James Cummings | 23 Apr 18:57 2014

Fwd: First Folio, Phase II goes live today


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Subject: 	DH <at> Ox. First Folio, Phase II goes live today
Date: 	Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:03:31 +0000
From: 	Christine Madsen <christine.madsen <at> bodleian.ox.ac.uk>
To: 	digitalhumanities <at> maillist.ox.ac.uk
<digitalhumanities <at> maillist.ox.ac.uk>

Dear colleagues,

Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services is delighted to
announce a new phase of the Bodleian First Folio project

publishing digital texts of Shakespeare's plays. We start with
/Henry V/, which is released
today (http://firstfolio.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/text/).

Drawing on the research of Emma Smith (Hertford College), and in
collaboration with the University of Oxford e-Research Centre,
and IT Services, the digital facsimile
(http://firstfolio.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/) is being enriched by the
serial publication of digital texts of each play. The
XML-encoded plays will allow readers to search, for example
across plays and within a character's speeches, as well as
broadening accessibility to diverse audiences including computer

As with the facsimile images of the First Folio, the XML text
(Continue reading)

Susan Brown | 23 Apr 06:35 2014

tag for embedded mix of folksonomic and controlled vocabulary keywords

Dear TEI folks,

I'm writing to ask your advice on what tag it would make sense to use within the body of a TEI document to indicate a keyword that someone wishes to associate with a particular section of the text. 

We want users contributing collaboratively to the markup of texts to be able to provide their own terms, in addition to referencing established keywords such as Library of Congress Subject Headings if those would work (and we could use two different tags for each of these cases, if that made sense, since one is a controlled vocabulary).

Here's an example of the kind of thing I'm talking about, using a made-up tag. Assume here that the user simply doesn't want to use a LCSH, even though there are lots of reasons that it would be better to do so. Agreed too that it isn't the best application of a keyword. Nevertheless, we want to allow it.

The Digital Harlem project, on the other hand, presents a wide range of information from a variety of sources about everyday life in Harlem between <subjectword "modernism">1915 and 1930</subjectword>.

A tag that was simply inserted rather than applied to a span of text, given the challenge of working around other markup, could conceivably work as well.

Because we want to allow for folksonomic terms, in addition to a fixed vocabulary, what we want to signal here is not exactly indexing per se, although it has something in common with indexing, but something closer to "tagging" in the sense used by Flickr or other social networking sites.

We've searched the guidelines for a tag that would work for this purpose and have not come up with anything.  We don't want to keep a list of the terms used in the header of each document--and we want to allow the list to grow organically as new terms are applied--or restrict the terms to an existing taxonomy, so the <ref> and <keyword> tags don't seem right.

Thanks in advance for your advice,

James Cummings | 22 Apr 12:50 2014

Deadline Extended for NeDiMAH Early-Career Researcher Bursaries for DHOxSS Humanities Web of Data Workshop

Please forward on.
NeDiMAH Early-Career Researcher Bursaries for DHOxSS Humanities
Web of Data Workshop
Deadline now extended until 12 Noon (GMT) on Friday 25 April 2014!


Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS) is one of the
leading international training events in Digital Humanities. It
is for researchers, project managers, research assistants,
students, and anyone interested in Digital Humanities. DHOxSS
delegates are introduced to a range of topics including the
creation, management, analysis, modelling, visualization, or
publication of digital data in the humanities. Each delegate
follows one of our five-day workshops and supplements this with
additional morning parallel lectures. There will also be a
(peer-reviewed) poster session giving delegates a chance to
present their Digital Humanities work to those at the DHOxSS.

This year's DHOxSS will be held on 14-18 July 2014 and the
five-day workshops offered are:

1. Introduction to Digital Humanities
2. Taking Control: Practical Scripting for Digital Humanities
3. Data Curation and Access for the Digital Humanities
4. A Humanities Web of Data: Publishing, Linking and Querying on
the Semantic Web
5. Using the Text Encoding Initiative for Digital Scholarly Editions

The NeDiMAH project has sponsored up to 6 bursaries of up to EUR
500 each for those attending the Humanities Web of Data workshop
in particular (see
http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2014/HumData.html). Applicants
should be early-career researchers in the humanities, and must be
working in participating NeDiMAH countries (see
http://www.nedimah.eu/Contributing-Organisations) and priority
will be given to applicants whose travel costs mean they would
not otherwise be able to attend. ‘Early-Career Researcher’ is
defined as up to five years post-phd (or equivalent).

