TEI Meeting 2012: Registration Open

What: TEI Members Meeting — TEI and the Cloud/Crowd
When: 7-10 November 2012
Where: Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas, USA.

The Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC) is very happy to announce that registration for the 2012 Annual TEI Conference and Member’s Meeting, TEI and the Crowd/Cloud, is now open.

The speakers and presentations will run from Thursday, November 8th to Saturday, November 10th with workshops starting Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the TEI Board Meeting as well as an excursion on November 11th. A more detailed schedule can be found at the conference website, and a program is coming soon.

Registration is possible via the TEI Store.

We look forward to seeing you all at Texas A&M University in November! Please directed any questions to the local organizing committee at idhmc.nexus@gmail.com.

Laura Mandell

Laura Mandell
Professor of English
Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture
Texas A&M University
237 Blocker, MS 4227
College Station, TX 77843-4227
(979) 845-8345
FAX: (979) 826-2292

TEI 2013 Meeting: Request for Proposals

Call for Bids: TEI Members Meeting and Conference, 2013
Deadline: September 15, 2012

The annual TEI Members’ Meeting and Conference takes place every year in late October or early November. We are now seeking bids to host this event in 2013.

The meeting this year (2012) will take place on November 6-8 at Texas A&M University (US): http://idhmc.tamu.edu/teiconference. Previous meetings have included the following:

  • University of Würzburg, 10-16 October, 2011 Hosted by the University of Würzburg.
  • College Park, Maryland, USA, October 31-November 3, 2008. Hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Victoria, Canada, October 27-28, 2006. Hosted by the University of Victoria.
  • Sophia, Bulgaria, October 28-29, 2005. Hosted by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • Baltimore, USA, October 22-23, 2004. Hosted by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Nancy, France, November 7-8 2003. Hosted by ATILF.
  • Chicago, USA, October 11-12 2002. Hosted by the Newberry Library and Northwestern University.
  • Pisa, Italy, November 16-17 2001. Hosted by the University of Pisa.

The site of the meeting has typically alternated between Europe and North America, but this is not a fixed rule and exceptions have occurred. We also welcome proposals from other parts of the world, and in particular from areas where new TEI communities are arising.  Preference is given to bids from institutions that are easily accessible to the bulk of our membership.

The meeting format has expanded in recent years to include a conference-style component. Typically this means a three day event with possibilities for pre-and/or post-conference workshops. The host also arranges space for a meeting of the Consortium Board after the conference and members’ meeting.

At this year’s meeting, we will be running eight sessions of refereed papers, two keynote presentations, and a number of posters. The meeting will also host the Consortium’s business meeting and full day workshops for Special Interest Groups. The Consortium Board meets on the Sunday following the meeting. In previous years we have also had pre-conference workshops. Attendance for the last two years has been between 100 and 150. Bids should plan on a similar general format and size, though hosts are free to innovate in consultation with the Consortium.

The TEI Consortium provides some funding to cover the costs of its meeting. Additional costs are usually covered by the host and efforts to locate external sponsorships. Such additional costs commonly include room rental, refreshments, one or more receptions, conference bag or mug, and costs associated with Plenary Speakers. The total budget of the meeting varies from year to year depending on local conditions.

Bids should be sent to Elena Pierazzo (elena.pierazzo@kcl.ac.uk) by September 15, 2012, and should include the following information:

  • The name of the institution(s) making the bid
  • The name, address, email, and telephone number of the contact person
  • A brief description of the facilities available for the event (rooms, equipment, technical support, food)
  • An indication of what financial support, if any, the hosting institution is prepared to give (for instance, sponsoring one or more receptions or pre-meeting workshops; payment of travel expenses for one or more plenary speakers; etc.)
  • Any other details that may be useful in assessing the bid (e.g.  the presence of a conference on a related topic at the institution around the time of the meeting; the launch of a new TEI-related initiative at the institution, etc.).

Institutions considering a bid are encouraged to contact the Consortium
to discuss their ideas. The consortium chair is Elena Pierazzo;
other members of this year’s meeting program committee are
Welzenbach, Martin Mueller, James Cummings, Arianna Ciula,
Marjorie Burghart, and Laura Mandell.

All bids will be reviewed by the TEI board, which makes the final

Thank you very much!

Laura Mandell
Professor of English
Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture
Texas A&M University
237 Blocker, MS 4227
College Station, TX 77843-4227
(979) 845-8345
FAX: (979) 826-2292

Seminar, Taking TEI Further: Transforming and Publishing TEI Data

The September 1 application deadline is coming soon for:

Taking TEI Further: Transforming and Publishing TEI Data
Brown University, December 10-12, 2012
Application deadline: September 1, 2012

Travel funding is available of up to $500 per participant, up to $1000 for graduate student participants.

