Text Encoding for Humanities Scholarship

This three-day seminar was held at Northwestern University on January 13-15, 2008. It is part of a two-year program of seminars on scholarly text encoding sponsored by the NEH and conducted by the Brown University Women Writers Project. More information about the series is available here. The seminar leaders are Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman.

This seminar is intended as an introductory step, which we hope will encourage some participants to explore text encoding issues more fully on their own or as part of a digital project. Part of the funding for this seminar series goes to provide consultation and advice following the seminar, including assistance with writing grant proposals, advice and assistance on developing TEI schemas and documentation, and guidance on text encoding issues. More information is available at the main seminar page.


A more detailed schedule

Tuesday, January 13

9:00: Welcome and introductions

Session 1, 9:30-10:30: What are digital research materials?

Session 2, 10:45-11:15: About the TEI

Session 3, 11:15-12:30: Basics of XML

Session 4, 1:30-2:30: Basics of text encoding with the TEI

Session 5, 3:00-5:00: Hands-on practice and discussion

NOTE: following sessions have been re-arranged to accomodate weather situation

Wednesday, January 14

Session 6, 9:00-10:00: Concepts of markup for scholarship

Session 11, 10:15-12:00: Hands-on practice and CSS

Session 8, 1:00-2:30: Challenges of markup for scholarship

Session 9, 3:00-4:30: Designing a Custom Encoding System with TEI

Session 10, 4:30-5:00: Questions and discussion

Thursday, January 15

Session 12, 9:00-10:30: Metadata and contextual information

Session 13, 10:45-11:30: Project management

extra ses., 11:30-12:00: hands-on

Session 7, 13:00-15:15: Hands-on practice and discussion

Session 14, 15:30-16:00: Wrap-up, final questions and discussion


Document samples

Instructions for downloading materials

Document analysis worksheet

Element list: PDF and HTML

The seminar series resource page has links to all the slide sets (whether used in this seminar or not), interesting web sites we may have shown, and useful TEI links

The WWP Guide to Scholarly Text Encoding