The DHOxSS will offer an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge
and participate in discussions about a wide range of digital
techniques and research methods, as well as exploring key topics
in depth with leading senior researchers and technologists.

The application form asks for a description (max 250 words) of
how attending the Humanities Web of Data workshop in particular
will benefit your research. Applications are due by 22 April 2014.

For more information see:
http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2014/bursaries.html and for
enquiries email nedimah-bursaries <at> it.ox.ac.uk.

Don't forget our poster session as well see
http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2014/posters.html to apply,
deadline: 1 May 2014.

James Cummings
Director of DHOxSS


Dr James Cummings, James.Cummings <at> it.ox.ac.uk
Academic IT Services, University of Oxford

Dalmau, Michelle Denise | 22 Apr 01:22 2014

Announcing an Updated Version of the Wright American Fiction


The Indiana University Libraries are proud to announce the launch of an updated version of the Wright American Fiction project: http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/wright.

The Wright American Fiction project was conceived in 2000 under the leadership and editorship of Perry Willett, and with active participation from several Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Libraries that contributed to the digitization and encoding of the nearly 3,000 titles in this online collection.  The Wright American Fiction project draws from the comprehensive bibliography compiled by Lyle H. Wright, librarian at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.  Wright listed a total of 2,923 titles in adult fiction, including "novels, novelettes, romances, short stories, tall tales, tract-like tales, allegories, and fictitious biographies and travels, in prose" (from the introduction), and inventoried 18 American libraries for holdings. This compilation is part of his three-volume set listing American fiction from 1774 through 1900, and is considered the most comprehensive bibliography of American adult fiction of the 18th and 19th centuries.  

American fiction was still in its infancy in the years 1851–1875, but this period saw publication of works by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Dean Howells, and Herman Melville. Many of these authors, especially Twain, Harte and Howells, had just begun their writing careers during this period and went on to write their best known work later. However, most of the authors contained in the bibliography are little known. This period - a momentous one in American history - provides the foundation for later American literature, and this digital collection of 2,887 titles allows insight into American literature, culture, and history otherwise unattainable.

The Wright American Fiction project is heavily referenced and often sought for data mining and textual analysis. In continuing support of readers and researchers, the project was recently migrated to ensure ongoing, optimal access to the digital content.  In 2012, the Indiana University Libraries began the migration of the Wright American Fiction project to an updated version of the text encoding, TEI P5, and to a new delivery platform, California Digital Library’s eXtensible Text Framework (XTF). Due to limited resources, functionality, facsimile page image, and text encoding improvements were not actively sought except for those original files that did not include full text as part of the original web site. Optical Character Recognition software was run against these facsimile page images to generate uncorrected OCR. The Wright corpus is now full-text searchable in its entirety, comprised of edited, mid-level encoded texts and unedited, minimally encoded texts.   Bibliographic searching is also possible as is browsing by author, title and publication year indexes.   

To learn more about the technical details surrounding the new web site, please visit the project information page (http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/TEIgeneral/projectinfo.do?brand=wright), where specifics about text encoding and technical implementation are provided.

Or skip the boring stuff and explore the new web site: http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/wright.


Michelle Dalmau, Interim Head
Digital Collections Services
Indiana University
Herman B Wells Library
1320 East 10th Street, Rm W501
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Web:  http://michelledalmau.com
Twitter:  <at> mdalmau
Martin Mueller | 21 Apr 17:28 2014

details about submission procedures

The details about submission procedures have been available at the
Conftool site

Just in case you missed them, I reproduce them below:

Paper: Submission should be made in the form of an abstract of 750-1500
words (plus bibliography). Supporting materials (including graphics,
multimedia, etc., or even a copy of the complete paper) may be uploaded
after the initial abstract is submitted.

