DHSI 2011 Registration and Scholarships

Tuition Scholarships and Registration for the 2011 Digital Humanities Summer Institute University of Victoria, June 6-10, 2011 http://www.dhsi.org

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2011 DHSI is now open. We are able to offer of a limited number of tuition scholarship spots for the 2011 Summer Institute.  The scholarships are open to everyone and are awarded on the basis of need and merit; scholarships cover all tuition costs, with the exception of a small administration fee.

The application form is available online at http://www.dhsi.org/home/scholarships. The application deadline for this year is February 14th, with news of scholarships returned no later than the end of February.  Please note that scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, to expedite travel planning and other arrangements, and there are a limited number of scholarship spots in each course.  Please apply early as courses will fill quickly.

Additional ACH Travel Bursary
The Association for Computers and the Humanities (http://www.ach.org) is again offering several bursaries to assist graduate students in defraying travel and lodging costs. You may apply for this bursary at the same time as for DHSI scholarships by indicating on the scholarship application form that you are a graduate student member of the ACH and would like to be considered for the ACH bursary.

About the DHSI
The Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria provides an ideal environment for discussing and learning about new computing technologies and how they are influencing the work of those in the Arts, Humanities and Library communities. The institute takes place across a week of intensive coursework, seminar participation, and lectures. It brings together faculty, staff, and graduate students from different areas of the Arts, Humanities, Library and Archives communities and beyond. During the DHSI, we share ideas and methods, and develop expertise in applying advanced technologies to our teaching, research, dissemination and preservation.

Courses for 2011
For more information about our courses and to register, please go to http://www.dhsi.org/courses.

Introductory Courses:
Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application: Julia Flanders (Brown U), Doug Knox (Newberry Library), and Melanie Chernyk (U Victoria)

Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application: Robin Davies (VIU) and Michael Nixon (VIU)

Tools and Methods (Courses in this section are aimed at students who have completed the relevant fundamentals course at the DHSI or otherwise have some experience with digital humanities tools and methods.)

Introduction to XSLT for Digital Humanists: Syd Bauman (Brown U) and Martin Holmes (U Victoria, HCMC)

Multimedia: Design for Visual, Auditory, and Interactive Electronic Environments: Aimée Morrison (U Waterloo)

SEASR in Action: Data Analytics for Humanities Scholars: Loretta Auvil (NCSA, UIUC) and Boris Capitanu (NCSA, UIUC)

Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities: Ian Gregory (Lancaster U)

Data Discovery, Management, and Presentation: James Smith (Texas A&M U)

Seminars and Consultations (Seminars and consultations are aimed at participants who are currently working on a project and would like to consult with an expert in their field.)

Issues in Large Project Planning and Management: Lynne Siemens (U Victoria)

Digital Editions: Meagan Timney (U Victoria, EMiC)

Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities: David Hoover (NYU)

Registration Fees
Early registration fees for the institute are $500 CDN for studentsand $950 CDN for non-students. After April 1, 2011, fees will be $600 CDN (student) and $1250 CDN (non-student). The tuition scholarship covers this fee minus a small administration fee ($125 for students / $225 for non-students).

Host and Sponsors
Now in its tenth year of operation, the institute takes place on the University of Victoria campus, and is generously hosted by the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Humanities, its Humanities Computing and Media Centre and its Electronic Textual Cultures Lab.
The DHSI is sponsored by the University of Victoria and its Library, University of British Columbia Library, College of Arts, University of Guelph, Texas A&M University, the Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC) project, NINES, INKE, the Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs, the for Computers and the Humanities, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, and others.

Institute Lecture
We are pleased to announce that this year’s institute lecture will be given by Matthew Kirschenbaum, Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

Graduate Colloquium
We will be holding our third annual Graduate Colloquium during the summer institute. Please see the call for papers at http://etcl.uvic.ca/2010/10/07/cfp-dhsi-2011-graduate-student-colloquium/.

THATCamp Victoria
Immediately following the DHSI will be THATCamp Victoria. Look for more news about this soon!

For more information, please visit http://www.dhsi.org. You can contact Ray Siemens (Director) and Cara Leitch (Assistant Director) at institut@uvic.ca.

Cara Leitch


Important Notice for TEI Membership Representatives

Hi all,

The TEI will be holding two important votes at its membership meeting on November 11, 2010 in Zadar, Croatia (for information on the full conference programme, including the members meeting, please see the conference website).

The first of these will be the annual election for vacancies on the TEI Board and Council (see http://www.tei-c.org/Membership/Meetings/2010/mm52.xml for candidate statements); the second will be on significant proposed changes to the TEI Bylaws (see http://www.tei-c.org/Board/2010BylawsProposal.xml for the proposed changes and http://www.tei-c.org/News/#tei-2010-10-08-major_changes_in_consortium_governance_proposals_for_changes_to_bylaws for a brief discussion of the scope and rationale).

