Text Encoding Initiative 2016


This introductory workshop will balance lectures with hands-on practical sessions to introduce and survey the recommendations of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for creation of digital text. The workshop combines in-depth coverage of the latest version of the TEI P5 Guidelines for the encoding of digital text with practical exercises to reinforce the topics covered. It provides an introduction to markup, XML, the infrastructure of the TEI Guidelines, and the encoding of common textual phenomena. Major aspects surveyed will include: basic TEI structural and phrase-level elements, metadata, names of people and places, the transcription and description of manuscripts and other primary sources, encoding correspondence and its metadata, and the customisation of the TEI schema. Almost an entire day will focus on the new guidelines for encoding correspondence in the TEI. Practical exercises give you hands-on experience of a wide range of TEI editing. No previous experience with markup, XML, or TEI is assumed.



Schedule Details


11:00 - 12:30

Markup, XML, and the TEI
James Cummings

This opening session introduces the concept of markup, the structure and rules of XML, as well as giving some background on the Text Encoding Initiative.

14:00 - 16:00

Exercise 1: Using the oXygen XML Editor

The TEI Structure and Core Components
Martina Scholger

This session introduces the default TEI structure and the core components for getting started with the Text Encoding Initiative.

16:30 - 17:30

Exercise 2: Creating a Valid TEI Document

James Cummings and Martina Scholger

The first day of the workshop will end with a discussion of delegate’s own projects, general questions about Markup, XML, and the TEI.


11:00 - 12:30

TEI Metadata
James Cummings

This session will introduce the <teiHeader> element and how one stores metadata in a TEI document.

14:00 - 16:00

Exercise 3: Creating a Better TEI Header

Names, People, Places and Organisations
Martina Scholger

This session covers the encoding of names and other references to entities like persons, places and organisations in more detail, as well as encoding dates and times.

16:30 - 17:30

Exercise 4: Marking Up Names of People and Places

CatCor: The Correspondence of Catherine the Great
Kelsey Rubin-Detlev

A case study talk on a current pilot project for a digital database of the correspondence of Catherine the Great.


11:00 - 12:30

TEI for Manuscript Description
Matthew Holford

This session will explore the msDesc module and how it can be used to encode richly granular metadata for manuscripts and other primary sources.

14:00 - 16:00

Exercise 5: Creating a Manuscript Description

TEI for Transcription and Editing
Martina Scholger

This session covers the representation of primary sources, such as manuscripts and other handwritten material: encoding digital facsimiles, detailed transcriptions and textual alterations.

16:30 - 17:30

Exercise 6: Editing a TEI Transcription

EpiDoc: TEI for Ancient Documents
Gabriel Bodard

The EpiDoc Guidelines map existing scholarly practice of text transcription (Leiden Conventions) and object description (epigraphic practice) to a subset of TEI, used by a large community of projects and tool creators.


11:00 - 12:30

TEI for Correspondence
Sabine Seifert and Peter Stadler

This session will introduce the correspDesc element and how to encode correspondence specific metadata.

14:00 - 16:00

Exercise 7: Editing TEI Correspondence

WeGA and Intellectual Berlin
Sabine Seifert and Peter Stadler

This session provides case study talks on the correspondence projects of the Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Gesamtausgabe and “Letters and Texts. Intellectual Berlin around 1800”

16:30 - 17:30

Exercise 8: Correspondence Interchange

Music Encoding Initiative (MEI)
Peter Stadler

An introduction to the Music Encoding Initiative which shares many encoding features with TEI.


11:00 - 12:30

Customising the TEI for your project
Sabine Seifert and Peter Stadler

This session will introduce the TEI modules and class system and how to create a custom TEI schema to your needs.

14:00 - 16:00

Exercise 9: Making a custom TEI Schema

Transforming and Publishing TEI texts
Sabine Seifert and Peter Stadler

This session introduces the TEI Stylesheets and how to produce various output formats from a TEI source.

16:30 - 17:30

Exercise 10: Using the TEI Stylesheets


‘Where Next?’ and Concluding Discussions

All main tutors who are available will have a discussion about where students can go from here, and an open discussion on any remaining issues.


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