JATS-Con Pre-Conference Tutorials — October 21, 2013
Please note: The Introduction to Schematron tutorial is now full.
We will have a tutorial day at JATS-Con this year with two half-day tutorials. In the morning we will have PMC Tools and Data Workshop presented by PMC staff, and in the afternoon we will have Introduction to Schematron presented by Mulberry Technologies.
As with the conference, there is no fee; however, registration is required. The group size will be limited to 23. You may register for one or both of the tutorials.
Tutorial Day Schedule
|9:00–12:30||PMC Tools and Data Workshop|
|1:30–5:00||Introduction to Schematron|
Mulberry Technologies, Inc.
PMC Tools and Data Workshop
This half-day tutorial will provide an overview of the various tools provided by PMC as well as a more hands-on and in-depth exploration of the tools-—both the what and the why. If you've ever wondered why a particular style rule exists or what happens if you ignore a style checker warning, come find out, and bring your data! Participants are encouraged to bring examples of data to work through with PMC staff. We'll run data through the tools, explore the error and warning messages, and talk about the why, not just the what.
In order to work with the public PMC tools, participants should bring a Windows or Macintosh computer with WiFi and the ability to read files from a USB stick.
Introduction to Schematron
In this half-day hands-on Introduction to Schematron, participants will meet a valuable tool for anyone creating, manipulating, or archiving XML documents. Schematron is a tool for finding things out about XML documents. With Schematron, users can identify all documents or portions of documents that have, or don't have, a particular structure, value, or pattern. For example, a user can find all of the documents that lack author biographies; have empty titles; have more than 25 figures; or show any lists with fewer than 3 or more than 250 items. Schematron is used to check things that may be valid but that are often incorrect and to report on the status of a document or document collection.
Participants learn how Schematron is used to identify both the presence and absence of data and patterns, and are introduced to some of the more complex things one can write with Schematron such as checking co-occurrance constraints which cannot be expressed in DTD, XSD, or RNG schemas. Most of the examples and demonstration in this class use JATS documents.
In order to do the hands-on exercises participants should bring a Windows or Macintosh computer running a recent copy of oXygen (any version, trial licenses are fine) and the ability to read files from a CD or USB stick (to acquire the data for the hands-on exercises).
Participants should have a basic knowledge of XML tagging and of the JATS. No prior Schematron, XPath, or XSLT knowledge is required, nor is a programming background needed. (Many editors, for example, find that Schematron is a valuable tool when they are working with XML documents.)
Machines will not be provided, so bring one if you want to work along. WiFi will be available.
Building and room details will be sent to confirmed registrants. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
JATS-Con is hosted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine on the National Institutes of Health Campus in Bethesda, MD. See http://www.nih.gov/about/visitor/index.htm for information on visiting the NIH Campus. Please note that as of October 1, 2008, the use of all tobacco products is prohibited on the NIH Campus.