Under the TEI Bylaws, the electorate for these ballots consists of the designated representatives of TEI’s institutional membership. Information on how to vote in these elections has now been sent directly to these representatives. An email from the TEI’s membership secretary, Veronika Lux (veronika.lux@atilf.fr), contains information on how to access the electronic ballot system for the Board and Council elections.  An email from the Board Chair, Daniel O’Donnell (daniel.odonnell@uleth.ca), contains information on how to vote by email or in person on the proposed changes to the TEI bylaws. Both emails were sent on October 22, 2010.

If you are the designated representative of a member institution and have not received one or both of these emails, please contain the Board Chair (daniel.odonnell@uleth.ca) or Secretary Sarah Wells (spw4s@virginia.edu), as soon as possible.

Let me encourage you to vote in both these important decisions.


Daniel Paul O’Donnell
Professor of English
University of Lethbridge

TEI 2010 Council & Board Elections

The electronic ballot for members for elections to the TEI Board and Council for 2011 is now open and information about voting procedures has been sent to TEI electors by Veronika Lux. If you are an elector for your organization and you have not received instructions, please contact Veronika at veronika.lux@atilf.fr.

There are two vacancies on the Board and four on Council. All vacancies are for a two-year term. Candidate statements can be found at http://www.tei-c.org/Membership/Meetings/2010/mm52.xml.

The ballot closes on November 10th. Results will be announced at the Members meeting in Zadar and by email via TEI-L and Members-L.

Thanks a lot for your participation!

Sincerely yours,
Sarah Wells
Secretary & Treasurer, TEI

Late Registration Fees for 2010 Conference Start October 26, 2010

In keeping with our past practice, we will begin charging a late registration fee of $25 for registrations received on or after October 26th, 2010. This fee is necessary so that we can cover last minute adjustments to catering and the like. Workshop registration will close on October 25, and no registration will be possible after this date.

If you are thinking of coming, please register by October 25th so we can count you in our catering plans. We have an exciting programme arranged with truly superb preconference workshops. Information on the schedule, travel, and lodging can be found here: http://ling.unizd.hr/~tei2010/index.en.html. You can register for the conference and workshops through our webstore: http://www.tei-shop.org/

Thanks… and see you in Zadar!


Reminder: DH 2011 November 1st deadline and ConfTool tips

Reminder: There are only 14 days remaining until the Nov 1st deadline for submitting abstracts for the Digital Humanities 2011 conference to be held at Stanford University in California. The Nov 1st deadline, which is firm this year, is for posters, short papers, long papers, and panels. In addition, proposals for pre-conference workshops and tutorials are also due. At http://dh2011.stanford.edu, you will find a link to ConfTool, the conference management software used for managing your user accounts, submitting papers, and registering for the conference. If you have registered for past conferences or given papers, you will have an account on the system already. If you have forgotten your user name, contact us at dh2011@digitalhumanities.org and we’ll help find it for you. If you have forgotten your password, you can request a new one through ConfTool.

Best wishes,

Katherine Walter, Chair on behalf of the 2011 Program Committee

TEI stylesheets 5.42 release

I have just made a new release of my TEI XSLT (version 2.0) stylesheets in the usual places, as part of the build up to the TEI members meeting next month.

It contains another round of corrections to the creation of epub from TEI XML, mostly. This has the side effect of making the normal HTML generation better, as a lot of the work I am doing is making the epub valid.

I am not looking for work [1], but now is the time to report any issues you know about, as I do not expect to do much more on this before the end of the year (fingers crossed).

I remind you of the experimental document conversion service at http://oxgarage.oucs.ox.ac.uk:8080/ege-webclient/ which uses these stylesheets, for your delectation.
[1] or maybe I am , depending on the results of the uk govt cuts on Wednesday…

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

Major Changes in Consortium Governance (Proposals for changes to Bylaws)

The Board of Directors of the TEI is proposing a major restructuring of the governance of the Consortium for approval by the membership at its annual meeting on November 11, 2010 in Zadar, Croatia. The proposed changes to the bylaws can be reviewed at the following URL: http://www.tei-c.org/Board/2010BylawsProposal.xml.

Apart from some minor housekeeping, the focus of the proposed changes involve the composition of the Board of Directors and the relationship of Host Institutions to the Board. Among the major changes:

  • An expansion of the elected membership of the Board (i.e. members elected to the Board by the Consortium membership) to 8 from the current 4.
  • Restriction of voting membership on the Board to elected directors only.
  • Provisions that allow for non-voting representation in Board discussions by all host institutions (currently only four hosts may participate in Board discussions through appointed representatives)

By increasing the number of elected members of the Board and restricting voting privileges solely to this class of Director, the Consortium hopes to allow greater opportunity for community involvement in determining the direction of the organisation and improve its responsiveness to community initiatives and interests. By increasing the opportunities for participation by Host Institutions in Board discussions and removing some structural barriers to participation, the Consortium hopes to expand its base of these very important partners in the Consortium’s activities.

