An Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative
 

(From Source to Publication)

Convenors: Huw Jones, Yasmin Faghihi, Matthew Holford

Hashtag: #TEI and #DHOxSS2019

Computers: Please bring your own laptop (no tablets please). 

Abstract

This workshop combines taught and practical sessions with case-studies introducing the use of the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), with a focus on the representation and publishing of primary sources. TEI is a very broad and flexible standard, so will also concentrate on how TEI can best be used in specific research contexts. We will showcase a number of projects in the fields of digital editing, text-analysis and publication. Case studies will cover both specific textual phenomena and those common to diverse media and genres. Core aspects of TEI to be covered in the hands-on exercise sessions include structural elements of texts, metadata, representing people, places, dates and groups, the transcription and description of documents, encoding correspondence, and how to query, transform and publish your texts.

 

Experience necessary

No previous experience with markup, XML, TEI, or editing is assumed.

 

Intended outcomes

Participants will leave with a grounding based on practical experience in what the TEI can do to represent both the physical and the linguistic features of documents, how it can inform the analysis of texts, and how it can form part of a publication pathway. 

Advance reading list
 

Lou Burnard, What is the Text Encoding Initiative? How to add intelligent markup to digital resources. Marseille: OpenEdition Press, 2014. Available on the Internet: http://books.openedition.org/oep/426. ISBN: 9782821834606. DOI: 10.4000/books.oep.426.


Convenors

Huw Jones is Head of the Digital Library Unit and Digital Humanities Coordinator at Cambridge University Library, working with researchers, curators, and technical staff to make the Library's special collections accessible online. He has supported and collaborated with a wide range of TEI projects from descriptive catalogues such as the Cambridge Digital Library and Fihrist to digital edtions such as the Newton Project and Darwin Correspondence Project. He has taught TEI in Cambridge University as part of the Cambridge Digital Humanities learning programme. 

Yasmin Faghihi is Head of the Near and Middle Eastern Department at Cambridge University Library and Chair of the FIHRIST Board of Directors (on-line union catalogue for manuscripts from the Islamicate world). She has been involved in collaborative work to create standardised practices for manuscript description in TEI. Yasmin teaches targeted use of TEI to new contributors to FIHRIST and coordinates workflow activities for the catalogue. She has been a major contributor to Cambridge Digital Library and taught TEI at workshops in Manchester, Oxford and as part of the Digital Humanities Programme in Cambridge.

 

Matthew Holford is Tolkien Curator of Medieval Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. He joined the Bodleian in 2014 and has worked extensively on the TEI catalogue of Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries. Previously he was senior researcher on a TEI digital edition of medieval documents, Mapping the Medieval Countryside. He has taught on the TEI strand at DHOxSS since 2015.

"The workshop was very useful and I learned a lot from it. It was great to have a range of tutors and styles throughout the week."

DHOxSS 2018 participant

TIMETABLE

 
Link to overview of the week's timetable including evening events.
Monday 22nd July (Introduction to markup and the TEI )
08:00-09:00

Registration (Sloane Robinson building)
Tea and coffee (ARCO building)
09:00-10:00

Opening Keynote (Sloan Robinson O'Reilly lecture theatre)

10:00-10:30

Refreshment break (ARCO building)

10:30-12:00

"What is TEI and why you might want to use it the principles of XML, markup and TEI and how they relate to research questions"

Speakers: Yasmin Faghihi, Matthew Holford and Huw Jones

12:00-13:30

Lunch (Dining Hall)
13:30-15:30

Exercise: Creating and editing TEI documents. The basics of TEI files using the Oxygen XML editor

Speakers: Yasmin Faghihi, Matthew Holford and Huw Jones

15:30-16:00

 

Refreshment break (ARCO building)
16:00-17:00

Primary source documents and encoding issues (Weston Library)

We will take a look at some primary source documents from the Bodleian collections. This session will take place in the Bahari Room at the Weston Library. Please assemble at the ARCO Building by 15.50 where Yasmin or Huw will meet you to take you to the Weston Library.

Tuesday 23rd July (Using TEI markup)
09:00-10:30
 
What to mark up and why?
What are the options for TEI markup - and how to decide what markup to use.

Speakers: Yasmin Faghihi, Matthew Holford and Huw Jones

10:30-11:00
 
Refreshment break (ARCO building)

 

11:00-13:00
Exercise: A practical guide to TEI mark-up
Hands on exercises and examples of TEI markup.

