Advanced TEI Seminar at UC Santa Barbara: Logistics

Travel and Reimbursement

Our hosts have recommended the following hotels:

The Franciscan is slightly cheaper for the dates of our stay, and it’s in the heart of downtown, near the shops and restaurants, so we recommend that you make your reservations there if you can. Transportation will be available to and from campus. Otherwise, go with the Best Western (which is also a really pleasant place to stay). You should book as soon as you can to be sure of getting a room.

In making your reservations, please be sure to ask for the university rate: say that you’re attending a university function being sponsored by the English Department. You should get a rate around $105–125 per night. The institute will start in the morning on September 14 and run through the end of the day on September 16, so you should plan to arrive on the 13th.

If you are seeking reimbursement from us for any travel expenses, please be sure to keep your travel receipts, including boarding passes.

What to Post in Advance

In advance of the workshop, please post the following materials to the wiki for this workshop: All workshop participants have been given accounts as authors on this wiki, but if you have problems posting please let us know.

  • a small set of sample source texts representing your project’s materials
  • at least one sample encoded in TEI (the encoding can be basic if you haven’t started tackling more advanced encoding topics yet)
  • a project description (about two pages) summarizing your project’s goals and identifying one or more specific questions or challenges that you are bringing for discussion at the institute
  • the ODD for your project’s customized TEI schema, if you have one
  • links to any relevant online project materials (web site, documentation, anything else that may provide useful background information)

What to Bring

You should plan to bring the following items and materials with you to the workshop:

  • A laptop computer. We’ll be working in seminar spaces and in small groups where flexibility and mobility are important, so each participant should have a laptop. Please install the <oXygen/> XML editor (available as a free 30-day trial from SynchRO Soft at, and relatively cheap to purchase) before you arrive. You should also have a standards-based browser such as Firefox.
  • A selection of sample texts from your project to work on.
  • If possible, basic TEI-encoded versions of some of your sample texts, to give you a head start on the more advanced encoding work we’ll be doing in the workshop.

What to Prepare

For these advanced workshops, we are assuming that everyone has a basic acquaintance with TEI encoding (for instance, from an introductory workshop or from personal experimentation). If your TEI encoding experience is rusty, you might want to take a short sample text and try encoding it using your project’s schema, or a generic TEI schema. We’ve put together some encoding practice suggestions and materials which may be helpful.

The institute will include a combination of case studies, presentations, discussion, and hands-on practice. Please come prepared to give a brief (about 20 minutes) presentation on your project and on the specific encoding challenges you’re tackling. (If you’re part of a team, only one team member needs to present.) It would be ideal if you can address the following points:

  • What are the overall content, goals, and audience of the project?
  • What are the major challenges, interesting problems, or concerns for your project in connection with the workshop topic (either manuscript encoding or contextual information)? If you have specific examples to show, that would be ideal.
  • What editorial or methodological assumptions and approaches do you bring to the encoding? What are the larger issues raised by the encoding challenges you described above? (For example, if you are working on manuscript materials, what editorial traditions inform your approach?)