These changes continue the movement of the Consortium from its origins as a research project to a wider community-based and -centred organisation. Additional recent changes the Consortium has made in support of this movement include the introduction of a conference component to its annual meeting and the development of its recent micro-grant programme for Special Interest Group Initiatives.

The proposed changes are subject to approval by the membership at the annual meeting. Ballots, Proxies, and/or elect will be send to the membership in advance

TEI MM 2010 Conference program published

Dear TEI users,

The program committee for TEI MM 2010 in Zadar, Croatia proudly presents the program for this years conference to you. Currently available at http://www.tei-c.org/conftool/sessions.php, you will soon also be able to peruse it from the conference web page.

There might be still some minor adjustments necessary, but we think it will basically stand as it is now.

I would also like to inform you that the program committee together with the local organizers decided to impose a 20% surcharge on all registrations received after Oct. 25, due to the organizational overhead this will cause. So, to ensure a smooth preparation and to avoid unnecessary surcharges, please go to the TEI webshop  at your earliest convenience to register for the conference, if you have not done so yet. There are also a few seats left in the pre-conference workshops, which can be booked from the same page.

Looking forward to see all of you soon,

for the program committee,

Christian Wittern (Chair)

New discussion list for JATS/NLM tag set

JATS-List is the open forum for the discussion of the JATS – the Journal Article Tag Suite.

The JATS is also known as:

  • – NLM’s Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite,
  • – the NLM DTDs, the NLM journal article models, and
  • – NISO’s Standardized Markup for Journal Articles

JATS provides a common XML format for preserving the intellectual content of journal articles, independent of the form in which that content was originally delivered. JATS-List hosts discussion on the Journal Article Tag Suite itself; JATS applications, implementations, and customizations; and JATS user questions. JATS-List is open to everyone: users and developers, experts and novices alike.

Read about JATS-List at:

Subscribe at:

Best regards,

Wendell Piez

Call for participation: TEI seminar on contextual encoding

We’re now accepting applications for two advanced TEI seminars on representing contextual information:

  • January 17-19, 2011, University of Maryland, hosted by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities MITH).
    Application deadline is November 1, 2010; participants will be  notified by November 15.
  • April 28-30, 2011, Brown University, hosted by the Center for Digital Scholarship.
    Application deadline is February 1, 2011; participants will be  notified by February 15.

**Travel funding is available of up to $500 per participant.**

These seminars assume a basic familiarity with TEI, and provide an opportunity to explore encoding topics in more detail, in a collaborative workshop setting. We will focus on TEI methods for formalizing and representing information about context: named entities such as people and places, thematic analysis and keywords, text classification, glossaries and annotations.

These seminars are part of a series funded by the NEH and conducted by the Brown University Women Writers Project. They are intended to provide a more in-depth look at specific encoding problems and topics for people who are already involved in a text encoding project or are in the process of planning one. Each event will include a mix of presentations, discussion, case studies using participants’ projects, hands-on practice, and individual consultation. The seminars will be strongly project-based: participants will present their projects to the group, discuss specific challenges and encoding strategies, develop encoding specifications and documentation, and create encoded sample documents and templates. We encourage project teams and collaborative groups to apply, although individuals are also welcome. A basic knowledge of the TEI Guidelines and some prior experience with text encoding will be assumed.

For more information and to apply, please visit

Best wishes, Julia

Julia Flanders
Director, Women Writers Project
Brown University

Digital editing workshop

Thursday 18 November 2010, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

The workshop, organised with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Early English Laws project, will discuss the digital editing of a range of texts, from the early middle ages to the 19th century. It will examine some of the approaches and tools that are available to editors of digital texts and the possibilities for collaborative editing online. It will suggest practical solutions to some of the challenges faced by editors in the digital age, and explore how ‘editions’ might evolve in the age of crowd-sourcing and deep linking of data.

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Panel session
Eleonora Litta Modignani and Paul Spence (Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College London)
Digital editing of the Early English Laws

Stuart Dunn (Centre for e-Research, King’s College London)
Connecting Historical Authorities with Links, Contexts and Entities (CHALICE)

Bruce Tate (British History Online, Institute of Historical Research)
ReScript – a platform for the collaborative online editing of historical texts

3.30 Tea and coffee

3.50 Discussion

4.30 Close

If you would like to attend the workshop, email Jenny Benham (Jenny.Benham@sas.ac.uk). Places are limited, so you are advised to book early.
Kind regards,
Dr Jenny Benham

Project Officer, Early English Laws