Text Encoding for Humanities Scholarship

This three-day seminar was held at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts on October 10-12, 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, Syd Bauman, and John Melson.

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

Friday, October 10

Session 0, 10:00-12:00: Basics of XML and the TEI (optional introductory session)

Session 1, 1:00-2:30: Roundtable introductions and discussion: what are digital research materials?

Session 2, 3:00-4:30: Hands-on text encoding practice

Session 3, 4:30-5:30: Questions and discussion of encoding issues and problems

Saturday, October 11

Session 4, 8:30-10:30: Project showcase

Session 5, 11:00-12:30: Concepts of markup for scholarship

Session 6, 1:30-3:00: Hands-on practice and one-on-one consultation

Session 7, 3:30-4:30: Challenges of markup for scholarship

Session 8, 4:30-5:30: Discussion, questions and answers

Sunday, October 12

Session 9, 8:30-10:00: Designing a Custom Encoding System with TEI

Session 10, 10:30-12:00: Hands-on practice

Session 11, 1:00-2:00: Moving from P4 to P5

Session 12, 2:00-3:00: Dessert in the Archives

Session 13, 3:00-4:30: Next steps and further collaboration


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