Advanced TEI Seminar at University of Maryland: Schedule

Schemas, etc.

The schemas we will use can be found (among other things) on the handouts page

Wednesday, January 20 (McKeldin Library, MITH seminar room)

09:00–09:30 Welcome and introductions

09:30–12:00 Establishing common practice (presentations and discussion)

In this opening session we'll consider the basics of good manuscript encoding practice, using participant projects as the jumping-off point. Looking at samples from these projects we'll discuss questions including:

  • What information does a reader need to receive from the encoded representation in order to usefully study the text in basic ways?
  • What are the basic, essential features of a good manuscript encoding?
  • What features are still challenging to encode in TEI? where are the greatest encoding difficulties and what strategies have been developed for addressing them?
  • Is it possible to envision a shared set of "best practices" for manuscript encoding, and if not, why not?

Project presentations from:

  • Alice Hickcox, Emory University: Lady Gregory Collection
  • Cathy Hajo and Esther Katz, NYU: Margaret Sanger Papers
  • Richard Wisneski, Case Western Reserve: Cleveland, Ohio and the Western Reserve Digital Text Collection


13:30–14:30 Discussion: Better practices

To follow up on the morning's presentations and prepare for the hands-on practice, we'll consider the following questions:

  • What are the areas of greatest divergence in our current encoding, and where might there be motivations to harmonize encoding?
  • Are there any improvements you can plan to your own encoding?

15:00–17:30 Hands-on practice

Group dinner at Tiffin, details to follow

Thursday, January 21 (McKeldin Library, MITH seminar room)

09:00–12:00 Representing authorship, editorial position, and documentary materiality (slides, toy “manuscript” image, genetic test case image)

In this session we'll consider some more specialized encoding to handle details of authoring and revision processes, as well as ways of representing the material aspects of the manuscript document. The TEI is now considering a new module to support genetic editing, which includes a number of features that will be useful to many of us who are interested in revision processes and documentary materiality. We'll take a look at these new features and then examine some further case studies from participant projects. Important questions for this session include:

  • What aspects of editorial position and debate do readers need to receive from the encoding, in order to work with the text effectively? What aspects of editorial practice need to be reflected in the encoding?
  • What editorial assumptions are embedded tacitly in our markup?
  • Are there areas where our markup expresses conflicting editorial assumptions?
  • What features are still challenging to encode in TEI? where are the greatest encoding difficulties and what strategies have been developed for addressing them?
  • What encoding features in this area are most useful to readers, most worth the effort of encoding?

Project presentations from:

  • John Bryant and Wyn Kelley, Hofstra University and MIT: Herman Melville's Typee
  • Julie Enszer, University of Maryland: Dickinson Electronic Archive
  • Heather Wolfe and Jim Kuhn, Folger Shakespeare Library: various manuscripts from the Folger collection


13:30–15:30 Hands-on

During this hands-on session participants will have an opportunity to work with the new TEI module if they choose, or on developing or refining a TEI customization for their project, using Roma or (for the more adventurous) by editing the ODD file directly. Participants can also work on extending their encoding.

16:00–17:30 Problem cases and discussion

We’ll conclude the day with a discussion of people's experiments with the new TEI module and with their own customizations, looking at examples from the hands-on session and also discussing any difficult encoding problems that have arisen.

Friday, January 22 (McKeldin Library, MITH seminar room)

09:00–11:00 From transcription to contextualization: Manuscripts as information objects

We've been looking thus far at forms of encoding that emphasize the manuscript-specific and editorial aspects of handwritten documents. In the third segment of the seminar we'll look beyond the strictly manuscript features of the text and consider what other forms of editing and contextualization may be embodied in the encoding. Questions for this session include:

  • What other kinds of information (apart from details of the manuscript itself) are important for readers of these materials?
  • How does manuscript markup harmonize (or not!) with other forms of TEI markup in the same document?
  • What transcriptional or editorial practices are appropriate for representing manuscript materials in cases where their handwritten qualities are not of specific interest? Are there special challenges in representing manuscript materials while not foregrounding their specifically manuscript nature? How can we ensure that readers understand the special nature of these materials (as both physical and digital objects?

Project presentation from:

  • Susan Garfinkel and Juretta Heckscher, Library of Congress: American Memory Project

11:00–12:00 A comparative look at other projects (slides)

Before wrapping up for lunch we'll look at some other manuscript-focused projects and (where possible) their markup, and consider their practices in light of our discussions. We'll also discuss the publication tools these projects are using and those used in participants' projects.


13:30–15:00 Hands-on practice

This will be an opportunity to work with the genetic encoding module.

15:00–16:30 Questions (of all kinds)

We'll finish up by addressing questions of all kinds, especially encoding questions arising from the examples and the hands-on practice.