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1. Introduction

This workshop is part of the Digital Humanities Observatory's 'Digital Scholarly Editions Spring School' hosted in conjunction with the Moore Institute.

This workshop is intended for absolute beginners, most likely with no experience of textual markup of any sort, who want an introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines (TEI). Very basic computer literacy (email, word processing) will be assumed. The course will provide an introduction to the concept of markup in the production of scholarly digital editions. It will teach the basics of encoding in XML (Extensible Markup Language) and a general overview of the TEI Guidelines. Introductory lectures and demonstrations surveying a wide range of TEI modules will be balanced by practical exercises following step-by-step instructions intended to familiarise attendees with the basic techniques of creating an electronic scholarly XML-encoded text. While this course will provide a survey of the TEI Guidelines, specific recommendations will be treated in less depth than in the other, more specialized, workshops.

2. Course Structure

The times of each lecture in the course aren't written in stone and we will go as fast or as slow as students need, adapting as necessary. However the structure we will attempt to follow the structure below:
  • 10:00 - 11:00: Lecture 1
  • 11:00 - 11:30: Coffee Break
  • 11:30 - 12:30: Lecture 2
  • 12:30 - 13:00: Practical Exercise
  • 13:00 - 13:30: Lecture 3

2.2. Day 2: Tuesday 14 April, 2009 -- Metadata

Lecture 1:
The TEI Header (or PDF)
Lecture 2:
Manuscript Description and Facsimile (or PDF)
Exercise: Describing a Manuscript in TEI XML (or PDF)
Lecture 3:
Marking Up Images (or PDF)

2.3. Day 3: Wednesday 15 April, 2009 -- Transcription and Pointing

Lecture 1:
Transcription and Critical Apparatus (or PDF)
Lecture 2:
Names / Dates / People / Places (or PDF)
Exercise: More TEI Editing (or PDF)
Lecture 3:
Pointing, Linking, and Stand Off Markup (or PDF)

2.4. Day 4: Thursday 16 April, 2009 -- Corpora, Genres, and Glyphs

Lecture 1:
Analysis, Speech, and Linguistics (or PDF)
Lecture 2:
Verse, Drama, and Dictionaries (or PDF)
Exercise: Even More TEI Editing (or PDF)
Lecture 3:
TEI, Unicode, and Non-standard Characters (or PDF)

2.5. Day 5: Friday 17 April, 2009 -- Using the TEI

Lecture 1:
Documenting TEI Customisations (or PDF)
Lecture 2:
Exploring the TEI Community (or PDF)
Using Roma (or PDF)
Lecture 3:
Conclusions and Group Discussion (or PDF)

3. Reading

3.1. Required Reading

3.2. Optional Reading

4. Course Materials

There is a booklet which combines many of these materials, including the slides of the talks and all exercises, are made available here for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The workshop materials are also temporarily available in a rather large zip file at http://tei.oucs.ox.ac.uk/2009-04-galway.zip. If you do use the materials, please also tell us as well!

James Cummings. Date: April 2009
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