Balisage 2011: Call for Participation

Balisage 2011

Pre-conference workshop: 1 August 2011

Conference: 2-5 August 2011

Hotel Europa, Montreal, Canada

Papers proposals due 8 April 2011

Balisage is an annual conference devoted to the theory and practice of descriptive markup and related technologies for structuring and managing information.


Paper proposals and nominations for peer reviewers are solicited for Balisage 2011, to be held 2-5 August 2011 in Montreal.

Each year, Balisage gathers together an eclectic mix of participants interested in markup, and puts them together in one of the world’s great cities for three and half days of discussion about points of interest in the use of descriptive markup to build strong, lasting information systems. Practitioners and theorists, vendors and users, tool-users and tool-makers, all provide their perspectives at Balisage.

Nominations for paper proposals and peer reviewers and are solicited.

As always, papers at Balisage can address any aspect of the use of markup and markup languages to represent information and build information systems. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • XML and related technologies
  • Non-XML markup languages
  • Implementation experience with XML parsing, XSLT processors, XQuery processors, XProc implementations, Topic Map engines, or any markup-related technology
  • Case studies of markup design and deployment
  • Recent and upcoming milestones in standards development
  • Semantics of markup languages
  • JSON and XML
  • the future of XML (if any)
  • the future of descriptive markup (if any)

Balisage is a peer-reviewed conference. Our electronic proceedings are freely available as part of the Balisage Series on Markup Technologies. Get a taste of Balisage from the proceedings of previous Balisage conferences ( or browse the Series Topics List (


More Information:


  • 11 March 2011 – Peer review applications due
  • 8 April 2011 – Paper submissions due
  • 8 April 2011 – Applications due for student support awards
  • 20 May 2011 – Speakers notified
  • 8 July 2011 – Final papers due
  • 1 August 2011 – Pre-conference Symposium
  • 2-5 August 2011 – Balisage: The Markup Conference

Help make Balisage your favorite XML Conference. See you in Montréal!