Reminder: Early registration for TEI members meeting and conference closes in one week

A reminder that early registration for the TEI members meeting and
conference in Zadar, Croatia closes in one week. The conference will
consist of three days of optional but very exciting pre-conference
workshops (November 8-10), and three days of sessions, refereed papers,
and Special Interest Group meetings (November 11-14). Information on the
conference may be found here: Registration is via our
online store:

If you register before September 8th, you will receive a 20% discount on
the pre-conference workshops and 15% discount on conference
registration. For members and individual subscribers to the TEI, this
discount is in addition to the up to 50% discounts on registration they
already receive.

Because workshops are being offered on a cost-recovery basis, it is
important that people who are considering taking a pre-conference
workshop indicate this soon: workshops that do not enroll sufficiently
are subject to cancellation by the end of September.

In addition to the exciting programme of speakers, our pre-conference
workshops are being conducted by prominent leaders in the world of TEI
and XML more generally: Norm Walsh (XProc), C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
(XQuery and Xforms), the TEI@Oxford team (Understanding ODD), Elena
Pierazzo and Malte Rehbein (the newly proposed Genetic Encoding Module),
and Andreas Witt, Thomas Schmidt, Hanna Hedeland, Timm Lehmberg (Using
TEI for Transcription of Speech).

Workshops are priced for members/subscribers at $60 for each half-day
($51/half-day before September 8th). Workshops vary in length from 1
half day to one and a half days.

You can become a subscriber of the TEI and/or register for the
conference workshops at our on-line store: Early
Registration closes September 7th.

Daniel Paul O’Donnell
Professor of English
University of Lethbridge

Chair and CEO, Text Encoding Initiative (
Co-Chair, Digital Initiatives Advisory Board, Medieval Academy of America
President-elect (English), Society for Digital Humanities/Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs (
Founding Director (2003-2009), Digital Medievalist Project (

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TEI Manuscript Encoding Workshops

Introduction to Manuscript Encoding with TEI
Women Writers Project, Brown University
September 24-25, 2010
December 3-4, 2010

Space is still available in two introductory workshops on encoding manuscript materials with TEI.

These workshops will introduce participants to text encoding with the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines, with emphasis on manuscript texts. Participants will work through the essentials of TEI manuscript encoding and tackle topics and issues including:

  • how to represent revision processes and editorial perspectives
  • how to represent documents that are both manuscript and print
  • how to represent information about handwriting
  • how to capture details of the physical document
  • how we might use this information in a digital environment

No prior experience is necessary.

These workshops are aimed at humanities faculty, archivists, librarians, students, and anyone interested in getting a strong introduction to digital humanities concepts, methods, and tools. Each workshop combines hands-on practice with discussion and lectures, and participants are encouraged to work with their own project materials. These small group events offer a wonderful opportunity to learn about other digital projects as well as to master important methods and concepts in an exploratory setting.

More information, including detailed workshop descriptions and registration information, can be found at

Students and members of the TEI consortium receive a 33% discount on registration.

All workshops are held at the Brown University Women Writers Project and are led by Julia Flanders, Syd Bauman, and John Melson.

September 24-25, 2010
Introduction to Manuscript Encoding with TEI
$300 ($200 for students and TEI members)

December 3-4, 2010
Introduction to Manuscript Encoding with TEI
$300 ($200 for students and TEI members)

We hope to see you in Providence!

best wishes, Julia

Julia Flanders

jTEI: Call for reviewers


This is a note to encourage you to sign up as a reviewer for the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, our recently launched double-blind peer-reviewed journal. The closing date for our first issue is 30 October, and we would like to have a reviewer panel in place that covers the wide range of themes, standards, and disciplines that the TEI covers.

Please consider serving jTEI and the TEI community by providing your expertise and advice.  As a reviewer, you play a significant part in ensuring that submissions to our journal are of the highest academic quality, and your feedback is essential for the authorial and editorial revision of articles.

To register with the journal and for further information, please visit .

Thank you!

On behalf of the jTEI Editorial Board,

Markus Flatscher
(Technical Editor)

CFP: Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age

Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: Textual Methodologies and Exemplars

15 December 2010

Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands), The Hague in conjunction with the conference “Text & Literacy” (16-17 December)

Proposals due 30 September 2010

Digital technology is fundamentally altering the way we relate to writing, reading, and the human record itself. The pace of that change has created a gap between core social/cultural practices that depend on stable reading and writing environments and the new kinds of digital artefacts—electronic books being just one type of many—that must sustain those practices now and into the future.

