Text Encoding for Humanities Scholarship, University of Buffalo

Tuesday, January 8

9:00 Welcome and introductions

9:45-11:00 Session 1: What are digital research materials? (JF)

This introductory session will include presentations and discussion to situate text encoding within the context of scholarly digitization projects. We'll address questions including:

  • What is digitization? what is text encoding?
  • What do they accomplish and how do they change our relationship to scholarly information?
  • What are our research aims and how do different kinds of materials support them?

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Session 2: About the TEI (JF)

This session will provide some background on the TEI and its role as a community standard in the digital research landscape, including issues of:

  • Mission and impact
  • Scope
  • How it affects us

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Session 3: Basics of XML (SB)

This session will introduce the basic concepts of XML and the essentials of using the <oXygen/> XML editor.

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-5:00 Session 4: Basics of TEI markup (JF, SB)

In this session we'll go over the basics of TEI markup, looking at simple encoding examples, and then doing hands-on practice encoding sample texts (or texts brought by participants) using templates provided.

Wednesday, January 9

9:00-10:30 Session 5: Concepts of markup for scholarship (JF)

This session will include presentations and discussion on encoding some features of particular importance for scholarly usage, including:

  • variant readings
  • manuscript transcription
  • critical apparatus
  • critical commentary and annotation

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Session 6: Document analysis (JF)

In this session we'll discuss the process of document analysis and its role in project development; participants will do a simple document analysis using their sample texts and discuss the results.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Session 7: How to read and use the TEI Guidelines (SB)

In this session we'll talk about how the TEI Guidelines are organized, how to navigate within them, and how to read and use the information they contain.

2:00 Quick break

2:15-5:00 Session 8: Hands-on practice and CSS

Slides: source, HTML

This session will focus on more encoding practice, working with the participants' own texts. We'll include a brief discussion of CSS for those who are interested, to enable participants to view styled versions of their encoded materials.

Thursday, January 10

9:00-10:30 Session 9: Challenges of markup for scholarship (JF)

This session will include presentations and discussion of some of the significant challenges in using text encoding to represent scholarly research materials, including

  • overlapping structures
  • representing textual materiality
  • representing figural and graphical information

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Session 10: XML publication tools (SB)

This session will present an overview of the most common tools and approaches for publishing TEI documents.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Session 11: Project management (JF)

This session will include presentation and discussion of some of the significant issues in developing and managing scholarly text encoding projects, including:

  • funding and sustainability
  • staff and work flow
  • institutional location and disciplinarity

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30-4:00 Session 12: Customizing the TEI (SB)

This session will present the basic concepts of TEI customization, including questions of when customization is appropriate and necessary, and a demonstration of the TEI's tools for customization.

4:00-4:30 Wrap up (JF)

  • What are the next steps?
  • Resources available
  • Final questions