Panel sessions will be allocated 1.5 hours and may be of varied formats,

- three paper-panels: 3 papers on the same or related topics
- round table discussion: 5-8 presenters on a single theme. Ample time
should be left for questions & answers after brief optional presentations.

Panel sessions (three paper panels): The panel organizer submits a
proposal for the entire session, containing a 500-word introduction
explaining the overarching theme and rationale for the inclusion of the
papers, together with a 750-1500 words section for each panel member.

Panel sessions (round table discussion): The panel organizer submits a
proposal of 750-1500 words describing the rationale for the discussion and
includes the list of panelists. Panelists need to be contacted by the
panel organizer and have expressed their willingness in participation
before submission.

If you can make the case for your paper in less than 1,500 words, don't
feel obliged to fill up the space. From the reviewers' perspective, less
may be more.

Martin Mueller, Chair, Program Committee
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University

Eberhard von Kitzing | 21 Apr 14:55 2014

Author and witness chains for a quotation

Dear TEIler,

How would I encode in TEI the following text:

"Person B told the author of this text that person A once said: 'some text'"
According to my understanding person A would be the author of 'some text'.

<quote>some text</quote>

But what would be the relation of person B to 'some text'?

The situation could be even extended by:
"Person B told the author of this text that he heard person C reporting that person A once said: 'some text'"
So what would be the encoding of persons B and C in relation to 'some text'?

I tried to find something in the guidelines, but probably did not search with the right key words.
The <witness> tag seems not what I am looking for, but I may be mistaken.

All the best,
Dr. Eberhard von Kitzing
Carl-Zuckmayer-Str. 17
D 69126 heidelberg

Tel.: +49 6221 385129 (zu Hause)
Tel.: +49 241 927880 24 (Arbeit)
Mob.: +49 172 2419568 
FAX: +49 3221 2348315

Martin Mueller | 18 Apr 01:13 2014

Final call for papers for the 2014 TEI Conference

A gentle reminder that the deadline for submitting papers to the 2014 TEI
conference will be April 30. The conference will take place October 22-24
and will be hosted by Northwestern University. It will overlap and share
some programming with the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and
Computer Science that will meet at Northwestern on October 23-24, 2014.
The deadline for submissions will be April 30, 2014.  As in previous
years, we welcome submissions on anything plausibly related to the Text
Encoding Initiative,and as stated in the first call for papers
apers)  we have a special interest in the following topics:

1. The TEI is about text 'encoding', but encoded texts need to be
'decoded' by readers who put the encoding to various uses, increasingly
with the aid of digital tools of one kind or another. What is the
scholarly value added by encoding? What can people do with TEI encoded
texts (and what have they done) that they could not otherwise do or have

2. In 2015 some 25,000 TEI-encoded Text Creation Partnership (TCP) texts
printed before 1700 will be released into the public domain, and another
45,000 texts will be released in the five years to follow, producing by
2020 a deduplicated, structurally encoded, and open source library of just
about every English book printed before 1800. This is a very consequential
event for the documentary infrastructure of Early Modern Studies in the
Anglophone world. It is also an important event for the TEI.

The submissions process will be managed through Conftool at the URL

My apologies for the fact that due to various migration issues the
conference site itself is still very much a work in progress.  I hope it
will be substantially complete by the end of this month.

Martin Mueller
Chair, Program Committee, TEI Conference 2014
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University

DCMI Announce | 17 Apr 23:25 2014

**EXTENDED** CfP: DC-2014 in Austin, Texas - 8-11 October 2014

***Please accept our apology for cross-posting***

14th International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications

8-11 October 2014, Austin, Texas, USA

Conference Website: http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2014

The deadline for submissions to the program for DC-2014 in Austin Texas has been extended by two weeks to 17 May 2014. 

2014 THEME: "Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory"

In addition to submission related to the conference theme, submissions are welcome on any topic addressing metadata models, technologies and applications. Submission describing innovative best practices in metadata are welcome from practitioners as well as researchers and application developers. 

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative's Annual Meeting & International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications brings together individuals representing initiatives working in silos from across the metadata ecosystem to share experiences and best practices and to seek innovative solutions to common problems.


