Text Encoding for Humanities Scholarship, Wheaton College

Friday, 10 October 2008

10:00–12:00 Session 0: Basics of XML and the TEI (JF and SB)

This optional introductory session covers the essential concepts of XML and the basics of the TEI Guidelines. It is optional but any participant who is new to the TEI, or has not done any active text encoding recently, should plan to attend.

session 0.1 slides (styled TEI source)

session 0.2 slides (styled TEI source)

12:00–1:00 Lunch

1:00–2:30 Session 1: What are digital research materials? (JF)

We will begin this session with a roundtable of introductions, with each participant giving a brief description of their project. Following introductions, the discussion will situate text encoding within the context of scholarly digitization projects. We'll address questions including:

  • What is digitization? what is text encoding?
  • What do they accomplish and how do they change our relationship to scholarly information?
  • What are our research aims and how do different kinds of materials support them?

session 1 slides (styled TEI source)

2:30–3:00 Break

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

We will start with an optional introduction to basic TEI encoding, and progress to hands-on work on your own or a supplied project.

session 2 slides (styled TEI source)

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

In this session we'll discuss specific encoding questions and challenges from the participants' own projects, and those arising from the hands-on practice.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

08:30–10:30 Session 4: Project showcase

In this session we'll hear presentations on a set of participants' projects, with discussion of their encoding and publication approaches. Presentations include:

  • "So, you have encoded your texts, now what? Interface development at the Hamilton College Library"
    Peter MacDonald, Library Information Systems Specialist, Hamilton College
  • "Text and Context: Creating a Digital Edition of an 18th Century French Manuscript with TEI."
    Shaoping Moss, Information Technology Consultant and Nicole Vaget, Professor of French, Mount Holyoke College
  • "From Teaching to Scholarship: Scholarly Accomplishment Developed from Course Research Projects"
    Abraham Quintanar, Associate Professor of Spanish, Dickinson College
  • "Crossroads to Freedom"
    Suzanne Bonefas, Director of Special Projects, Rhodes College

10:30–11:00 Break

11:00–12:30 Session 5: Concepts of markup for scholarship (JF)

This session will include presentations and discussion on encoding some features of particular importance for scholarly usage, including:

  • variant readings
  • manuscript transcription
  • critical apparatus
  • critical commentary and annotation

Session 5 slides (styled TEI source)

12:30–1:30 Lunch

1:30–3:00 Session 6: Hands-on practice and discussion

3:00–3:30 Break

3:30–4:30 Session 7: Challenges of markup for scholarship (JF)

This session will include presentations and discussion of some of the significant challenges in using text encoding to represent scholarly research materials, including

  • overlapping structures
  • representing textual materiality
  • representing figural and graphical information

Session 7 slides (styled TEI source)

4:30–5:30 Session 8: Discussion and questions

Sunday, 12 October 2008

08:30–10:00 Session 9: Designing a custom encoding system with TEI (SB)

This session will present the basic concepts of TEI customization, including questions of when customization is appropriate and necessary, and a demonstration of the TEI's tools for customization.

Session 9 slides (styled TEI source)

10:00–10:30 Break

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

12:00–1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Session 11: Moving from P4 to P5 (SB, JM)

This session will include presentation and discussion of the migration from version P4 to P5 of the TEI Guidelines, with examples from the Women Writers Project's migration and questions and discussion of participants' projects. Issues covered will include:

  • timing and planning
  • new features in P5
  • conversion strategies and tools
  • pitfalls and challenges

Session 11 slides (styled TEI source)

2:00–3:00 Session 12: Dessert in the Archives

Zephorene Stickney and Kathryn Tomasek will host us for a presentation of materials from the Wheaton College Archive on Eliza Wheaton's 19th-century grand tour of Europe.

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

In this final session we'll have an opportunity to talk about ways to develop collaborative partnerships and plan joint funding proposals. We'll also offer some resources for further exploration.