Text Encoding for Humanities Scholarship: What, Why, How?

This three-day seminar was held at the University of California at Santa Barbara on September 19-21, 2007, hosted with generous support by the Transliteracies Project and the UCSB Early Modern Center. 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

Monday, May 14

Session 1, 9:00-10:30: What is Text Encoding?

Session 2, 11:00-12:30: What and Why is the TEI?

Session 3, 1:30-2:20: Basics of XML Encoding with the TEI

Session 4, 3:00-5:30: Hands-on practice and discussion

Tuesday, May 15

Session 5, 9:00-10:30: More Advanced Encoding with TEI

Session 6, 11:00-12:30: Hands-on practice and discussion

Session 7, 1:30-3:00: Encoding as Disciplinary Practice

Session 8, 3:30-4:30: Designing a Custom Encoding System with TEI

Wrap-up, 4:30-5:30: Final questions and discussion


Document samples

Instructions for downloading materials

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