XML Holland TEI Code Challenge

XML Code Challenge

Are you able to code TEI files into an EPUB file using only XML standards like XProc and XSLT 2.0?

What is the challenge?

Develop an XProc pipeline in which a TEI encoded Multatuli book is converted to a valid EPUB file that can be sent to a book publisher/distributor like Centraal Boekhuis.

The intention is to prepare the book Millioenen-studiën by Multatuli for electronic publication by Centraal Boekhuis. The Digital Library of Dutch Literature (DBNL) has made a source file available that must be converted into an ePUB file that meets the requirements of Centraal Boekhuis. The book contains running text, but also pictures, footnotes, and some tables.

What can I win?

There are two prizes:

The first prize consists of:

  • A visit to a leading International XML Conference
  • A beautiful certificate
  • The title of “Open Standards Developer 2011”

The winner will also present his or her application during the XMLHolland Annual Conference (XMLAmsterdam 2011).

The second prize winner will receive a free pass to the XML Holland conference.

What do the judges expect?

We expect you to use (at least) XProc and XSLT 2.0. These standards claim to offer extensive opportunities to develop applications for processing XML files. With this competition, we challenge you to show whether these standards are actually suitable for developing a complete XML application. Or is a real programming language still required?

Using a programming language besides XSLT 2.0 is allowed, but the less programming done in other languages, the more the solution will be appreciated. The goal is a solution based entirely on open standards.

We will judge the entries on the application of the standards, the code and performance. Obviously the output files should be valid EPUB files. They must in any case easily open in Adobe Digital Editions. We will validate the files with EpubCheck 1.2, the same validation that is required by Centraal Boekhuis. Furthermore, the panel will also evaluate the quality of the e-books. Do they look good, do internal links work, is the front cover shown, how are foot- and endnotes dealt with, are the pictures in the right place, is the table of contents correct and is the metadata present?

What should I deliver?

Turn in your solution with the output, the source code and instructions that will enable the judges to create the EPUB themselves using your program.

When should I deliver?

Send in submissions by Oct. 19, 2011 to voorzitter@xmlholland.nl

Who are the judges? The panel consists of experts with a proven track record in the open standards community. For
XMLHolland Code Challenge 2011, the following people will be judges:

  • Patrick Steenvoorden, manager Digitale Diensten at Centraal Boekhuis
  • Irsan Widarto, co-founder and CTO of X-Hive, now Director of XML Engineering at EMC
  • René van Stipriaan, co-founder of Digitale database voor de Nederlandse Letteren (www.dbnl.org)
  • Bas Peters, solutions architect at VLC and experienced developer and architect in the world of XML, Open Standards and Open Source
  • Sebastian Rahtz, Information Manager of Oxford University Computing Services and XML expert, especially TEI

Request for Proposals: TEI Conference and Members Meeting, 2012

The TEI Conference and Members’ Meeting takes place every year, usually in late October or early November. As far as possible, the venue alternates between Europe and North America. Previous hosts have included the University of Würzburg Centre for Digital Editing (2011), the University of Zadar (2010), the University of Michigan Libraries (2009), King’s College London (2008), and the University of Victoria (2006). The format of the event is not fixed, but generally keeps the following pattern:

  • 2 or 3 days of pre-conference workshops
  • 3 days of conference sessions, keynote lectures, poster sessions, and meetings of TEI Special Interest Groups

The Annual General Meeting for members of the TEI Consortium is also held during the event. Accounts are presented and election results declared at this AGM, which is open to the public.

The three days of the main conference normally take place between the Thursday and Saturday of the week of the conference. The pre-conference workshops may vary in length from a single morning or afternoon to a full two days.
Attendance at the conference has varied between about 70 and 200, to some extent depending on location, but 100 is the usual average attendance. The TEI Consortium will subsidize a share of the direct costs incurred in running the event, up to a maximum of US$5200. Bids should include a budget indicating the level of additional funding anticipated and its likely source (local institutions, commercial sponsorship etc.) The TEI normally charges and retains a small attendance fee, in the region of $100 to covers its own overheads to ensure that it is able to underwrite the cost of future conferences.

