Save the date: TEI Simple HackAThon, Lyon, Oct 2015

Dear all,

It is a pleasure to announce that there will be TEI Simple HackAThon at TEI Members Meeting in Lyon in October this year.
Conveners for this event are Magdalena Turska and Wolfgang Meier of eXist Solutions.
Registration will be open as soon as the date is confirmed. Most probably it will be Monday, 26th of October.
Meanwhile, here’s the presentation on Simple Processing Model I will be giving this Friday as part of first DiXiT Convention in The Hague and the previous one, delivered by James Cummings during DH 2015 in Sydney
On behalf of Magdalena Turska by your TEI social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea

2nd Call for participation: Digital Humanities Hackathon on Text Re-Use: ‘Don’t leave your data problems at home!’

Digital Humanities Hackathon on Text Re-Use: ‘Don’t leave your data problems at home!’

27-30 July, 2015

Hosted by the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany Organised by: Emily Franzini, Greta Franzini and Maria Moritz

The Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities will host a Hackathon targeted at students and researchers with a humanities background who wish to improve their computer skills by working with their own data-set. Rather than teaching everything there is to know about algorithms, the Hackathon will assist participants with their specific data-related problem, so that they can take away the knowledge needed to tackle the issue(s) at hand.

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TEI Hackathon at DH2015

TEI Hackathon at DH2015: Building Tools for TEI Collections

The TEI Consortium is sponsoring a Hackathon at DH2015 on 29 June 2015. To register for the Hackathon you must first submit a brief application at prior to registering for the ‘workshop’ on the website. You’ll be notified by 15 May (if not before) of your acceptance on the hackathon.

The Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) are widely used for creating resources, but there is little standardisation across multiple projects for querying, searching, and analysing TEI-encoded texts. Developers unfamiliar with the TEI often approach the development of TEI processing systems either with trepidation or ignorance of  potential complications. This unconference-style Hackathon is open either to developers with very little TEI experience (but significant programming skills) or experts in the TEI (with a little programming experience), or people who have both. It is not a training workshop!

There is no charge for those attending this day-long workshop, but you will be expected to work in groups to program something useful. Applications to join the Hackathon should be completed online at before 1 May. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15 May. Late applications will be considered if there is space.

TEI Hackathon: Report by Nick Laiacona


Nick Laiacona, Performant Software Solutions LLC (

Working Group Project: 

I worked on the ODD Visualizer project.

Contribution to Group Project:

I adapted the D3 Tree View to work with the data model we developed to characterize the changes to a schema prescribed by a given ODD.

We made use of D3.js, underscore.js, Git Hub, Google Docs. Links to Git repo and our working document are on the TEI Hackathon Wiki page.


(i): Deliverable(s)
We produced a working D3 visualization ( and source code for it which is found on GitHub.
(ii): Findings
For me, I didn’t have a specific research question that was addressed by this activity, but nevertheless it was quite worthwhile.
(iii): Learning Outcomes 
I think it was very useful to learn more about ODD structure and capabilities from the experts.