Call for Papers: ‘Digital Resources for Palaeography’ Symposium

‘Digital Resources for Palaeography’ One-Day Symposium
5th September 2011, King’s College London

The ‘Digital Resource and Database of Palaeography, Manuscripts and Diplomatic’ (DigiPal) at the Centre for Computing in Humanities at King’s College London is pleased to announce a one-day symposium on digital resources for palaeography.

In recent years, scholars have begun to develop and employ new technologies and computer-based methods for palaeographic research. The aim of the symposium is to present developments in the field, explore the limits of digital and computational-based approaches, and share methodologies across projects which overlap or complement each other.

Papers of 20 minutes in length are invited on any relevant aspect of digital methods and resources for palaeography and manuscript studies. Possible topics could include:

•       Project reports and/or demonstrations
•       Palaeographical method; ‘Digital’ and ‘Analogue’ palaeography
•       Quantitative and qualitative approaches
•       ‘Scientific’ methods, ‘objectivity’ and the role of evidence in manuscript studies
•       Visualisation of manuscript evidence and data
•       Interface design and querying of palaeographical material

To propose a paper, please send a brief abstract (250 words max) to The deadline for receipt of submissions is 8th May 2011. Notice of acceptance will be sent by 20th May 2011.

Dr Stewart J Brookes
Research Associate
Digital Resource for Palaeography
King’s College London

TEI course at Rare Book School, July 4-8, 2011

Rare Book School is currently accepting applications for XML in Action: Creating Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Texts, taught by David Seaman. The course is a practical exploration of the creation, preservation, and use of electronic texts and their associated images in the humanities, with a special focus on Special Collections materials. This course is aimed primarily (although not exclusively) at librarians, publishers, and scholars keen to develop, use, publish, and control electronic texts for library, research, scholarly communication, or teaching purposes.

The week will center around the creation of a set of archival-quality etexts and digital images (texts such as 18th and 19th century letters, which are short enough to allow each participant to take an entire document through all its creation stages during the course). Topics include: XML tagging and conversion; using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines; Unicode; metadata issues (including a discussion of METS and Open Archives Initiative harvesting), project planning and funding; and the manipulation of XML texts using stylesheets for re-publishing HTML, in ebook formats, and in PDF.

Applicants need to have some experience with the tagging of HTML documents. In their personal statement, they should assess the extent of their present knowledge of the electronic environment, and outline a project to which they hope to apply the skills learned in this course.

The course takes place 4-8 July in Charlottesville, VA. Applications are available online at

[This course is a revised version of “Introduction to Electronic Texts and Images”, which ran from 1995-2009.]

TEI council face to face meeting 11-13 April 2011

Dear all,

The TEI council will meet face to face in Chicago on 11-13 April next month. Why would you care? Because we will try to work out the various bugs and features documented and discussed in the TEI source forge server:

It’s a good opportunity for you all to have a look at the ones for which you may have specific interests and provide feedback if necessary. You may also file in bugs or features that you have identified since ages and never took the time to document…The work of the council only makes sense if it reflects the expectations and competences of the community!



