TEI in Large Projects
A Digital Salon Workshop
Preparation and Materials
- If you have a textual project in mind (for instance, one that draws on historical documents or literary texts), bring a photocopy or transcription printout of a few pages of the projects’ central texts with you to both days of the workshop. We will be adding marginalia and generally scribbling all over the pages you bring with you, so be sure to bring disposable copies of your documents, rather than the actual documents themselves.
- Bring a laptop with you (if you don’t have a laptop, the library can loan you one).
- Read through the Document Analysis and Project Considerations pdfs.
- We won’t be writing any TEI files as part of this workshop, but you will have the opportunity to read a few. While you can open and edit TEI files in any text editor (such as Note Pad, which comes for free with the Windows operating system, or TextEdit, which comes for free with the Mac operating system), the Oxygen Editor, a text editor specially designed for XML files, makes TEI easier to read and manipulate. Feel free to install a trial version of Oxygen on you computer before the workshop.
August 27th 9:00-1:00
Slides Day 1 (Updated)
- Welcome and Introductions
- Hands On: Textual Scholarship
- Introduction to XML
- When Is TEI Knowledge Useful (and how much do you need)?
- Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative
- How the TEI Represents Texts
- Customizing the TEI
- TEI-based Project Examples
Answer the questions in the “Preliminary Encoding Questions” Document Analysis pdf overnight.
August 28th 9:00-1:00
Slides Day 2 (Updated)
A Simple Sample TEI Document: simple_tei_all (a letter from Martha Washington from George Washington)
A Set of TEI Documents with beautiful robust teiHeaders: Siemens_Devonshire_Manuscript_poems (encoded poems from Ray Siemens’ encoded version of The Devonshire Manuscript)
- Welcome Back!
- TEI-based Projects Revisited
- Case Study: TEI in the LGLC
- Project Planning 101
- Discussion: Participant Projects
- Turning Planning into a Grant Application & Work Plan
- Further Resources
Recommended (but not obligatory) Readings
Flanders, Julia and Matt Jockers. “A Matter of Scale”
Flanders, Julia. “What is TEI?”
Digital Humanities at Oxford. “Chapter 1 – Getting Started Using the TEI: What is TEI.”
Birnbaum, David. “What is XML and why should humanists care?”
Burnard, Lou. What is the Text Encoding Initiative?
Buzetti, Dino & McGann, Jerome. “Electronic Textual Editing: Critical Editing in a Digital Horizon.” Electronic Textual Editing. Ed. John Unsworth, Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, and Lou Burnard.
Cummings, James. (2008). “The Text Encoding Initiative and the Study of Literature.” A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, ed. Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens. Oxford: Blackwell.
Flanders, Julia et al. (1997). “Names Proper and Improper: Applying the TEI to the Classification of Proper Nouns.” Computers and the Humanities 31(4), 285–300.
Singer, Kate. “Digital Close Reading: TEI for Teaching Poetic Vocabularies.” JiSP 3.
Sperberg-McQueen, C.M. “A Gentle Introduction to XML.” P5: Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange.
TEI-Encoded Projects Discussed in the Workshop
(This list is by no means exhaustive)
- Walt Whitman Archive. As we work through manuscript markup and how to create an explicit connection between footnotes, text, and images, try to imagine the markup behind the Whitman manuscript pages like this one.
- Map of Early Modern London. MoEML lets you read their TEI. Click on the “See XML” link on the left hand side of place entries or biographies like this one to read their TEI.
- The Yellow Nineties Online. They offer PDF, XML, and HTML versions of their files in response to visitors’ searches.
- Colonial Despatches.
- Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing. Scholarly Editing publishes short TEI projects. I highly recommend The Firstling/Erstling/He Complex and A Selection from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin