Sebastian Rahtz | 18 Nov 00:04 2014

dealing with obscure characters in Unicode

When processing the EEBO TCP texts, there are distinguished quite a few characters which
are perfectly ok, but way beyond the  typical coverage of editors or browsers.

Such a one is a symbol for distilled vinegar, see

(eg in SGML <ITEM><HI>Di&s;tilld Vinegar.</HI> &vinedist; &vinedist;</ITEM>)

So how do we deal with this beast?

* The purist me wants to just manage this as as &#x1f70b;
* The  cautious me wants to cover the bases and manage it as <g ref=“#vinedist”>&#x1f70b;</g>
* The pragmatic me (channelling the experienced TCP editors) wants to manage it as <g
ref=“#vinedist”>vinegar distilled</g>

What would _you_ all like to see, if you were accessing a set of XML files from the TCP? I am _not_
talking here about what you’d expect to see in a web page  or epub, which is a different story.
Sebastian Rahtz      
Director (Research) of Academic IT
University of Oxford IT Services
13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN. Phone +44 1865 283431

Não sou nada.
Nunca serei nada.
Não posso querer ser nada.
À parte isso, tenho em mim todos os sonhos do mundo.

Susan Schreibman | 15 Nov 11:50 2014

Issue 7 Journal of the TEI

Colleagues -- I am delighted to announce that Issue 7 of the Journal of 
the Text Encoding Initiative is now available from the the Journal's site,

Entitled 'Reaching Out, Opting In, this issue was based on an open call 
for papers. The four articles in this issue deal with several meta 
concerns of the community and make for provocative and thoughtful reading.

It also marks the last issue that I have overseen as Editor-in-Chief of 
the Journal. I thank all of you, as authors, reviewers, and guest 
editors who have worked with the Journal editors to make it such a 
success. I also thank my fellow editors who have been a pleasure to work 
with and who have worked tirelessly for the Journal.

John Walsh is taking over from me as Editor-in-Chief. I wish him the 
very best. I am sure under his leadership the Journal will go from 
success to success.

with all best wishes




Susan Schreibman
Professor of Digital Humanities
Director of An Foras Feasa
Iontas Building
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Louis-Dominique Dubeau | 14 Nov 21:55 2014

Announcing wed: a web-based open source XML editor providing validation and guided editing

Dear List Members,

A long while back I asked the list about open source web-based XML
editors. I got a few leads, evaluated them and found that they did not
do what we needed for our Buddhist Translators Workbench (BTW) project.
So we  developed our own solution: wed. It stands for "Web EDitor". (The
inspiration fairy was out sick that day.) It is web-based, 100% open
source, and provides validation and guided editing of XML documents. The
software is at a beta stage right now.

The set of features it has and the features it does not have is
currently *heavily* determined by the needs of the BTW project. For
instance, while wed will be utterly fine editing a document that defines
various namespaces on the top element, it is likely to bomb if you give
it a document that redefines namespaces mid-document. This is because
BTW has a need for the former but not the latter (right now). The latter
**is** on the TODO list for wed.

You can find the documentation here:

** Demos **

There are two demos available. Both demos use a TEI schema that imports
the modules: tei, core, textstructure and header. Wed can absolutely
handle other schemas but the demo itself does not have an interface to
load other schemas right now. The documentation common to the two demos
is here:

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Kevin Hawkins | 14 Nov 21:31 2014

looking for crosswalks between TEI headers and other metadata formats


One suggestion that arose during the face-to-face meeting of the SIG on 
Libraries during the TEI conference in Evanston was to create an 
inventory of crosswalks (mappings) between TEI headers and other 
metadata formats.  I've started a page in the wiki:

and I welcome your additions to this page!  If you have your own 
crosswalk and need a place to share it, consider adding it to the wiki 


Sharon Webb | 13 Nov 13:11 2014

DPASSH 2015 Call for Papers | June 25-26, 2015 | Dublin, Ireland

Hi all, 

This may be of interest to people on the list:

*Call for Papers*

We are pleased to release the Call for Papers for our upcoming international conference: Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities: “Shaping our Legacy: Safeguarding the Social and Cultural Record”. 

Details below and also available here:

Apologies for cross posting but please disseminate widely. 

Submission deadline is 26th January 2015.

Kind Regards,

The DPASSH Organising Committee


Call for Papers: DPASSH 2015 

The 1st Annual conference on Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities: “Shaping our Legacy: Safeguarding the Social and Cultural Record” hosted by the Digital Repository of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

25-26th June 2015

 On the last day of June of 1922, the western block of Dublin’s Four Courts exploded, engulfing the Irish Public Record Office in flames. As smoke billowed from the eighteenth-century construction and the fire brigade struggled to bring the flames under control, debris fell onto the surrounding Dublin streets, and the Irish Times reported that a priceless library was left in ashes. The fire, caused by the outbreak of the Irish Civil War, hit at the heart of government records, destroying hundreds of years of Irish history that had been housed centrally since the 18th century. A few days after the fire, the Provisional Government issued a notice asking citizens to return to public custody any and all of the burned fragments of the public record that had “blown to other districts.”

 In the current digital age, our social and cultural record is also at risk, but its degradation occurs over time. Instead of burning rapidly, digital records are threatened by a slow-burning fire that can go undetected as a result of insufficient data management practices. Additionally, the preservation of our digital social and cultural heritage is subject to domain- and community-specific requirements. These issues demand that we reflect critically on the purpose of digital preservation, and ask fundamental questions about how requirements should shape our practices. Similar to the public appeal in 1922, we are looking for public, academic and industry engagement on the issue of digital preservation, to help identify the fragments that have been, or are in danger of being lost, as well as to build the digital preservation strategies that will shape and safeguard our public record.

To address the complexities of long-term digital preservation in the social and cultural realms, we are hosting the first Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DPASSH 2015) conference, titled “Shaping our Legacy: Safeguarding our Social and Cultural Record.” The conference will take place on June 25-26, 2015 at Croke Park, in Dublin, Ireland, and will include international keynote speakers, networking, expert panels, peer-reviewed papers, and posters.

 Submissions are invited from all sectors and perspectives (academics, researchers, students, industry, cultural heritage institutions, preservation infrastructures, etc.) for a variety of presentation formats that critically reflect on all areas relating to digital preservation in the humanities and social sciences, arts, and cultural heritage sectors.

 Conference themes include but are not limited to:

 • Cultural Responsibility & Preservation: critical reflections on preservation, challenges in choosing what to preserve, digital curation, digital stewardship, archiving processes.

• People & Preservation: stakeholder engagement, community approaches, partnership building, education & training, knowledge transfer.

• Policy & Preservation: advocacy, national approaches, sustainability, open access, open data.

• Sharing & Preservation: content curation, contextual information and metadata, aesthetics of preservation, sharing of research data, user tools, crowdsourcing.

• Technology & Preservation: Technical challenges posed by datasets in arts/humanities/social sciences, digitisation vs. the born digital record, preservation infrastructures, software and tools.

• Trust & Preservation: TDRs, provenance, authenticity, certification, security, data protection, copyright, licensing.

Important Details: 

- Submission Deadline: 26th January 2015

- Notification of outcome: 30th March 2015

- Full papers due: 25th May 2015

- All abstracts will be peer reviewed, and accepted papers will be published as conference proceedings.

- All submissions must be made through the conference website:

- Abstract Length: Long papers: 400-500 words; Short papers: 200-300 words; Posters: 50-100 words

- Final Paper Word Length: Long papers: 3000-5000; Short papers: 1500-2000

- Questions: Dr. Natalie Harrower, Chair of the Programme Committee: n.harrower <at>


Kind regards


Dr. Sharon Webb

Knowledge Transfer Manager, DAH

Digital Repository of Ireland, 

Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, D. 2.

PH: 00353 1 609 0696

Alexander, Mary | 12 Nov 15:29 2014

TEI-C website is down

Reporting that the website is down. 





Mary S. Alexander

Metadata Librarian/Associate Professor

Cataloging and Metadata Services Dept.

Box 870266

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487


malexand <at>

voice: 205-348-1490

fax: 205-348-6358



Laurent Romary | 12 Nov 14:48 2014

Listing journals (bibStruct with single <series>)

Hi all,
I am trying to encode a list of scientific journals with their basic properties: title, publisher, ISSN,
various keywords and classifiers, etc. My intuition would lead me to use biblStruct with series as a
single child, which is obviously not allowed. Is there an alternative or should not we allow this?
By the way, series does not allow publisher as a child, which is also a hindrance…
Thanks for your wisdom,
PS: I want it structured, so answers in the direction of <bibl> are not my favorite ones :-}
stuart yeates | 10 Nov 08:31 2014

Marsden video from Otago University

The University of Otago have released a video about their TEI-using 
Marsden project. See /


Daniel O'Donnell | 10 Nov 05:30 2014

Force2015: The Future of Scholarly Communication Conference. Dec. 12-13, 2015 Oxford. CFP deadlines: Nov. 15 Abstracts; Dec. 1 posters. Significant student funding available.

Hi all,

The following conference may be of interest to people on this list. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and the Moore and Sloan foundations, there is significant student funding available.

FORCE2015 CONFERENCE (12-13 January, Oxford; CFP deadline Nov. 15 (abstracts); Dec. 1 (posters)).

The FORCE2015 Research Communication and e-Scholarship Conference brings together researchers, scholars, librarians, archivists, information scientists, publishers, and research funders in a lively forum – to broaden awareness of current efforts across disciplines, but also to define the future through discussions, challenge projects, demonstrations, and the seeding of new partnerships and collaborations. Individually and collectively, we aim to bring about a positive change in scholarly communications through both the effective use of information technology and a deeper understanding of the nature of evolving scholarly practice.

The FORCE2015 conference will be held 12-13 January, 2015, at the University of Oxford, UK.  On the preceding day, 11 January 2015, there will be workshops, informal and formal collaborations, and business meetings associated with the main conference.

There are two themes for abstracts:

  • Valuing the diversity of scholarly impact in a networked world
  • Credit where credit is due

There are also opportunities to propose pre-conference workshops.

Force11 (The Future of Research Communication and eScholarship) was founded in 2011 to promote research in scholarly and scientific communication. It functions as a meeting ground and community of interest and practice for researchers across disciplines and sectors who are interested in the future of scholarly communication. A highlight of the meeting is the "$1k challenge"--a microgrant competition in which community groups propose ideas for $1k seed money grants.

Although the initial membership of Force11 drew heavily from the natural and life sciences, it is now broadly interdisciplinary and inter-sector. Its membership includes humanists, social scientists, natural and life scientists, librarians, funders, and commercial and non-profit publishers and publishing professionals. It is particularly interested in expanding its membership in mid- and low-income economic regions and in further developing its activities within humanities and social science publishing.

It is also a very welcoming group. If you or your students have ideas for papers or poster on scholarly communication activity, please consider submitting an abstract to the conference. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the Moore and Sloan foundations, there is also significant money available to support student participation.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!


-- From my Ubuntu notebook Daniel Paul O'Donnell Professor of English University of Lethbridge Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4 Canada +1 403 393-2539
Kevin Hawkins | 9 Nov 18:04 2014

finding tools (was Re: Re: Question about TEI editor and tools for humanists)

I'm glad that so many tools have been suggested in this thread.  I 
encourage anyone using a tool that works well with TEI to create a page 
-- or improve an existing page -- on it in the TEI wiki:

I am particularly keen to see pages created for tools that have built-in 
support for TEI.

We have a section dedicated to editors:

and even a table comparing editors:

but it might be worth creating a new table of "author-mode editors", 
WYSIWYG editors, or whatever you're preferred term is for this category 
of tools that hide angle brackets.


Kevin Hawkins | 8 Nov 17:14 2014

TEI-C website currently down

Just a quick note to say that your newly appointed TEI webmaster (me) is 
aware that the site is currently down and is consulting with the 
webmaster emeritus (David Sewell) on the source of the problem.  Hope to 
have it back up soon.  Pardon in the interruption in service.