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1. Summary

  • Now that it's all in TEI XML, what next?
  • Varieties of XML delivery system
  • Some real life examples

2. A reminder: what is XML for?

  • exchanging data
    1. between people
    2. between people and machines
    3. between machines
  • preserving information
    1. independent of particular applications
    2. independent of medium or hardware

But is XML any good as a means of delivering information?

3. What are the options?

  • for delivery:
    • transform into HTML on the server and deliver that
    • deliver XML; use clever client-side processing to handle it
  • for management:
    • the filesystem
    • a content management system
    • a database
  • for tools development:
    • generic digital library solutions
    • LAMP style toolkits
    • roll-your-own solutions

4. Early America's Digital Archive

material
transcriptions of early printed books
organization
library metaphor
technologies
XSLT rendering in the browser; simple search via php
TEI source visible?
Yes, via view source

http://www.mith2.umd.edu/eada/

5. Artamène, ou Le Grand Cyrus

material
Immensely long 17th c. French novel
organization
Hierarchic, down to page level
technologies
Apache+AxKit, Xpathscript, Philologic (for freetext search)
TEI source visible?
yes; also downloadable in HTML, PDF, Word, Ebook for Palm...

http://www.artamene.org/

6. Samyukta Agama

material
multiple recensions from different traditions of the Buddhist Canon
organization
aligned texts for each sutra
technologies
Cocoon, eXist, Xquery
TEI source visible?
yes

http://buddhistinformatics.chibs.edu.tw/BZA/

7. Arnamagnæan Mss Catalogue

material
Detailed manuscript descriptions
organization
independent XML documents, stored in a database
technologies
eXist, PHP, perl
TEI source visible?
no

http://www.am-mss.org

8. Robert Graves' Diary

material
transcriptions, page images, abstracts, annotations
organization
chronologically ordered; search interface
technologies
Cocoon, eXist, Xquery, javascript
TEI source visible?
Yes, plus documentation

http://www.tapor.uvic.ca:8080/cocoon/graves/index.xml

9. Swinburne Archive

material
texts, images, criticism related to AG Swinburne
organization
digital archive
technologies
XTF
TEI source visible?
Yes

http://swinburnarchive.indiana.edu

10. Conclusions

  • Even the simplest of approaches allows you to share your encoding, your analysis
  • The more ambitious your markup, the more sophisticated the possibilities
  • There is a common set of techniques and tools: you don't need to re-invent the wheel
  • TEI XML empowers the data provider: you determine what can be done with your materials
  • We all benefit from the open exchange, availability and licensing of the materials we produce

11. Next...?

Next Dot will provide some concluding thoughts before we move to group discussion on your questions and projects.



James Cummings. Date: 2007-10-31
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