Speakers: Yasmin Faghihi, Matthew Holford and Huw Jones

13:00-14:30
Lunch (Dining Hall)
14:30-15:30
Case study: The Institute for Textual Scholarship and Editing

Speaker: Hugh Houghton

15:30-16:00
Refreshment break (ARCO building)

 

16:00 - 17:00
 
Lectures (various venues)
Wednesday 24th July (Encoding primary sources - manuscripts)

09:00-10:30  
Describing and transcribing manuscripts using TEI
Using the msDesc module to encode manuscript descriptions

 

Speakers: Yasmin Faghihi, Matthew Holford and Huw Jones

10:30 -11:00
 
Refreshment break (ARCO building)
11:00-13:00

Exercise: Encoding manuscripts
Practical exercises based on real life manuscripts

Speakers: Yasmin Faghihi, Matthew Holford and Huw Jones

13:00-14:30
Lunch (Dining Hall)
14:30 - 15:30  

 

Case Study: Using TEI manuscript data to answer research questions

Speaker: Luca Guariento

15:30-16:00

Refreshment break (ARCO building)
16:00-17:00

 

Lectures (various venues)

Thursday 25th July (Encoding primary sources - correspondence)

 

09:00-10:30
Elizabeth Smith, Darwin Correspondence Project

Speaker: Elizabeth Smith, Darwin Correspondence Project

 

10:30-11:00
 
Refreshment break (ARCO building)

11:00-13:00

Exercise: Encoding correspondence

Practical examples and exercises of encoding letters with the correspDesc module.

Speaker: Elizabeth Smith, Darwin Correspondence Project

13:00-14:30

Lunch (Dining Hall)
14:30 - 15:30
Case study: The Darwin Correspondence Project

Speaker: Elizabeth Smith, Darwin Correspondence Project

15:30-16:00
Refreshment break (ARCO building)

 

16:00-17:00
 
Lectures (various venues)

Friday 26th July (Publishing TEI)

09:00-10:30
Transforming TEI with XSLT
Using XSLT to transform TEI into HTML for publication on the web
Speaker: Andrew Morison

10:30-11:00
 
Refreshment break (ARCO building)
11:00-13:00
Exercise: Basic transformations with XSLT
Practical exercises on creating web pages using XSLT
Speakers: Andrew Morrison, Mike Hawkins
 
13:00-14:30

Lunch (Dining Hall)
14:30-15:30

Case study: The Newton Project

Speakers: Rob Iliffe and Mike Hawkins

15:30 -16:00

Refreshment break (ARCO building)

16:00-17:00
 
Closing plenary (O'Reilly lecture theatre)
Speaker biographies

Hugh Houghton is Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Professor of New Testament Textual Scholarship. He has worked on various electronic editions, including the Digital Codex Sinaiticus, and he led the Anglo-German Workspace for Collaborative Editing project. His books include a guide to the Latin New Testament, a study of Augustine’s gospel quotations and various scholarly editions and edited volumes. He is currently leading a European-funded project on Greek New Testament commentary manuscripts and is co-investigator of the Codex Zacynthius Project.

 

Luca Guariento started his working career as a Systems Administrator in a software house. After three years he resigned and enrolled at the University of Bologna, where he received a BA in Drama, Art and Music Studies, and a MA in Musicology. He then moved to Glasgow, where he completed a PhD in Music, researching on the seventeenth-century polymath Robert Fludd. In the meantime, he got increasingly involved in many Digital Humanities projects, specialising in XML technologies and the TEI standards, IIIF, and maps. He is now Research Systems Developer at Glasgow University, where he combines his grounding in the Arts and Humanities with his passion for digital humanities tools and methodologies

Elizabeth Smith is the Associate Editor for Digital Development at the Darwin Correspondence Project, where she contributed to the conversion of the Project’s work into TEI several years ago, and has since been collaborating with the technical director in refining the Project’s use of TEI. She is one of the co-ordinators of Epsilon, a TEI-based portal for nineteenth-century science letters.

Rob Iliffe is Professor of History of Science at Oxford, Co-Director of the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, and a General Editor of the Newton Project. He is the author of A Very Short Introduction to Newton (OUP 2007) and Priest of Nature: the Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton, (OUP 2017), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Isaac Newton, 2nd ed. (CUP, 2016). He was editor of History of Science from 2001-8 and is currently co-editor of Annals of Science. He has published widely on topics in the history of early modern and Enlightenment science, and particularly on historical interactions between science and religion, scientific voyages of discovery, the life and work of Isaac Newton, the development of ideas about scientific genius and scientific creativity, and the role of scientific instruments in scientific innovation.

Mike Hawkins is the Technical Director for numerous digital humanities projects, including the Darwin Correspondence Project, the Newton Project and Enlightening Science (both at the University of Oxford), Livingstone Online (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL) and the British Living Standards Project (University of Sussex). He was also the Project Manager of Windows on Genius (University of Sussex, Cambridge University Library). Hawkins is also the Technical Director of The Casebooks Project (History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge), The Cambridge Platonists Project (Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge) and the Wordsworth Project (University of Cambridge & Newcastle, Cambridge University Library).

 

 
 
 
 
 
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