What I learned about XML for small publishers at TOC

In early February I got to head over to New York to attend O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference. It was a great time, and I learned a lot about exactly the sort of stuff I’m interested in; namely, how publishers are dealing with technology and what sort of problems and opportunities new technology is opening up. After I got back to Portland, Kent Watson from PubWest (who is also one of our instructors at PSU’s publishing graduate program) asked me and Victoria Blake from Underland Press to join himĀ  in talking to the members of PubWest about the sort of stuff we learned at the conference.

So I sat down and came up with a PowerPoint presentation (that I never got to use, sadly enough) and threw together some of my thoughts, most of which were about XML. At Ooligan Press, the student-run press that makes the PSU publishing program the really amazing thing that it is, I’m the digital content manager. It’s somthing I pretty much jumped into based on interest rather than knowledge, but school is the time to do that sort of thing. So I went to TOC hoping to learn a lot about how to turn out digital content efficiently, and in particular about how to integrate XML into our workflow at Ooligan.

Well, the morning of the presentation I was told there would be a camera there. So, without further ado, here are links to a couple of videos of me rambling about XML and publishing:

XML, part 1

XML, part 2

and here’s a link to a search page showing all the videos.

Enjoy!

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