The Washington Area SGML/XML Users Group is having its next meeting on October 20th at 7:00 PM at the American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue NW. Sasha Schwarzman will present "XML-Centric Workflow Offers Benefits to Scholarly Publishers."

In a few short years the American Geophysical Union (AGU) leapfrogged from the paste-up era, when authors prepared their own camera-ready copy to be pasted on boards for a printer, to the age of XML, when an article marked up in accordance with a custom-designed DTD serves both as a version of record and a source for generating PDF and HTML article representations. This presentation looks at the advantages of XML-Centric Workflow from the point of view of a scholarly publisher.

Alexander ('Sasha') Schwarzman is Information Systems Analyst at American Geophysical Union (AGU), a non-profit scientific society with 41,000 members from 130 countries. Since 1999 he has been involved in AGU's transition from a paper-based to an XML-oriented publishing model. He developed and maintained AGU Article SGML and XML DTDs, formulated requirements for AGU metadata database and suite of XML/XSL tools that work with it, designed specifications for conversion of legacy metadata into the database, and implemented an XML-centric production workflow for currently published journals that includes AGU staff and outside vendors.