Text Encoding for Humanities Scholarship, Northwestern University

Tuesday, January 13

9:00 Welcome and introductions

9:30–10:30 Session 1: What are digital research materials? (JF)

This introductory session will include presentations and discussion to 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?

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10:30–10:45 Break

10:45–11:15 Session 2: About the TEI (JF)

This session will provide some background on the TEI and its role as a community standard in the digital research landscape, including issues of:

  • Mission and impact
  • Scope
  • How it affects us

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11:15-12:30 Session 3: Basics of XML (SB)

This session will introduce the basic concepts of XML.

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12:30–1:30 Lunch

1:30–2:30 Session 4: Basics of TEI markup (JF, SB)

In this session we'll go over the basics of TEI markup, looking at simple encoding examples, and then doing hands-on practice encoding sample texts (or texts brought by participants) using templates provided.

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2:30–3:00 Break

3:00–5:00 Session 5: Hands-on practice

Wednesday, January 14

9:00–10:00 Session 6: 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

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10:00–10:30 Break

10:30–12:00 Session 7: Hands-on practice

12:00–1:00 Lunch

1:00–2:30 Session 8: 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

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2:30-3:00 Break

3:00–4:30 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.

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4:30–5:00 Session 10: Questions and discussion

Thursday, January 15

9:00–12:00 Session 11: Hands-on practice and CSS (SB)

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12:00–1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Session 12: Metadata and contextual information (SB and JF)

This session will include presentations and discussion of the TEI methods for representing contextual information, such as biographical, bibliographic, or geographical context.

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2:30–3:00 Break

3:00-3:45 Session 13: Project management (JF)

This session will include presentation and discussion of some of the significant issues in developing and managing scholarly text encoding projects, including:

  • funding and sustainability
  • staff and work flow
  • institutional location and disciplinarity

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3:45–4:00 Wrap up (JF)

  • What are the next steps?
  • Resources available
  • Final questions

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