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International Symposium on
Quality Assurance and Quality Control in XML

Monday August 6, 2012
Hotel Europa, Montréal, Canada

What is Good XML? How Can We Tell? A one-day discussion of issues relating to Quality Control and Quality Assurance in the XML environment.

XML systems and software are complex and constantly changing. XML documents are highly varied, may be large or small, and often have complex life-cycles. In this challenging environment quality is difficult to define, measure, or control, yet the justifications for using XML often include promises or implications relating to quality.


The day will begin with an introductory overview of quality-control issues in complex XML workflows by Dale Waldt of LexisNexis, followed by a discussion of quality control of schemas and vocabulary definitions from Eric van der Vlist of Dyomedea. Case studies reporting on quality assurance techniques used by the U.S. National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central, Portico, Scholars Portal, and the American Chemical Society make up the central part of the day. Steve DeRose of OpenAmplify will discuss ways in which text analytics tools can change the boundaries of the validatable, discussing both existing technology and open challenges. The final part of the day is devoted to an open-mike discussion among symposium participants and to a concluding summary and round-up of the day by Mary McRae.


8:00 Breakfast
8:00 Registration - Mezzanine Level outside Mont Blanc
9:00 Introduction
9:10 Quality assurance in the XML world: Beyond validation Dale Waldt
9:50 XML instances to validate XML schemas Eric van der Vlist
10:30 Break
11:00 Quality control practice for Scholars Portal, an XML-based e-journals repository Wei Zhao, Jayanthy Chengan, & Agnes Bai
11:40 Quality control of PMC content: A case study Christopher Kelly & Jeff Beck
12:20 ACS publications — Ensuring XML quality Tamara Stoker & Keith Rose
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Announcements
2:05 Beyond well-formed and valid Sheila Morrissey, John Meyer, Sushil Bhattarai, Gautham Kalwala, Sachin Kurdikar, Jie Ling, Matthew Stoeffler, & Umadevi Thanneeru
2:45 Case study: Quality assurance and quality control techniques in an XML data conversion project Charlie Halpern-Hamu
3:15 Break
3:45 Text analytics and the internal structure of content Steven J. DeRose
4:15 Open Forum
5:15 Wrap-up Mary McRae
5:30 Closing

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