  • Bugs:
  • Feature requests:
  • Laurent Romary

    Call for Papers: 2011 TEI Members’ Meeting

    Dear TEIers,
    As you know already, the TEI conference will take place this year in
    Würzburg (Germany) from 13 to 15 October (preceded by workshops and
    tutorials). It is a major event for our community as it is the
    possibility for all of you to exchange your ideas and experience in
    using the TEI guidelines, as well as providing feedback and proposals
    on making the TEI technical environment evolve to serve digital
    scholarship even better.  Indeed, the TEI has become an essential
    aspect for any text-based research in the humanities and our user
    community grows everyday quicker. The conference should be able to
    reflect this variety by bringing together both experienced eHumanists
    and more traditional scholars looking for  digital answers to their
    research questions.
    You will find below the call for paper, which will soon be followed by
    a call for workshops and tutorials. Pleas do not hesitate to spread
    the word further on your favorite social networks.
    I am looking forward to see you all in Würzburg,
    Laurent Romary
    Call for papers and proposals
    Philology in the Digital Age
    2011 Annual Conference and Members’ Meeting of the TEI Consortium
    University of Würzburg, Germany
    * Deadline for submissions: May 1st, 2011
    * Meeting dates: Wed 12 October to Sat 15 October, 2011
    * Workshop dates: Mon 10 October to Wed 12 October, 2011 (see separate
    The Program Committee of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Text Encoding
    Initiative (TEI - Consortium invites individual paper
    proposals, panel
    sessions, poster sessions, and tool demonstrations particularly, but
    not exclusively, on digital texts, scholarly editing or any topic
    that applies TEI to its research.
    Submission Topics
    Topics might include but are not restricted to:
    	• TEI and scholarly editing
    	• TEI and textual criticism
    	• TEI and the evolution of digital philology
    	• TEI and text corpora
    	• The relation between representation (encoded text) and presentation
    (visualisation, user-interface)
    	• TEI encoded data in the context of quantitative text analysis
    	• Integrating the TEI with other technologies and standards
    	• TEI as metadata standard
    	• TEI as interchange format: sharing, mapping, and migrating data (in
    particular in relation to other formats or software environments)
    In addition, we are seeking proposals for 5 minute micropaper
    presentations focused on experiences with the TEI guidelines gained
    from running projects and discussing one specific feature.
    Submission Types
    Individual paper presentations will be allocated 30 minutes: 20
    minutes for delivery, and 10 minutes for questions & answers.
    Submission should be made in the form of an abstract of 750-1500
    words (plus bibliography).
    Panel sessions will be allocated 1.5 hours and may be of varied
    formats, including:
        * three paper panels: 3 papers on the same or related topics
        * round table discussion: 5-8 presenters on a single theme. Ample
          time should be left for questions & answers after brief
    Posters (including tool demonstrations) will be presented during the
    poster session. The local organizer will provide flip charts and
    tables for poster session/tool demonstration presenters, along with
    wireless internet access. Each poster presenter is expected to
    participate in a slam immediately preceding the poster session.
    Micropapers will be allocated 5 minutes.
    Submission Procedure
    All proposals should be submitted at by
    May 1st, 2011 (please check on the conference website for the
    availability of conftool).
    You will need to create an account (i.e., username and password) in
    order to file a submission. For each submission, you may upload files
    to the system after you have completed filling out demographic data
    and the abstract.
        * Individual paper or poster proposals (including tool
    demonstrations): Supporting materials (including graphics, multimedia,
    etc., or even a copy of the complete paper) may be uploaded after the
    initial abstract is submitted.
        * Micropaper: The procedure is the same as for an individual
    paper, however the abstract should be no more than 500 words. Please
    be sure the abstract mentions the feature to be presented!
        * Panel sessions (three paper panels): The panel organizer submits
    a proposal for the entire session, containing a 500-word introduction
    explaining the overarching theme and rationale for the inclusion of
    the papers, together with a 750-1500 words section for each panel
       * Panel sessions (round table discussion): The panel organizer
    submits a proposal of 750-1500 words describing the rationale for the
    discussion and includes the list of panelists. Panelists need to be
    contacted by the panel organizer and have expressed their willingness
    in participation before submission.
    All proposals will be reviewed by the program committee and selected
    external reviewers.
    Those interested in holding working paper sessions outside the meeting
    session tracks should contact the meeting organizers at
      to schedule a room.
    Please send queries to
    Conference submissions will be considered for conference
    proceedings, edited as a special issue of the  Journal of the Text
    Encoding Initiative. Further details on the submission process will be
    For the international programm comittee,
    Laurent Romary (programm committee chair)

    Day of Digital Humanities 2011

    Digital humanists are invited to participate in the third annual Day of Digital Humanities, a project tracking 24 hours in the field of digital humanities. On March 18th, 2011 individuals in the field or related professions will document the events of their day with photos and discussion.

    This project is an online collaborative publication, with each participant co-authoring and decisions made communally. However, participating in the Day of DH shouldn’t require a large time commitment. Most of the work will be in uploading short entries and photographs during the documentation day. The degree of involvement beyond that will be up to you. To find out about this interaction and the previous two iterations of the Day of Digital Humanities see:

    This project is intended to bring members of all types and from around the field together to post about what they do and reflect on what others are doing. We particularly encourage graduate students, developers and international colleagues to participate. You don’t have to be “important”; you don’t have to write in English; and you don’t have to have a lot of experience in the field. Your opinions count!

    To participate please fill out the application form by March 15th, 2011.

    Apply now at

    And mark the 18th of March down for the next Day of Digital Humanities.


    Geoffrey Rockwell