This one-day gathering explores research foundations pertinent to understanding those new practices and emerging media, specifically focusing on work in textual method, in itself and via exemplar, leading toward [1] theorizing the transmission of culture in pre- and post-electronic media, [2] documenting the facets of how people experience information as readers and writers, [3] designing new kinds of interfaces and artifacts that afford new reading abilities, [4] conceptualizing the issues necessary to provide information to these new reading and communicative environments, and [5] reflection on interdisciplinary team research strategies pertinent to work in the area.

The gathering is offered in conjunction with the Text & Literacy conference (16-17 December) and is sponsored by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (the National Library of the Netherlands), the Book and Digital Media Studies department of Leiden University, and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments research group.

We invite paper and poster/demonstration proposals that address these and other issues pertinent to research in the area. Proposals should contain a title, an abstract (of approximately 250 words) plus list of works cited, and the names, affiliations, and website URLs of presenters; fuller papers will be solicited after acceptance of the proposal.  Please send proposals before 30 September 2010 to

TEI MM 2010: Conftool now open for latebreaking proposals

Dear TEI users,

Here is good news for everyone who is considering to submit a late-breaking proposal for the TEI members meeting 2010 in Zadar, Croatia (Nov. 8 to 14):

We now started to accept proposals at the TEI conference management tool. The official closing date for this is September 30th, 2010.

Late-breaking proposals are screened by the Programme Committee and do not undergo the peer-review process of the regular submissions, thus also do not qualify for automatic consideration for the conference volume. More information about the conference is here, the call for late-breaking proposals is here.

There is an excellent slate of workshops on offer for this year’s conference, for which the early bird rate offering discounts of up to 20% is still available. Yet another good reason to consider coming to Zadar this year and catch up with what is going on in the text encoding community!

All the best,

Christian Wittern
Chair, TEI MM2010 International Programme Committee

Announcing preliminary dissemination of “An Interview with Julia Flanders.”

On behalf of the TEI Education SIG, I am pleased to announce preliminary dissemination of “An Interview with Julia Flanders.”

To ensure that anyone who may wish to access the piece for teaching (or other) purposes can do so even before the work finds a more permanent home, the interviewee has graciously granted me permission to share it informally via blog post. The related links (including a brief, informal introduction; the questions; the transcript and podcast; and the TEI-XML version) can be found on the TEI Education SIG wiki page.

As indicated in the interview introduction, Julia’s comments are thought-provoking and profoundly significant, the kind that urgently warrant dissemination, but I hope nonetheless that they will come to represent only one part of a larger, ongoing conversation about TEI and DH.

Questions, comments, suggestions, etc. are warmly welcomed —

With best wishes,
Stephanie Schlitz

New release of TEI XSLT 2.0 Stylesheets

A new release of the XSLT 2.0 stylesheets for doing things with TEI files was released today, and is live on the TEI web site, Sourceforge and as Debian packages.

Many small changes, relating mosttly to conversion to/from Word OOXML, OpenOffice ODF, and ePub. The OpenOffice conversions are being rewritten for free-standing use, and will probably need more work to get them right.

Sebastian Rahtz  <sebastian.rahtz@OUCS.OX.AC.UK>

Early Bird TEI Conference and Workshop Registration

A reminder about the early bird registration for the TEI conference and workshops (closes September 7th). See the news announcement for links to the registration and conference sites (

As was the case last year, you can register for the conference and workshops using your credit card. Significant discounts are available for those who register before September 7th; Members and subscribers of the TEI also receive additional steep discounts on the price of

We will be posting the conference schedule soon. The workshop schedule is already available at As you will see, we have an extremely exciting range of workshops directed by leaders in the TEI and wider XML communities. There are workshops that are suitable for newcomers to the TEI and world of XML more generally as well as workshops on advanced topics in both the TEI and XML processing. Several workshops are likely to be of interest to members of the wider community. Workshops range from a single 1/2 day to 1.5 days in length. The price for members and subscribers is $60/half-day with an additional 20% discount for registrations before September 7th. You do not need to register for a workshop in order to attend the conference; and you may register for a workshop without attending the conference.