Bids for the 2012 conference must be received no later than 1 September 2011. Institutions considering making a proposal are requested to contact the chair of the TEI Board (martinmueller@northwestern.edu) as soon as possible to discuss their proposal. Completed bids should include the following information:

  • The name of the institution(s) making the bid and a list of proposed members of the local organising team
  • The name, address, email, and telephone number of a contact person
  • A brief description of the facilities available for the event (rooms, equipment, technical support, food)
  • A preliminary budget

In submitting bids, local organisers are strongly encouraged to be creative: the TEI meeting is an expression of the TEI community in all its diversity and should be seen as an opportunity to showcase local interests and strengths.

Bids will be reviewed by the TEI board deuring September, and a decision taken in time to announce the venue at the 2011 Meeting in Wurzburg.

Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative: Inaugural Edition

On behalf of the editors, I am delighted to announce the publication of the first issue of this new peer-reviewed publication:

Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative (jTEI)

This issue, guest edited by Syd Bauman, Kevin Hawkins, and Malte Rehbein, contains selected papers presented at the 2008 and 2009 conferences and members’ meetings:

  • John Unsworth – “Computational Work with Very Large Text Collections: Interoperability, Sustainability, and the TEI”
  • Tanya Clement – “Knowledge Representation and Digital Scholarly Editions in Theory and Practice”
  • Thomas Schmidt – “A TEI-based Approach to Standardising Spoken Language Transcription”
  • Lynne Siemens, Ray Siemens, Hefeng (Eddie) Wen, Cara Leitch, Dot Porter, Liam Sherriff, Karin Armstrong, and Melanie Chernyk – “‘The Apex of Hipster XML GeekDOM’: TEI-encoded Dylan and Understanding the Scope of an Evolving Community of Practice”

The journal is published by the TEI Consortium on Revues.org,  the web platform for journals and book collections of Cléo, the French Centre for Open Electronic Publishing.

jTEI’s home is at jtei.revues.org where you can find information about the journal as well as links to the journal’s administrative website, which is used for managing the submission, review, and editing process.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue. Please consider contributing to the journal by submitting articles for future issues. We also welcome ideas for special issues.

Susan Schreibman
Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative

Susan Schreibman, PhD
Long Room Hub Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities
School of English
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2, Ireland

email: susan.schreibman@tcd.ie
phone: +353 1 896 3694
fax: +353 1 671 7114

Digital Humanities Workshops at Brown University

Registration is now open for the Brown University Women Writers Project’s summer and fall workshops on topics in TEI and digital humanities:


These workshops are aimed at humanities faculty, 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 an opportunity to learn about other digital projects as well as to master important methods and concepts in an exploratory

More information, including detailed workshop descriptions and registration information, can be found at http://www.wwp.brown.edu/outreach/seminars/

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

All workshops are held at Brown University. Space is limited so please register early.

July 20-22, 2011
Introduction to XSLT for Digital Humanities
Syd Bauman and David Birnbaum
$450 ($300 for students and TEI members)

August 29-31, 2011
Introduction to TEI Customization
Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman
$450 ($300 for students and TEI members)

September 26-28, 2011
Introduction to Text Encoding and Contextual Information with TEI
Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman
$450 ($300 for students and TEI members)

December 5-7, 2011
Introduction to Manuscript Encoding with TEI
Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman
$450 ($300 for students and TEI members)

We hope to see you in Providence!

best wishes, Julia

Julia Flanders
Director, Women Writers Project
Center for Digital Initiatives, Brown University Library

Balisage Call for Late-breaking News

Proposals for Late-breaking News presentations at Balisage are due June 10th.


The peer-reviewed part of the Balisage 2011 program has been scheduled (http://www.balisage.net/2011/Program.html). A few slots have been reserved for presentation of “Late-breaking” material.  In order to be in serious contention for addition to the final program, your proposal should be either:

a) really late-breaking (it reports on something that happened in the last month or two) or
b) a well-developed paper, an extended paper proposal, or a very long abstract with references on a topic related to Markup and not already on the 2011 conference program.

The competition for late-breaking slots is fiercer than for regular peer-reviewed papers. Now is the time to start writing or to encourage someone you want to hear from at Balisage to get to work.

For more information see: http://www.balisage.net/latebreaking-call.html

or send email to: info@balisage.net