XBRL US will be holding two XBRL Challenge Webinars to prep entrants to the XBRL Challenge contest, and yes, other developers with interest in XBRL data.

The first webinar is on December 8, 2011 will feature Christine Tan, formerly XBRL Project Manager at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Among other things, she will be discussing how changes are made to the taxonomy. The second webinar is scheduled for December 16, 2011 and will feature Microsoft’s Mark Schnitzer.

PR Newswire brought this information to our attention in their article, “XBRL Challenge Webinar Series to Feature XBRL Data Management (12/8/11) and Investor Analysis (12/16/11).”

The XBRL Challenge is a contest designed to spur innovation and development of analytical applications that consume XBRL financial statement data. The Challenge seeks to reach developers and technologists, both individuals and teams as well as companies to get educated, share ideas and create original, useful tools for investors, researchers, regulators, economists, watchdogs and academics. A $20,000 prize will be awarded to the top applicant. Final applications must be submitted by January 31, 2012 and the prize will be awarded on February 29, 2012.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.