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Information Modeling Using XML
Full Day, Saturday, October 18, 9:00am-5:00pm (separate fee)

XML is today's key technology for understanding and representing information. In this seminar, you will learn the core technologies behind XML and then use them to model a document and its metadata.

The seminar is designed for people with any amount of previous technical background who want to understand the structure of information and be able to create robust and consistent logical frameworks on which computer programs can operate. The seminar focuses on analysis, providing the tools you will need to perform your own analyses in the future.

Class Topics

XML Technologies

The seminar begins with skills building around the following XML technologies:

  • XML instance documents which are the files that contain the representation of a document and its metadata.
  • XML Schemas which are the files that contain the rules of construction for XML documents of a particular type.
  • XSLT Transforms which are the files you use to translate XML into HTML and other publication formats.

During this part of the seminar you will learn the key parts of each of these technologies and begin to apply these concepts to unpack and understand XML files.

Information Analysis and Modeling

During analysis, you decide what parts of a document are key to its structure and management. During modeling, you create a generalized XML representation of the document and its management. At the end of analysis and modeling, you have a way to control the creation and administration of documents of a particular type.

In this part of the seminar, you will learn these techniques you can use to analyze and model documents:

  • Section analysis to discover the major structural divisions of the document.
  • Block analysis to decide what types of paragraphs, tables and lists the document may contain.
  • Inline analysis to decide what images, links and character formatting your various blocks should contain.

Learning Objectives

I will consider the seminar a success if you:

  • Gain basic proficiency in the range of XML tools and techniques we discuss including an understanding of the key parts of each of these technologies and are ready to pursue the technologies that most interest you.
  • Come to an understanding of the way information can be analyzed and modeled using XML and are comfortable beginning such an analysis on your own.


Bob Boiko is author of the book Content Management Bible, which is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the subject of content management. He is founder and president of the consultancy Metatorial Services Inc. which helps organizations begin and accomplish content management projects. Bob has over 15 years of experience in the design and development of Web, hypertext, and multimedia systems and tools for some of the world's top technology corporations (including Microsoft, Motorola, and Boeing).  Bob is internationally known for his dynamic lectures and workshops. In addition, Bob is on the faculty of the University of Washington's Information School, a group dedicated to helping shape the emerging electronic information discipline. Bob's academic interests include metadata systems, information architecture, and information system design. Bob also has a deep interest in public access computing and the digital divide.

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