WWP Introductory Seminars on Scholarly Text Encoding

In 2006 the WWP received funding from the NEH to support a two-year program of workshops and seminars on text encoding, aimed specifically at humanities faculty, held at humanities centers across the US during 2007-2009. The goal of this initiative was two-fold: first, to provide humanities faculty and students with an opportunity to examine the significance of text encoding as a scholarly practice, through a combination of discussion and practical experimentation. And second, to provide supporting resources for humanities researchers who want to experiment with text encoding on their own, or would like to start or become involved with a digital research project. The resources and events listed below are all aimed at faculty, students, and practitioners in the humanities who have little or no technical experience but are interested in digital textuality. In addition to providing support in grappling with the technical topics, these resources also engage with the scholarly issues that surround these technologies.

Funding for these seminars came from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the WWP, and the hosting institutions. We would like to express our particular gratitude to the local organizers and directors of the centers hosting these events for making them such a success.

Locations and dates for the events in this series were as follows:

Support and consultation

No matter how engaging these seminars may have been, they cannot answer all the questions that will arise and they cannot in themselves make it possible for participants to become confident, engaged critics, creators, and leaders of digital text projects. To ensure that the interests and ideas arising from the seminars receive ongoing support, this program also supported a number of activities and resources intended to provide longer-term advice and consultation, as well as a place where participants and others interested in the field can go to find out more. These included:

  • project consultation for participants who are thinking about starting or getting involved with a digital project
  • advice on writing grant proposals for digital text projects
  • support in creating TEI schemas and customizations
  • advice on digital editing, authoring, and publication
  • information on staffing, funding, project management
  • the opportunity to ask questions of any kind: we welcome them all

If you participated in a WWP seminar and you'd like to get advice or information, please contact us at WWP@brown.edu. Even if you haven't attended a WWP seminar, please feel free to write—we may be able to help and we'll be happy to try.