TEI Simple

Northwestern University is pleased to announce a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the development of Tei Simple, which seeks to lower the entry barriers to working with TEI documents by combining a new highly constrained  and prescriptive subset of the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines with a  a “cradle to grave” processing model that associates the TEI Simple schema with explicit and standardized options for displaying and querying texts. A major driver for this project has been the imminent release into the public domain of some 25,000 TEI-encoded texts from Early English Books Online (EEBO), but  the project aims more broadly at creating a friendlier and more interoperable environment for working with digital surrogates of books in European languages from the Early modern period into the 20th century.

The grant of $51,500 matches contributions of $68,000 in time or money from the Centre for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Oxford, the TEI Consortium, and Northwestern University.

The principal investigators of the project are Sebastian Rahtz (Oxford), Brian Pytlik Zillig (Nebraska-Lincoln), and Martin Mueller (Northwestern).  The Advisory Committee for TEI Simple includes representatives from the German Text Archive, Text Grid, and the Bodleian Libraries.

The project  is scheduled for completion by August 2015. Once all its elements are in place, TEI Simple will be fully integrated into the TEI infrastructure,  and the TEI Council will be responsible for its maintenance and further development.