[Humanist] 24.87 the Balisage Contest

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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 87.
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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.


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