Call for Nominations: Rahtz Prize for TEI Ingenuity

The TEI Consortium (TEI-C) has created the Rahtz Prize for TEI Ingenuity in memory of Sebastian Rahtz, who contributed significantly to the TEI infrastructure. The award is intended to honour Sebastian’s noteworthy technical and philosophical contributions to the TEI, and to encourage innovation in the TEI community. The Rahtz Prize for TEI Ingenuity is awarded to an individual or team judged to have made a significant contribution to the TEI-C’s mission in particular by means of technical innovation. Many members of the TEI community are engaged in exploring new ways of implementing and expanding the coverage of the TEI encoding system. It is hoped that the Rahtz Prize will not only recognize excellent work already completed, but through its celebration and dissemination of nominated works also encourage new projects and fresh approaches. The recipient(s) of the 2017 award will receive $1,000 USD or equivalent.

The TEI community is encouraged to nominate prospective candidates for the Rahtz Prize. Self-nominations will also be accepted. You do not have to be a member of the TEI-C to make a nomination. The TEI community can also contact members of the Awards Panel to facilitate nominations: Gabriel Bodard (gabriel.bodard@kcl.ac.uk), Hugh Cayless (philomousos@gmail.com), or Michelle Dalmau (mdalmau@indiana.edu).

Nominations should be submitted through a form, which requires contact information for the nominee, or nominees in the case of a team, a project title, and a brief statement for the nomination: https://goo.gl/forms/o7juxgAJIEAZSeVv2. Nominators will be asked to provide their name and contact details for the record and to ensure they are not robots. These data will not be published or otherwise shared.

The Award Panel will review the nominations and extend invitations for applications by 15 April 2017. Nominees interested in applying will need to submit their application materials by 15 June 2017. For more information about the Rahtz Prize, including the nomination and application process, consult: http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/rahtz.xml.

Nominations are due 1 April 2017 by midnight Hawaii/Aleutian Standard Time (HAST).

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Call for Hosts: TEI Conference & Members’ Meeting, 2018 & 2019

The annual TEI Consortium Members’ Meeting and Conference is held every September/October/November, and brings together members of and contributors to the TEI community to share research, showcase tools and techniques as well as provide a report of the state of the TEI-C as part of the Members’ Business Meeting. We are now seeking applications to host the conference and members’ meeting for 2018 and 2019.

The meeting this year will take place on the 11th through the 15th of November 2017 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The most recent meetings have been held:
  • 2016 in Vienna, Austria, hosted by the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences from 26th to 30th of September
  • 2015 in Lyon, France, hosted by the Histoire, archéologie, littératures des mondes chrétiens et musulmans médiévaux (CIHAM) and Histoire et sources des mondes antiques (HISoMA) from 28th to 31st of October
  • 2014 in Evanston, Illinois, USA, hosted by Northwestern University from 22nd to 24th of October
  • 2013 in Rome, Italy, hosted by Sapienza Università di Roma and Associazione per l’Informatica Umanistica e la Cultura Digitale from 2nd to 5th of October

The TEI-C attempts to ensure that the annual meeting is held in a variety of locations reflecting the distribution of TEI members and TEI-related activities with particular interest in institutions that have not previously hosted a TEI Conference and Members’ Meeting. As the TEI community continues to grow globally, the TEI-C is committed to inclusivity. We are also committed to supporting conference settings that are safe and welcoming to all.

Local organizers at the host institution(s) are responsible for providing facilities for all conference-related activities, including pre- and post- events, developing the conference web site, producing a collection of abstracts, organizing a conference dinner, and coordinating appropriate social events. The TEI-C Members’ Meeting and Conference attracts approximately 150 participants and spans 2-4 days, depending on the proposals submitted and the workshops offered. The conference is entirely financed through conference registration fees, a $7,000 USD subvention from the TEI-C, and contributions that the Local Conference Organising Committee is able to obtain from sponsors.

The host application requires thorough logistical, fiscal and other information from the prospective meeting host(s) to enable the TEI-C Board of Directors to fully review the applications with special emphasis on:
  • the level of support and underwriting (financial and logistical) the institution can offer to ensure the success of the meeting.
  • the venue itself and its suitability for a meeting of this size and type.
  • the kinds of support the organizers can draw upon locally to ensure the logistical success of the meeting.

Additional information about conference expectations and requirements, including detailed information about the application process can be found: http://members.tei-c.org/hosting.

Prospective hosts are invited to discuss their plans informally with members of the TEI-C Board of Directors (http://www.tei-c.org/About/board.xml) before submitting an application. We are currently in the process of updating conference protocols, sample proposals, etc. Please contact the Chair of the TEI-C Board, Michelle Dalmau, mdalmau@indiana.edu, about details not covered in the “Hosting a TEI Conference and Members’ Meeting” documentation (http://members.tei-c.org/hosting).

Applications are due 26 May 2017, and will be reviewed by the members of the TEI-C Board who make the final decisions.