XSLT is a crucial tool for those working with the TEI, both as a key part of any XML publication system and also as a technology for manipulating and managing XML data. As a programming language that can be used to transform XML data into other formats, it is immensely powerful and also comparatively approachable for those already familiar with XML. For individual scholars and librarians (who may not have access to technical support or programmer time), XSLT can be a remarkably enabling skill, making it possible for them to create usable output in a variety of formats, including HTML, formats used by visualization software, and even PDF. The challenge for digital humanists is not in finding XSLT resources; because it is such an important technology, there are numerous tutorials online and workshops available. However, these materials and events are almost universally aimed at an industry audience, rather than at humanities scholars. What we seek to do in these seminars is provide an introduction to XSLT that is aimed at a scholarly audience, using examples from real humanities data and approaching the topic from the perspective of those who may be familiar with the TEI and XML, but not with other programming languages. This seminar will provide participants with an understanding of the essential concepts of XSLT, focusing on examples and use cases from TEI data in the humanities. We will also help participants learn how to use simple templates to create more complex XSLT stylesheets, and how to reuse and reverse engineer stylesheets from other projects.

These seminars are part of a series funded by the NEH and conducted by the Brown University Women Writers Project. They are aimed at people who are already involved in a text encoding project or are in the process of planning one, and are intended to provide a more in-depth look at specific challenges in using TEI data effectively. 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 may present their projects to the group, discuss specific challenges and solutions, and get advice on thorny problems. 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.

To apply, please visit

Best wishes, Julia

Julia Flanders
Director, Women Writers Project
Brown University

Call for Nominations: TEI Board and Council elections

Call for Nominations

Dear members of the TEI community,

The Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C) invites nominations for election to the TEI-C Board and Technical Council. There will be four terms expiring on the Board and four on the Council. Nominations should be sent to the nomination committee at nominations@tei-c.org by September 27, 2012. Members of the nomination committee this year are David Sewell (chair), James Cummings, and John Walsh. The elections will take place via electronic voting prior to the annual Members’ Meeting in November 2012.

All nominations should include an email address for the nominee and should indicate whether the nomination is for Board or Council.

Self-nominations are welcome and common; TEI-C membership is not a requirement to serve on the Board or Council. All nominees should provide a brief statement of interest and biographical paragraph, and notice that, if elected, they will be willing to serve. Example candidates’ biographies from a previous election can be found at http://www.tei-c.org/Membership/Meetings/2011/mm54.xml. You may wish to indicate whether you can expect institutional support for your service if elected (e.g., time allowance for service, help with expenses).

  • The TEI-C Board is the governing body for the TEI Consortium, and is responsible for its strategic and financial oversight. Board members are expected to attend the annual meeting (travel subsidy from the TEI-C is available), and to participate in occasional conference calls and ongoing tasks during their term of service.
  • The TEI-C Technical Council oversees the technical development of the TEI Guidelines. Candidates for Council should be reasonably experienced users of the Guidelines, and expertise/interest in specific areas is helpful. Council members also evaluate bug reports and feature requests, and have primary responsibility for editing and updating the Guidelines and its release packages. Prospective candidates should be available for subsidized travel to one or two face-to-face meetings annually, and should be able to commit to ongoing work during the course of the year.

For more information on the Board, including a list of current members, please see: http://www.tei-c.org/About/board.xml.

For more information on the Council, including a list of current members, please see: http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/Council/index.xml.

While Board and Council members are encouraged to seek institutional support for travel to TEI Board and Council meetings, the TEI Consortium has in the past subsidized such travel for elected Board and Council members and will continue to do so as the budget allows.

Service in either group is an opportunity to help the TEI grow and serve its members better. If you have ideas about how to make the TEI stronger or can help it do a better job, please nominate yourself! Or, if you know someone who you think could contribute to TEI, nominate him or her.

Thank you,

David Sewell (for the TEI nominating committee)

Call for Papers: Journal of the TEI 5

TEI Infrastructures
CFP: Issue 5 of the Journal of the TEI
Submissions due 30 September 2012

The TEI has proven to be one of the great success stories in the Digital Humanities. It has emerged as the de facto standard for online critical scholarly editions as well as a format that promotes interoperability and exchange. This success has also prompted a new direction in TEI research: the development of infrastructure to support TEI scholarship, comprising workflows, support for collaborative encoding, distributed annotation.

The editors of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, the official journal of the TEI Consortium, are delighted to announce a call for papers for a special issue that focuses on TEI Infrastructures. For this issue, the guest editors (Tobias Blanke and Laurent Romary) welcome articles including:

  • Infrastructures dedicated to the support of TEI-based research
  • Requirements from annotation practices in Digital Humanities using TEI
  • TEI as an Infrastructure across domains
    • Especially the role of the TEI in infrastructural initiatives in the humanities
    • Especially the use of TEI in Infrastructures to support collaborative editing and crowd-sourced editions
  • Dynamic presentation interfaces for TEI-encoded text
  • The TEI as an architectural component within national or international infrastructures (such as DARIAH, Europeana, Project Bamboo, TextGrid, etc.)
  • The TEI as an architectural component in commercial and scholarly digital publishing infrastructures
  • The TEI as a component within digital curation infrastructures
  • Material, political, social, legal, and technical differences between building TEI-enabled tools and building TEI-aware infrastructure

Submissions are accepted in two categories: research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words and shorter articles reflecting new research or new tools or services of 2000-4000 words. Both may include images and multimedia content. Author guidelines are available at http://journal.tei-c.org/journal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

The Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, a peer-reviewed open-access publication hosted by Revues.org, is the official journal of the TEI Consortium. Closing date for submissions to this issue is 30 September 2012 with publication expected Spring 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact journal-guest-editors-5@tei-c.org.

Susan Schreibman, PhD
Long Room Hub Associate Professor 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

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