Balisage is an annual conference devoted to the theory and practice of descriptive markup and related technologies for structuring and managing information.
We welcome anyone and everyone interested in open information, reusable documents, vendor and application independence, and the other benefits of descriptive markup. Participants typically include XML users, librarians, archivists, computer scientists, XSLT and XQuery programmers, implementers of XSLT and XQuery engines and other markup-related software, Topic-Map enthusiasts, semantic-Web evangelists, members of the working groups which define the specifications, academics, industrial researchers, representatives of governmental bodies and NGOs, industrial developers, practitioners, consultants, and the world's greatest concentration of markup theorists. Discussion is open, candid, and unashamedly technical. Content-free marketing spiels are forbidden.
If you are a markup geek and happy to be one, or if you are NOT a markup geek but find it informative to hang around with them now and then, you should enjoy Balisage.
Balisage is a peer-reviewed conference. Our electronic proceedings are freely available as part of the Balisage Series on Markup Technologies. To get a taste of Balisage, visit the programs of previous Balisage programs (Balisage 2013 or 2008) or browse the Proceedings' Master Topics List.
The people making Balisage include markup theoreticians and practitioners, data modelers, designers, architects, and both aficionados and deep thinkers. We work as software developers, system architects, academics, integrators, librarians, data miners, lexicographers, integrators, archivists, document managers, standards developers, programmers, and publishers.