“Balisage: The Markup Conference” is where serious markup practitioners and theoreticians meet every August. This year, on August 10 in Washington DC, there’s a pre-conference symposium of special interest to libraries, archives, and museums. It’s dedicated to cultural heritage markup, i.e., using Markup to preserve, understand, and disseminate cultural heritage materials.


Zepheira’s Uche Ogbuji and Mark Baker are presenting “Data transforms, patterns and profiles for 21st century Cultural Heritage.”

Here’s their description of their presentation.

In the early part of the 21st century, it's a near certainty that your local library provides web access, free WiFi, or both. Go! From the library, search the Web for information about books or music or film. Despite the fact that useful materials related to your search might be right there in the library, library’s resources might be nowhere in the search results. This applies to memory organization’s records too. Although libraries were early adopters of computer technologies, they now need to take action to be visible on the Web.

It’s vital to teach the Web how to interpret a library’s catalog and memory organization’s records. We’ll discuss making it simpler and easier to convert from legacy library information formats such as MARC/XML to widely adopted web formats such as HTML and Linked Data. Providing libraries with a fast, flexible way to make their catalogs more idiomatically "on the web" will put libraries at the center of information discovery.

As soon as Balisage posts the proceedings we’ll notify the Libhub Initiative community.