You will all have seen the recent announcement that John Walsh has taken over as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, and the publication of the Call for Papers for Issue 9, ‘TEI and Materiality’.
The Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University, in collaboration with the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University Libraries, and Washington University in St. Louis Libraries, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy and Practices.
INRIA/Aviz Recruits an Engineer for the European Project Cendari.
The Aviz group at INRIA (www.inria.fr) is seeking a talented and
motivated engineer to work on the European project Cendari
(www.cendari.eu). Cendari is an infrastructure project aimed at
supporting historians and archivists working on the European history
with a transnational approach (by opposition of a national approach).
Today, Tuesday 16 September 2014, the TEI Consortium has released TEI P5 Guidelines version 2.7.0 (Codename: NinianTheEnlightener). This release introduces some additional recommendations (for example on text directionality) significant corrections to bugs, many publicly submitted feature requests, and especially inconsistencies of all sorts.
It is my great pleasure to announce that John Walsh will be taking over from me as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the TEI. Many people will know John from his roles on the TEI Board and the TEI Council. John is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University and Editor and Project Director of the Algernon Charles Swinburne Project.
To mark this transition, John will be editing Issue 9 of the Journal, ‘TEI and Materiality’. The Call for Papers is below. I wish John and the other editors of the Journal, Martin Holmes and Ron Van den Branden the very best in the continuing success of the Journal.
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the Open Access Repository Ranking (OARR) was launched September 9, 2014
during the Open-Access-Tage conference. It is the idea and goal of
OARR to show best practices and role models of the German repository
landscape so that other repository operators can learn from them and
improve their services step by step. OARR is a research project based at
the Information Management Department of Professor Peter Schirmbacher at
the Berlin School of Library and Information Science (BSLIS),
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) and currently lists 152 open
access publication repositories from Germany according to an open
metric. Open metric means:
The requirements study for a publication architecture targeting multiple media is one of my research priorities for the DiXiT Network.
A survey that hopefully will help to assess the software and technologies used for creation and publishing of digital scholarly editions. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/publishing_digital_editions.
Published continuously since 1905, the Indiana Magazine of History (IMH,http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/imh) is one of the nation’s oldest historical journals. Since 1913, the IMH has been edited and published quarterly at Indiana University, Bloomington. The IMH online provides free online access to all but the most recent two years of the journals with release of new content scheduled annually in March. For access to the journal’s most recent issues, you may subscribe directly to the IMH through the journal’s website: http://www.indiana.edu/~imaghist/home/subscriptions.html.
Northwestern University is pleased to announce a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the development of Tei Simple, which seeks to lower the entry barriers to working with TEI documents by combining a new highly constrained and prescriptive subset of the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines with a a “cradle to grave” processing model that associates the TEI Simple schema with explicit and standardized options for displaying and querying texts. A major driver for this project has been the imminent release into the public domain of some 25,000 TEI-encoded texts from Early English Books Online (EEBO), but the project aims more broadly at creating a friendlier and more interoperable environment for working with digital surrogates of books in European languages from the Early modern period into the 20th century.
With the new web service “correspSearch” (http://correspsearch.bbaw.de) you may search within the metadata of various scholarly letter editions with regard to senders, addressees, as well as places and time of origin. For this purpose, a website and an application programming interface (API) are provided.
As you clarify your plans for attending the 2014 TEI Conference (October 22-24), the TAPAS project team hopes you will consider attending our inaugural workshop on Saturday, October 25 as part of the conference’s annual workshop series (http://tei.northwestern.edu/workshops/).
a quick reminder that the Early Registration discount of 20% for the 2014
TEI conference will end August 31, 2014.If you register before
that deadline you save yourself a little money, and you give the
conference organizers very useful information about how many people to
plan for. For your sake and ours, please take advantage of the discount
and register at https://www.conftool.net/tei2014/
The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria is looking for a full-time (35 hours per week) web programmer to work with its team on several initiatives, including:
• developing digital humanities projects within an academic
• assisting in the development of plugins and features for an online
The ETCL is a leading-edge Humanities research lab, working on a variety of exciting projects. Self-motivated personalities are essential. Individual development and new ideas are encouraged. Read more about us at
Short-term research internship/position — Comparing and Improving Lexical Representation Standards
Inria is looking for a highly motivated young researcher (PhD or PhD Student) to provide an in-depth analysis of the ISO 24613 (Lexical Markup Framework – LMF) and its current application in both the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines and the W3C OntoLex initiative.
