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Balisage: where serious markup practitioners and theoreticians meet every August. If you are a markup geek and happy to be one, Balisage is the place for you. If you are NOT a markup geek but find it instructive to spend time with them now and then, you will enjoy Balisage.

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2018

31 July 2018–3 August 2018 … Balisage: The Markup Conference

30 July 2018 … Symposium on Markup Vocabulary Ecosystems

CAMBRiA Hotel & Suites
1 Helen Heneghan Way
Rockville, Maryland 20850

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

2018 Balisage Conference Program
Symposium on Markup Vocabulary Ecosystems

The 2018 program includes papers that reflect and look forward, and that discuss the use of markup to: manage documentation, visualize large XML datasets, explore dominant and recessive heirarchies (overlap!), examine the balance between declarative and imperative forms, gather, collate, and analyze large volumes of web data, consider the precise nature of relationships, discuss making data comprehensible with style guides, explore the role of metaphor in our understanding of technology, teach us to think of documents as hypergraphs, imagine new forms of stand-off markup, consider the importance of understanding what we are trying to build, make hard things easier, push our favorite technologies into new places both familiar and unexpected, scale up, and scale out.

Unfamiliar with Balisage? To get a taste of Balisage, browse the Proceedings' Master Topics List by clicking on the "+" to expand the Concepts, Specifications, or Processes topics lists.

People involved with Balisage

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, archivists, document managers, standards developers, programmers, and publishers.

Conference Committee

B. Tommie Usdin, Mulberry Technologies
Deborah A. Lapeyre, Mulberry Technologies
James David Mason
C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, Black Mesa Technologies
Norman Walsh, MarkLogic Corporation

Advisory Board