--Peer-Reviewed Papers, Project Reports & Posters

    EXTENDED Submission Deadline: 17 May 2014
    Author Notification: 12 July 2014
    Final Copy: 16 August 2014

--Special & Panel Sessions, Tutorials & Workshops

    EXTENDED Submission Deadline: 17 May 2014
    Author Notification: 1 June 2014

--Best Practice Posters & Demonstrations

    EXTENDED Submission Deadline: 16 June 2014
    Author Notification: 30 June 2014


Conference Chairs:  
--William Moen, University of North Texas - william (dot) moen (at) unt (dot) edu
--Amy Rushing, University of Texas at San Antonio - amy (dot) rushing (at) utsa (dot) edu
James Cummings | 16 Apr 17:51 2014

Re: Possible regression in the latest TEI Stylesheets

On 16/04/14 15:54, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> this all depends on what you think  <at> title on <a> is for in
> HTML. i think you and I are implementing different services
> via  <at> title…..

I wondered what it was originally intended for and so looked up 
one of the earliest versions of the HTML spec to mention where it 

"The link may carry a TITLE attribute which should if present give
the title of the document whose address is given by the HREF
attribute" http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/MarkUp/HTML.html

I don't think either of us are doing that. ;-)

Arguably that means that if you are pointing to a TEI file then 
this should go get the /teiHeader/fileDesc/titleStmt/title[1] or 
/html/head/title or similar.



Dr James Cummings, James.Cummings <at> it.ox.ac.uk
Academic IT Services, University of Oxford

James Cummings | 16 Apr 16:48 2014

Re: Possible regression in the latest TEI Stylesheets

On 15/04/14 18:07, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
>> I've certainly used  <at> ana to point to nested <category>
>> elements in the past. So if I saw markup that looked like:
>  <at> n on <ref> will turn into a  <at> title in current stylesheets. so
> you can override the calculated title.

That's fine and dandy if you want to have lots of inconsistent  <at> n 
attributes around but it still seem desirable also have something 
that was acting like a pointer (what attracted Peter to this 
method I assume) since then when you decide to rephrase that 
target's content you don't have to search and replace for 

But since I know that you'll point out that the TEI-C Stylesheets 
are open source and anyone is allowed to contribute at:
I'll put it on a to do list to implement at some point. ;-)



Dr James Cummings, James.Cummings <at> it.ox.ac.uk
Academic IT Services, University of Oxford

Peter MacDonald | 15 Apr 14:50 2014

Possible regression in the latest TEI Stylesheets

I've just started using the TEI stylesheets (7.12.0beta). In an earlier version of these stylesheets that I was using (files dated 2/4/2010), it used to be that the construction <ref target="#X1"><term>... would render in HTML as a hyperlink with a <at> title attribute containing the TEXT from the corresponding <sourceDesc><list><item xml:id="X1">TEXT</item> construction in the teiHeader.

But with the recent stylesheets, there is no <at> title attribute at all in the HTML rendering.

For example, when I encode something like this:

<ref target="#X12"><term>Sterling</term></ref>

it used to be rendered in the following way -- note the <at> title=

<a class="link_ref" title="Pounds Sterling: the official name for the British pound. The word 'pound' is the English translation of the Latin word 'libra', the unit of account of the Roman Empire, which is why the pound is often initialized to 'lb'." href="#X7X7">
<span class="term">Sterling</span>

However, using the 7.12.0beta stylesheets, namely, "tei/xml/tei/stylesheet/html/html.xsl", the hyperlink no longer has a <at> title attribute, as in this example:

<a class="link_ref" href="#X7">
<span class="term">Sterling</span>

After some digging, I think the relevant file is "stylesheet/common/common_linking.xsl" and the relevant template is "makeExternalLink" template".

In the meantime, I've reverted to using the old stylesheets for projects that were designed for that stylesheet and I guess that's good enough.

I just thought this issue should be mentioned in case it really means something in wrong in the newer stylesheets.


Peter MacDonald
Library Information Systems Specialist
Hamilton College Library
315 859-4493
Skype: pmacdona-hamilton