The researcher’s background and skills should comprise:
- Research interest in lexical information (from a lexicographic, corpus linguistic or computational linguistic viewpoint). The researcher may work on his/her own data.
- Understanding of data modeling in XML and/or OWL, with basic skills in XSLT. Experience with XML schema languages is a plus.
The core activity of the short research stay will be to examine how well the LMF meta-model is reflected in the TEI guidelines and the current OntoLex specification, in order to create a customisation of the TEI guidelines that has at least the same coverage as the Ontolex specification. The work will include gathering lexical samples that could serve as a proof of concept for this customisation.
Salary: may range from 1100€ to 2100€ (after deductions) depending on status and experience
Duration: 5-month employment, starting as soon as possible
Location: Berlin (Germany) with the work contract established in France. Depending on the current location and constraints of the applicant, the precise organisation of work can be subject to further agreements.
Contact: application comprising research CV and motivation letter should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurent Romary. TEI and LMF crosswalks. Stefan Gradmann and Felix Sasaki. Digital Humanities: Wissenschaft vom Verstehen, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, to appear —http://hal.inria.fr/hal-00762664
Laurent Romary, Werner Wegstein. Consistent modelling of heterogeneous lexical structures. Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, TEI Consortium, 2012 —http://hal.inria.fr/hal-00704511
Lothar Lemnitzer, Laurent Romary, Andreas Witt. Representing human and machine dictionaries in Markup languages. Ulrich Heid. Dictionaries. An International Encyclopedia of Lexicography. Supplementary volume: Recent developments with special focus on computational lexicography, Mouton de Gruyter, 2014 —http://hal.inria.fr/inria-00441215
John McCrae, Dennis Spohr, Philipp Cimiano, “Linking Lexical Resources and Ontologies on the Semantic Web with Lemon”, in The Semantic Web: Research and Applications, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 6643, 2011, pp 245-259
Dear members of the TEI community,
The Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C) invites nominations for election to the TEI-C Board (4 positions available) and Technical Council (5 positions available). Following the recent revision of the bylaws, 5 positions are vacant on the Council and 4 positions are available on the TEI-C Board. Nominations for these should be sent to the nomination committee at email@example.com by August 30, 2014. The elections will take place via electronic voting prior to the annual Members’ Meeting in October 2014.
The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) is looking for three Digital Humanities specialists.
Further information (in German) can be found in the detailed job descriptions:
TELOTA (The electronic life of the academy) – full time, fixed-term until 31/12/2015
Person data repository – part time, fixed-term for one year
Music Migrations in the Early Modern Age – part time, fixed-term until 31/08/2016
Arrangements for this year’s annual TEI Members’ Meeting, to be hosted by Northwestern University, in Evanston Illinois, October 22–24, 2014 are now well in hand. (see http://tei.northwestern.edu/ for details). The TEI Board is now therefore starting the planning process for next year’s meeting, to be held some time in the autumn/fall of 2015.
Name: Elli Bleeker
Working group project: ODD visualization
Contribution to group project: in comparison with the other participants, my experience with and knowledge of ODD and JSON was limited. Since it is very useful for anyone working with TEI XML to have at least a basic understanding of these concepts, I was happy to join this working group. At first, my contribution was mainly asking -perhaps obvious- questions about ODD. I’d like to think however that these questions helped to narrow down our goal. At least it was necessary to clearly describe the present state-of-the-art, what is missing, and why an ODD visualizer would be a welcome addition. During the workshop, I assisted with the creation of test data (several project-specific ODD, their transformation to flat ODD and subsequently to JSON); contributed on the design of the treemap and participated in the group discussions.
The general idea and necessity of an ODD visualization was quickly explained, so the group focused on what exactly needs to be visualized and especially, how. The current ODD visualizer of Byzantium does not show the amount of customization. Moreover, it is useful to see on which specific areas the ODD focuses. We were quick in dividing into three smaller groups, each with specific assigned roles depending on our pre-existing knowledge and capabilities.
