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1. Introduction

This workshop is part of the Digital Humanities Observatory's 'Summer School' hosted in conjunction with the NINES and 18th Connect.

This workshop will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of encoding and transforming electronic texts for the humanities. This workshop is designed for individuals embarking on a text encoding project and who would like a better understanding of the philosophy, theory, and practicalities of encoding in XML (Extensible Markup Language) using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines. Equal focus will be given to methods for displaying, visualizing, and using encoded texts. Existing knowledge of XML and the TEI is helpful but not necessary. Students will also receive instruction on specifying their own document encoding rules using schemas. The workshop is run by James Cummings (University of Oxford) and Dot Porter (DHO).

2. Course Structure

All timings are approximate and may shrink or grow depending on student abilities or requests for more in-depth explanation, but we will attempt to keep to the basic structure below.

2.1. Day 1: Monday 13 July, 2009 -- Introductions

2.2. Day 2: Tuesday 14 July, 2009 -- Metadata and Manuscripts

09:00 - 09:45 Talk 5: The <teiHeader> (PDF) (DP)
09:45 - 10:15 Exercise 3: Improve Your Header (PDF)
10:15 - 11:00 Talk 6: Manuscript Description (PDF) (JC)
11:00 - 11:20 Tea / Coffee
11:20 - 11:50 Exercise 4: Describe a Manuscript (PDF)
11:50 - 12:30 Talk 7: Facsimile and Image Markup (PDF) (DP)
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 15:15 Something Different!

2.3. Day 3: Wednesday 15 July, 2009 -- Digital Editions

09:00 - 09:45 Talk 8: Transcription and Primary Sources (PDF) (DP)
09:45 - 10:15 Exercise 5: Transcription of Handwritten Materials (PDF)
10:15 - 11:00 Talk 9: Critical Apparatus (PDF) (JC)
11:00 - 11:20 Tea / Coffee
11:20 - 12:30 Talk 10: Names, Dates, People and Places (PDF) (DP)
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:30 Exercise 6: Simple Linking (PDF)
14:30 - 15:15 Talk 11: Pointing, Linking, and Stand-Off Markup (PDF) (JC)
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee/Tea

2.4. Day 4: Thursday 16 July, 2009 -- More TEI Modules

09:00 - 10:00 Talk 12: Analysis, Speech and Linguistics (PDF) (JC)
10:00 - 10:30 Exercise 7: Facsimile Linking (PDF)
10:30 - 11:00 Talk 13: TEI, Unicode, and Non-Standard Characters (PDF) (JC)
11:00 - 11:20 Tea / Coffee
11:20 - 12:30 Talk 14: Verse, Drama, and Dictionaries (PDF) (DP)
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch

2.5. Day 4: Friday 17 July, 2009 -- Customisation

09:00 - 10:15 Talk 15: Documenting TEI Customisations (PDF) (JC)
10:15 - 11:00 Exercise 8: Customising the TEI (PDF)
11:00 - 11:20 Tea / Coffee
11:20 - 12:00 Talk 16: Exploring the TEI Community (PDF) (DP)
12:00 - 12:30 Talk 17: Conclusions and Group Discussion (PDF) (JC, DP, ALL)
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch

3. Reading

3.1. Suggested Reading

4. Course Materials

All of the slides for the talks are made available here for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The workshop materials are available online, and will also be temporarily available during the workshop in a rather large zip file at http://tei.oucs.ox.ac.uk/2009-07-dublin.zip. If you do use the materials, please also tell us as well!



James Cummings and Dot Porter. Date: July 2009
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