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For a second year in a row, DLS staff provided an Introduction to XML Workshop and invited a couple of graduate students, library and ArtSci staff. We made some changes this year by expanding it from two days to three and added more hands-on exercises. In addition, since 2007, we have expanded the unit to include Tim Lepczyk and Shannon Showers. Both were instrumental to planning and teaching the workshop.
In planning for the workship we also sought the expertise of one of the Subject Librarians, Kris Helbling and Charmaine Scott, who gave us some really good ideas on how to make it more interactive. Thanks Kris and Charmaine!
Here is a quick overview of what was covered: Day 1, Oct. 28th
Exercise: XML Pre-Test
Background and Introduction to XML
Exercise: Create your own XML document
Day 2, Oct. 29th
Introduction to oXygen XML Editor
Exercise: Working with an oXygen Project File and performing batch operations
Day 3, Oct.30th
Exercise: Perform an oXygen transformation using XSLT
Introduction to Metadata
Delivery of XML via DLXS
Introduction to OAI Metadata
After the workshop the Digital Projects Librarian met with Kris Helbling (who also attended the workshop) to get some post-workshop feedback to help for the next time. We also surveyed the attendees after the workshop was complete. 91% of the respondents said it was a positive learning experience! The full set of results of the survey can be view here.