[Humanist] 24.87 the Balisage Contest
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 87.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2010 16:17:04 -0400
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez at mulberrytech.com>
Subject: Balisage contest
Forwarded on behalf of the Balisage conference committee, with
apologies for cross-posting.
Note that one does not have to attend the conference in order to compete.
Balisage 2010 Contest - Solve the Modern Tower of Babel
As part of the Balisage 2010 Conference, MarkLogic has put forth a
challenge in the form of a contest. The goal of the contest is to
encourage markup experts to review and to research the current state
of wiki markup languages and to generate a proposal that serves to
de-babelize the current state of affairs for the long haul.
Wikis: tower-of-babel Solve the modern tower of babel
Contest Description: In the past few decades, as a planet, we've
succeeded tremendously in standardizing a number of technologies (yay
us!). Wiki technology (other than its underlying use of web
technologies as a platform) is not solidly in this list. There is a
lot of content available today in a variety of wiki syntaces. This
syntax is not standardized. Some argue it shouldn't be. Go beyond the
existing debates, diatribes, and arguments. Put us on a practical
track to fixing this and ensuring we will have access to this content
for the long haul.
To enter, you must propose a set of concrete steps (organizational,
social, and/or technological) that will enable wiki content
interchange, a real WYSIWYG editor, and/or wiki syntax standardization.
Entries will be evaluated based on criteria that includes:
* How well does the entry understand the current state of the art?
* How well does the entry identify key stake holders and actors
(including history, motivation, and so on)
* Is the entry clear on its objectives? (The summary allows for
some variance here).
* Is the approach/vision elegant, clever, or mind-changing?
* Are the set of steps actionable and implementable?
Guidelines, rules, and prize:
1. Please no more than 10000 words.
2. Entries should be submitted by July 15th to:
balisage-2010-contest at marklogic dot com
3. Author(s) retains copyright and grants MarkLogic a non-exclusive
license to publish the winning entry.
4. The winner will be announced on August 3rd at the conference and
will take home a choice of
* Apple 15" (i5) MacBook Pro
* Apple MacBook Air or
* USD $2000
5. The winner will be strongly encouraged (but not required) to give a
brief summary (~10 minutes) of their winning entry at the conference
on August 3rd.
6. Employees of MarkLogic are not eligible.
7. Judges decision is final.
8. Contest-related questions may also be submitted to:
balisage-2010-contest at marklogic dot com.
Wendell Piez mailto:wapiez at mulberrytech.com
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