You can register for the conference and workshops and become an individual subscriber to the TEI through our on-line store: For information on becoming an institutional member of the TEI and gaining access to additional benefits like our new AccessTEI programme (, contact the membership secretary (


Daniel Paul O’Donnell
Professor of English
University of Lethbridge

Chair and CEO, Text Encoding Initiative (
Co-Chair, Digital Initiatives Advisory Board, Medieval Academy of America
President-elect (English), Society for Digital Humanities/Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs (
Founding Director (2003-2009), Digital Medievalist Project (

Russian Textual Heritage conference, journals

1. Participation is invited in the conference “Information Technologies and Textual Heritage: El’Manuscript-10”,  which will be held October 25-28, 2010 at the Bashkir State Pedagogical University (Ufa). Conference information is available at,english/

Note: the following announcements all link to Russian-language sites.

2.The  e-journal Information Technologies and Textual Heritage ( is acceptng articles and materials for their first issues. I invite you and your colleagues to become authors of the magazine.

3. The journal Intelligent Systems in Industry, included in the 2010 list of journals of the Higher Attestation Commission and the database of the Russian citation index (, is accepting articles for publication on the subject of “Computational linguistics”. For submission information you can contact me.

Viktor Baranov, Izhevsk State Technical University

Bursary Announcement: Interedition Workshop, Israel

Bursary Announcement
Interedition Workshop  at the National Library of Israel, 6-7 October

The ESF COST Action Interedition is delighted to offer several bursaries for a workshop to be held at the National Library of Israel, 6-7 October 2010.

The goal of Interedition is to promote the interoperability of the tools and methodology used in the field of digital scholarly editing and research. Equally, Interedition seeks to raise the awareness of the importance of sustainability of the digital artefacts and instruments we create. To this end, Intereditions is hosting this workshop at the National Library of Israel to explore the tools, methodologies, and approaches to better support a shared model for the creation of sustainable infrastructure for digital text.

Applications are being accepted for bursaries for early stage researchers to attend this two-day event which will include lectures by leading textual scholars (including Dirk Van Hulle, Fotis Jannidis, Susan Schreibman, and Joris van Zundert) The first day will focus on lectures on topics ranging from the creation and futures of digital scholarly editions, to the tools being used to create and edit them. The second day will be hands-on centering on practical experience in using tools and methodologies central to the discipline, including TEI, eLaborate, and CollateX. On day II attendees will participate in a project slam and there will be ample opportunity to discuss their editing projects with workshop facilitators.

To apply for busaries, candidates must be:

  • an emerging scholar, which is defined by the ESF as someone who has not been in an established position for more than five years, with exceptions for parental, medical, and national service leaves. The ESF notes that ‘students, post-doctorate researchers and lecturers within 5 years of appointment would be amongst those included in this definition’.
  • you are affiliated to a an institution in a country in which ESF has a 
member organisation (see;)

Bursaries will be awarded in two categories: up to €300 for Israeli delegates and up to €1200 for European delegates to cover housing and travel costs. Expenses will be reimbursed after the event in line with COST procedures.

If you fit the above criteria and would like to apply for consideration, please send no more than two pages that include the following: a) a brief 
CV showing your career history and current academic affiliation; and b) how 
this workshop will intersect with your research. Please send your application to susan.schreibman[AT] no later than 24 August.

Susan Schreibman, PhD
Digital Humanities Observatory
Pembroke House
28-32 Upper Pembroke Street
Dublin 2, Ireland

Looking for TEI News editors

With the launch of its news service and Twitter feed, the TEI is looking for several volunteers to act as news editors.

As news editor, you would

  • Assist in posting TEI Consortium announcements to the news server
  • Act as a contact person and moderator for outside organisations that wish to post to our “Other News” section, ensuring that such announcements are relevant and useful to our community
  • Monitor the TEI’s mailing list ( for announcements, calls for papers, and the like that might make suitable postings to the server.

We are looking for two or three volunteers for this position, ideally in different time zones in order to ensure timely response to new postings.

We expect the positions to involve no more than an hour or two a week of work, which could easily be combined with one’s daily email routine.

The positions might be especially suitable for graduate students, post-docs, or relative newcomers to the field who would like an opportunity to get to know better the breadth of activity in the TEI community. It is also an opportunity for more experienced members of the community to help out the TEI in a way that involves less of a time commitment than serving on the Council or Board.

If you are interested in these positions, or would like to nominate somebody else, please contact the webmaster at