Text Encoding for Humanities Scholarship, Miami University of Ohio

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

10:00 Welcome and introductions

10:30-11:30 Session 1: What are digital research materials? (JF) (Slides)

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?

11:30-12:00 Session 2: About the TEI (JF) (Slides)

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)(Slides)

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

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Session 4: Hands-on practice (SB and JF) (Slides)

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, July 23, 2008

09:00-10:30 Hands-on

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Session 5: Concepts of markup for scholarship (JF) (Slides)

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

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Session 6: Challenges of markup for scholarship (JF) (Slides)

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

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Session 7: Hands-on practice and basics of CSS (SB and JF) (Slides)

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, July 24, 2008

9:00-10:30 Session 8: Designing a custom encoding system with TEI (SB) (Slides)

This session will introduce the TEI customization with a demonstration, followed by more detail during the hands-on session following for those who want to explore in more depth

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Hands-on

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Session 9: Metadata and contextual information (SB) (Slides, encoded sample, and Sample header (choose "view source" if necessary to see markup))

This session will present an overview of the TEI header and the new TEI mechanisms for encoding contextual information (prosopography, gazetteers, glossaries, etc.)

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Session 11: Project management / NINES (JF) (Slides)

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

In this session we will also explore the relationship between TEI projects and the NINES framework, and discuss possibilities for collaboration and future development.

4:30-4:45 Wrap up (JF)

In the final wrap-up we'll have time for concluding questions and discussion.