TEI Encoding for Classical Asian Text at Hamburg University

Workshop announcement:
“TEI Encoding for Classical Asian Text” at Hamburg University
12th–14th July, 2010
Location: Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies (Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg), Alsterterrasse 1, D-20354 Hamburg, Germany
Convener: Prof. Dr. Dorji Wangchuk (Hamburg University)
Instructor: Prof. Dr. Marcus Bingenheimer (Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan), Dr. Kenichi Kuranishi

The goal of the workshop is to train a community of contributors to mark-up aligned (or parallel) corpora in a way that could be plugged into the planned Indo-Tibetan Lexical Resource project and serve as source materials for the lexicographical study of classical Asian texts.

The first two days will introduce Humanities scholars to TEI, on the third day participants will start their own encoding project with assistance from the instructors.

For registration please contact Prof. Wangchuk (dorji.wangchuk@uni-hamburg.de), for questions regarding the workshop please write to Bingenheimer (m.bingenheimer@gmail.com).


TEI @ Oxford Summer School 2010

TEI @ Oxford Summer School 2010


The TEI @ Oxford Summer School is a three day course introducing the recommendations of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for encoding of digital text. It combines in-depth coverage of the latest version of the TEI Recommendations for the encoding of digital text with practical workshops on related technologies. It
includes an introduction to mark-up, explanations of the TEI Guidelines, and approaches to publishing TEI texts. Practical exercises expose you hands-on experience of a wide range of TEI customisation, editing, and publication.

Each day will also include a number of afternoon 2.5 hour parallel workshops on related technologies and topics. These will include TEI Publishing; TEI for Language Resources; Transforming TEI with XSLT; TEI in Libraries; Creating a TEI-based Website with the eXist XML Database; and Genetic Editing: transcribing
documents, transcribing the process. There will also be optional surgery sessions for those who wish to consult with TEI@Oxford about their particular projects or encoding issues. There will also be guest lectures from Digital Humanities experts familiar with the TEI talking about their own projects, including C. Michael Sperberg-McQueen (co-editor of the XML Spec and one of the founding editors of the TEI).

If you are a project manager, research assistant, or encoder working on any kind of project concerned with the creation or management of digital text, this course is for you.

The course runs from Monday 12 July – Wednesday 14 July, 2010. The course runs from 09:30 – 17:30 each day in our fully-equipped computer training rooms. Lunch and refreshments are included in the course fee.

Questions about booking on the workshop: courses@oucs.ox.ac.uk

Dr James Cummings
Research Technologies Service
University of Oxford

New TEI Newsfeed

I’m pleased to announce that the TEI-C website now has a new Newsfeed system.  This should allow quicker and easier posting of news items to the TEI-C website sidebar and TEI News Page [1].  Although it appears entirely integral to the TEI-C website, it is in fact drawn from our Sourceforge project and based on a wordpress blog there to enable easier posting.  As the TEI Sourceforge admins can delegate posting to the newsfeed there, it means that more volunteers will eventually be able to post news without needing access to the CMS system that the TEI website uses.

You can subscribe to an atom [2]  or RSS [3] feed on the sourceforge site if you wish to consume TEI News directly.

For those interested in the technical details, what happens is that at a regular interval the Atom feed is grabbed from the Sourceforge site and then transformed (with XSLT) to some XHTML fragments of either a list of headlines or the News page content itself.  These are then dynamically included in the appropriate pages inside the OpenCMS system that the TEI-C website currently uses.

I’m sure a number of bugs will rear their heads as soon as this is announced, do feel free to report them on the TEI-L list, on Sourceforge or to me directly.  (Note: It is known that some of the dates are wrong on early posts, they were imported to wordpress without dates.)

Many thanks to David Sewell for his assistance with integrating this with OpenCMS.

-James Cummings

[1] http://www.tei-c.org/News/
[2] https://sourceforge.net/apps/wordpress/tei/feed/atom/
[3] https://sourceforge.net/apps/wordpress/tei/feed/

AccessTEI Launched: New Digitization Benefit for Member Institutions Now Available

With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation‘s Scholarly Communications and Information Technology programme, and in cooperation with Apex CoVantage, LLC, a leader in content management outsourcing, the Text Encoding Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of its new AccessTEI digitization program.

AccessTEI is a digitization program that allows member institutions of the TEI to realize saving and workflow efficiencies in the outsourcing of digitization work normally available only to the largest and most active of institutions. By taking advantage of economies of scale among the TEI membership, AccessTEI is able to offer preferred pricing even on very small jobs—while still providing users with access to individual project management and Quality Assurance programs. Pricing is set by the output kilobyte, providing cost certainty.

The AccessTEI Project Management Interface

The AccessTEI Project Management Interface

Using the AccessTEI web portal member institutions submit work for digitization. In recognition of the fact that TEI members work with a wide variety of content, AccessTEI accepts a very wide variety of original documents from modern print to manuscript and in western and non-western character sets. An innovative pricing matrix allows users to determine the cost effectiveness of any particular job, ensuring that limited resources (including the time of skilled researchers) are applied with maximum efficiency.

Submissions to this program are encoded in TEI Tite, a special TEI-developed customization developed to ensure maximum keyboarding efficiency. Users can easily transform documents encoded in Tite into TEI P5 XML or other standard markup languages.

Contact the TEI to learn about how your project can become a member in order to take advantage of this program. Already a member? Contact us to set up your AccessTEI account.

Balisage 2010 Program Available

Balisage 2010 Program Announced!!!

It’s time to make plans to go to Montreal for Balisage: The Markup Conference 2010.

If your toolkit includes markup, and you care about keeping your tools sharp; if you are a markup geek and happy to be one; if you are NOT a markup geek but find it informative to hang around with them now and then, you should enjoy Balisage.

See the Schedule at a Glance: http://www.balisage.net/2010/At-A-Glance.html
or study the Detailed program: http://www.balisage.net/2010/Program.html

Think about attending the preconference symposium on XML for the Long Haul:
Issues in the Long-term Preservation of XML

Read about the symposium: http://www.balisage.net/longhaul/
and study the symposium program at: http://www.balisage.net/longhaul/LHProgram.html

For a little help justifying your trip to Balisage see: http://www.balisage.net/WhyBalisage/why.html

The TEI is a partner of Balisage.

TEI Conference and Members Meeting: Late Breaking Submissions

As in the previous years, the Programme Committee for the TEI Conference and Members Meeting in Zadar(Croatia) has reserved some slots on the program for late breaking submissions.  These are submissions that do not undergo the peer review process and thus not (automatically) qualify for inclusion in the conference proceedings, but otherwise the requirements and proposal formats are very similar; details can be found at the conference web page.

The start of submissions will probably be at the beginning of August and will be announced here as well, today’s message is just to inform you of this possibility, which will come as a relief to those who missed the deadline of the first round of submissions, but still would like to have a chance to contribute to the program of the meeting.

There will also be an exciting slate of pre-conference workshops to be announced really soon now, so please watch this space, or the conference website for further information.

For the programme commmittee,

Christian Wittern, Kyoto