Advanced TEI Seminar at Brown University: Logistics

Travel and Reimbursement

The following hotels are fairly close to campus:

  • Radisson India Point
    220 India Street, Providence, RI 02903
    1-800-395-7046
    To receive a discounted rate, request the "Brown Family and Friends rate", which will be in the range of $110 per night.
  • Marriott Courtyard Providence Downtown
    32 Exchange Terrace
    Providence, RI 02903-1743
    (401) 272-1191
  • Hilton Providence
    21 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903, 401-831-3900
    The Hilton is located in downtown Providence, near the historic Federal Hill neighborhood. A shuttle is available to the Brown campus.
  • Christopher Dodge House
    11 West Park Street, Providence, RI 02908, 401-351-6111
    A reasonably priced bed and breakfast located near the Capitol Building in downtown Providence, about a mile from Brown. Room rates are in the range of $120 with free parking included.
  • Annie Brownell House
    400 Angell St., Providence, RI 02906
    401-454-2934
    info@anniebrownellhouse.com
  • The Old Court Bed and Breakfast
    144 Benefit St., Providence, RI 02903
    401-751-2002, 401-351-0747
    reserve@oldcourt.com

The Radisson is about a one mile walk and also has a shuttle available. The Marriott is very nice and is located in downtown Providence, about half a mile from campus and a much more scenic walk than from the Radisson, but it’s also more expensive. Annie Brownell House and the Old Court are nice B&Bs just under a mile from campus and in both cases a very nice walk.

If you are seeking reimbursement from us for any travel expenses, please be sure to keep your travel receipts, including boarding passes.

More information about transportation, airports, and parking in Providence is available here.

What to Post in Advance

In advance of the workshop, please post the following materials to the wiki for this workshop: http://wwptei.pbworks.com/Brown-2011. All workshop participants have been given accounts as authors on this wiki, but if you have problems posting please let us know.

  • a small set of sample source texts representing your project’s materials
  • at least one sample encoded in TEI (the encoding can be basic if you haven’t started tackling more advanced encoding topics yet)
  • a project description (about two pages) summarizing your project’s goals and identifying one or more specific questions or challenges that you are bringing for discussion at the institute
  • the ODD for your project’s customized TEI schema, if you have one
  • links to any relevant online project materials (web site, documentation, anything else that may provide useful background information)

What to Bring

You should plan to bring the following items and materials with you to the workshop:

  • A laptop computer. We’ll be working in seminar spaces and in small groups where flexibility and mobility are important, so each participant should have a laptop. Please install the <oXygen/> XML editor (available as a free 30-day trial from SynchRO Soft at http://www.oxygenxml.com/download_oxygenxml_editor.html, and relatively cheap to purchase) before you arrive. You should also have a standards-based browser such as Firefox.
  • A selection of sample texts from your project to work on.
  • If possible, basic TEI-encoded versions of some of your sample texts, to give you a head start on the more advanced encoding work we’ll be doing in the workshop.

What to Prepare

For these advanced workshops, we are assuming that everyone has a basic acquaintance with TEI encoding (for instance, from an introductory workshop or from personal experimentation). If your TEI encoding experience is rusty, you might want to take a short sample text and try encoding it using your project’s schema, or a generic TEI schema. We’ve put together some encoding practice suggestions and materials which may be helpful.

The institute will include a combination of case studies, presentations, discussion, and hands-on practice. Please come prepared to give a brief (about 15 minutes) presentation on your project and on the specific encoding challenges you’re tackling. (If you’re part of a team, only one team member needs to present.) To facilitate discussion, please focus on the following points:

  • Briefly, what are the overall content, goals, and audience of the project?
  • What are the major encoding challenges and questions for your project at this point? It would be great if you can show specific examples.
  • What disciplinary background, assumptions and approaches inform your encoding?