We decided upon a D3 zoomable treemap for the visualization of the amount of customization. The treemap shows how elements are grouped as well as –by their size or color- to what extent the elements are customized. The zoomable option could also allow to ‘zoom in’ on the customized elements to see the exact changes made.
For all the deliverables (Google doc, Github, demo…), see the reports of the other group members.
It was a very useful experience for me to work on this project. Although from time to time intimidating, the immediate jump from theory to practice was the best way to learn the concept (ODD, flat ODD, TEI schema, JSON, etc…) and to understand the workflow of the different processes. Having to think about the visualization of something that I was not familiar with helped me a great deal in understanding it. Whether the resulting visualization is as clear and useful for others remains to be tested. Nevertheless it is clear that this could be a necessary tool for users of TEI, regardless of their level of experience.
Name: Elena Spadini,
Project: ODD visualization
Contribution: Discussion of the different steps with all the others.
Transformation from .odd to flat odd and then to .json
Contribution to the final design.
All links are available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u77xtS1WncnkjCwR9CpTfOYeW65q7meaXz7PM-Y5Tno/edit#heading=h.6w2vysqik2f4
We first discussed if and why it is interesting to have an ODD visualization. It can be useful both during the transcription stage, during which probably the schema continues to evolve; at the end of the process, to check immediatly and intuitive which are the mark-up “zones” where the customization was mainly working; to compare easily different customizations.
We found that the xslt from .odd to .json doesn’t take into account all datas: for instance, if a list of values for an attribute is closed or not and which are the mandatory ones or the suggested ones.
Use for the first time new resources, as the different xslt stylesheets for TEI.
Most of all: enjoyng the discussion with scholars with different professional skills and approaches.
Nick Laiacona, Performant Software Solutions LLC (www.performantsoftware.com)
Working Group Project:
I worked on the ODD Visualizer project.
Contribution to Group Project:
I adapted the D3 Tree View to work with the data model we developed to characterize the changes to a schema prescribed by a given ODD.
Dear XML aficionados,
in the midst of summertime, we provide you with a new version of BaseX,
our XML database system and XQuery 3.0 processor. This is what you get:
The project developers for the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS) are still seeking TEI project teams to participate as early adopters of the TAPAS service for the next phase of project development.
TAPAS Project Background
TAPAS is the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service for scholars and other creators of TEI data who need a place to publish their materials in different forms and ensure it remains accessible over time. TAPAS also provides a support community of other project developers and TEI experts enthusiastic about sharing their technical and experiential knowledge of all things TEI.
We invite you to visit tapasproject.org/ for more information on the project, its development, and participation opportunities.
Early Adopter Phase of TAPAS
We are currently transitioning out of the beta testing phase of the project and into an important next phase where we are inviting TEI project teams to begin using the TAPAS service and contribute real projects and collections to the site. By “real” projects and collections, we mean full-fledged TAPAS projects and collections built with non-test TEI data that can remain as live projects on the TAPAS site once TAPAS goes public. As a note, your TEI data need not be fully complete, as your projects will necessarily be works in progress, but this data should not be test or placeholder data.
By launch time, we would like to have at least 35 projects visible with working collections, metadata, and TEI data. Your contributed projects will help demonstrate for future users the capabilities and value of the TAPAS service, and provide a more welcoming environment for people to join. As an early adopter, you will have the wonderful opportunity to showcase your work. Your project would be featured in TAPAS publicity and would receive high visibility as a featured project on the TAPAS site.
Becoming a TAPAS Early Adopter
If you are interested in serving as an early adopter, here’s what we would need you to do:
- Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will forward you information on how to access the TAPAS site and create an account
- create a new TAPAS project with full project information (description, logo, one or more project participants)
- create at least one TAPAS collection with full collection information (description, metadata, publication settings)
- upload one or more TEI files for that collection with full metadata, ideally including some fairly detailed subject and genre metadata
In order to participate, you will need to have a current TEI membership, either as an individual ($50) or through your institution. Membership provides critical support for both the TEI and TAPAS, so we hope you may consider joining or rejoining if you’re not currently a TEI member.
We hope very much that you will be able to join the TAPAS community of early adopters–if you are able to, please respond to email@example.com we will send you more details about how to proceed.
Benjamin J. Doyle
TAPAS Project Manager
Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy & Practices
6-7 November 2014
The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library welcomes proposals for panels, papers, and presentations that address pedagogical approaches for using digital tools in humanities, science, and social science classrooms. Submission topics may include (but are not limited to) instructional methodologies and strategies for:
I’m delighted to announce the CFP of the 3rd term of our Digital
Classicist Seminar in Berlin. Please see below, and kindly forward the
information to all colleagues who might be interested.
On behalf of the Organising Committee,
the second DiXiT camp (14 – 19 September 2014) on XML/TEI for Digital Scholarly Editions at the University of Graz (Austria) organized by the Centre for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities is now open for applications!
The Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH) at the University of Cologne is offering a Marie Curie fellowship for an Experienced Researcher:
“Tool integration in the digital edition”
(full-time; fixed-term employment for 12 months, starting 1st November 2014).
The Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE) is happy to
announce the launch of a new review journal, RIDE. We aim to make
digital editions and resources more visible and to provide a forum in
which expert peers can evaluate and discuss the efforts of digital
editors in order to improve current practices and advance future
developments. It will do so by asking its reviewers to pay attention not
only to the traditional virtues and vices of any edition, but also to
the evolving methodology and its technical implications.
When the regular (peer-reviewed) part of the Balisage 2014 program was scheduled, a few slots were reserved for presentation of “Late breaking” material. These presentations have now been selected and added to the program.
Topics added include:
I have made a new release of the TEI Stylesheets in the usual places;
if you use Debian packages or the TEI framework updater in oXygen,
you’ll see them come over.
amongst other things, this release
* implements the Pure ODD markup more thoroughly
* fixes many small problems in Excel and Word to TEI (you’ve no idea how devious a docx file can be…), thanks to Magdalena Turska
* improves Markdown <-> TEI
* improves WordPress -> TEI (similar unimaginable horrors)
there remains an unresolved error in some ODD processing
https://github.com/TEIC/Stylesheets is the place to report
errors, and to send in fixes (as some people are doing,
which is great).
Director (Research) of Academic IT
University of Oxford IT Services
13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN. Phone +44 1865 283431
Não sou nada.
Nunca serei nada.
Não posso querer ser nada.
À parte isso, tenho em mim todos os sonhos do mundo.
The National University of Ireland Maynooth has an exciting opportunity for a developer (either at the postdoc or researcher level) to join an exciting national, multiinstitutional initiative in developing a trusted digital repository. The role at NUIM is in the area of data modelling using metadata schemes and standards (including TEI) common in digital humanities, digital preservation, and digital library projects.
Full particulars are available here
If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role and the project, please get in touch with me.
with all best wishes
Professor of Digital Humanities
Director of An Foras Feasa
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Dear TEI members,
we would like to invite you to the fourth DTA-Workshop, to be held on July 7th 2014, at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jägerstr. 22/23, Berlin (Germany).
I would like to invite you to discover the new oXygen XML Editor version 16 additions in two webinars that we scheduled during the following weeks, one focusing on XML development and the other on XML authoring:
I am working on a project that uses TEI to organize some authority data related to a large collection of documents. I need an experienced user of TEI to consult on the project and help troubleshoot some of the issues I’m having. I don’t feel that I am experienced enough to do this alone. I have funding that I can use to pay this person for their time. Below is a description of the tasks I need assistance with. Please let me know if you are interested in this opportunity by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is my pleasure to invite you to test a new tool I am developping, called the TEI Critical Edition Toolbox.
The current version of this online application can be found at the address below, but at this “beta testing” stage its access is password-protected:
If you wish to test the Toolbox, please send me a private message and I will send you the login and password.
You will find below a more detailed description of the purpose and features of the TEI Critical Edition Toolbox.
Call for nominations to EADH executive committee.
Humanities (EADH) will hold elections for three positions on its
executive committee (see http://eadh.org/about/constitution for
more information) this month and the election committee calls for
nominations. We note that we are beginning this later than usual and
Here is an update on the planning for the 2014 TEI Conference, hosted by
Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, October 22-24,2014
The Program Committee has now completed its review of submissions. People
have been notified of the results of the review, and we expect to publish
a conference schedule within the next ten days. There are likely to be a
few changes at the margins, but what you will see on or about “Bloomsday”
(June 16) will be what you get.