DCMI Announce | 20 Dec 13:17 2014

DC-2015 website and call for participation now open

*Apologies for cross-posting*

Metadata and Ubiquitous Access to Culture, Science and Digital Humanities

DCMI 20th Anniversary International Conference & Annual Meeting
September 1-5, 2015 — São Paulo, Brazil

The Conference website and the call for participation for DC-2015 are now open.

Conference Website: http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2015
Call for Participation: http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2015/cfp

Abstract: The need for structured metadata to support ubiquitous access across the Web to the treasure troves of resources spanning cultures, in science, and in the digital humanities is now common knowledge among information systems designers and implementers. Structured metadata expressed through languages of description make it possible for us to 'speak' about the contents of our treasure troves. But, like all human languages, our languages of description both enable and isolate. The push to break out of the isolation of the metadata silos in which professionals inevitably design, implement and manage metadata in order to discover the intersections of our treasure troves drives much of today's discourse and emerging practice in metadata. The emergence of massively integrated Web presences such as Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) along with the reshaping of public access globally through mechanisms such as Linked Data and schema.org drive our conversations, our excitement, and our fears.


Technical Program Deadlines: 
  Peer-Reviewed Papers, Project Reports & Posters
  --Submission Deadline: 28 March 2015
  --Author Notification: 23 June 2015
  --Final Copy: 28 July 2015

Professional Program Deadlines 
  Special & Panel Sessions
  --Proposal Deadline: 28 March 2015
  --Author Notification: 25 April 2015
  Best Practice Posters & Demonstrations
  --Submission Deadline: 14 July 2015
  --Author Notification: Ongoing


Join us in São Paulo, Brazil

Each of the past 20 years, the metadata community has gathered for DCMI's conference and annual meeting. The work agenda of the DCMI community is broad and inclusive of all aspects of innovation in metadata design, implementation and best practices. While the work of the Initiative progresses throughout the year, the annual meeting and conference provide the opportunity for DCMI "citizens" as well as newcomers, students, apprentices, and early career professionals to gather face-to-face to share experiences and knowledge. In addition, the gathering provides public- and private-sector initiatives beyond DCMI that are doing significant metadata work to come together to compare notes and cast a broader light into their particular metadata work silos. Through such a gathering of the metadata communities, DCMI advances its "first goal" of promoting metadata interoperability and harmonization. This year, the annual meeting and conference are being hosted by the Universidade Estadual Paulista--São Paulo State University (UNESP) and held in São Paulo, Brazil.

--Universidade Estadual Paulista--São Paulo State University (UNESP)
--Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)


--Plácida Santos, Professor
  Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Brazil

--Silvana Borsetti Gregorio Vidotti, Professor
  Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Brazil

--Flávia Maria Bastos, CGB Coordinator
  General Coordination of Libraries
  Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Brazil

--Mariana Curado Malta
  CEISE/ISCAP - Polytechnic of Oporto, Portugal
  Algoritmi Center - University of Minho, Portugal
Syd Bauman | 19 Dec 20:11 2014

list subscription problem fixed

--------- confessions of a bad list owner ---------
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Executive summary
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Since September subscription requests to many TEI lists, including
TEI-L, have not been processed due to an error (on my part). The
error has been rectified. If you or anyone you know has tried to
subscribe to a TEI list unsuccessfully, please try again.

EEK! My abject apologies ...

Back in September my Brown.edu e-mail address ceased to exist. (My
alumni.Brown.edu address still functions, but it only does mail
forwarding.) That evening I spent about an hour going through the ~30
lists I run at Brown changing my e-mail address in each configuration
file. For reasons I do not (and never will) know, those changes only
took effect for some lists. For the majority, the owner e-mail
address remained my old, now defunct Brown.edu address.

A few weeks later a colleague from down under contacted me and asked
what was going on. I started poking around a bit, but with the TEI
meeting in October and then the TEI Council meeting in November, I
*completely* forgot about it until early this week when James C. and
Kevin H. gave me a virtual bonk on the head.

So for months now, any errors, subscription requests, etc., for this
list and many (but not all) of the SIG lists have gone into the big
bit bucket in the sky. This week the Brown list master and I spent
some time trying to figure out what, if anything, we could do to
recover at least the subscription requests during that time. Sadly,
LISTSERV does not keep the e-mail address of a subscription request
that comes in over the web. (Only those that come in over e-mail.)

So I was able to subscribe 2 of the dozens of people who requested to
join this list since the problem began. So, if you know anyone who
tried unsuccessfully to subscribe to a TEI list, please deliver my
sincere apologies and ask that they try again.

You may think that heads should roll for a screw-up of this
magnitude. If so, or if you're a TEI power broker stressing over
cutting Syd's head off, there's good news. For years now the TEI has
toyed with trying to get all TEI lists be served from one place. (We
have lists on at least 5 servers.) Under the stewardship of our new
webmaster, Kevin Hawkins, this effort is moving forward. He and I are
in (entirely unrelated) conversation about moving the Brown set of
TEI lists. So if all goes well, by early January all the TEI lists
hosted at Brown University (and thus run by me) will be hosted at
TEI-C instead. So if you wait 2 weeks, I may be stepping down without
any bloodshed :-)

Birnbaum, David J | 19 Dec 18:19 2014

"waiting letters"

Dear TEI-L,

I'm currently examining a poetic/musical manuscript that has illuminated
letters at the beginning of verses. In some instances the original scribe
seems to have written a very small, thin version of the letter in the
margin, apparently to alert the rubricator that an illuminated letter is
required in that place (it looks nothing like a normal letter in the
manuscript). I'll refer to this as a "waiting letter." I've identified
four possible representations, all of which occur in the manuscript, and
I'm curious about whether there is an established best practice for
representing them:

1. No letter is present. This one is easy; either omit it or use
<supplied> to . . . well . . . supply it.
2. Only the illuminated letter is present. <hi rend="illuminated">.
3. Only the waiting letter is present; the rubricator either overlooked it
or never got around to completing his work. Perhaps <hi rend="waiting">,
with documentation in the header of what the value "waiting" means.
4. The illuminated letter is present, but it doesn't cover (sometimes
completely, sometimes at all) the original waiting letter. Perhaps I wrap
<choice> around the #2 and #3 options above.

Before I make up a solution, if anyone has encountered this situation
before, how have you represented it?



Radu Coravu | 17 Dec 09:14 2014

TEI Facsimile Oxygen XML Editor Plugin


At the DIXIT camp that took place in Gratz, Alex Jitianu (a lead 
developer from Oxygen XML Editor) had a presentation on how to develop 
Oxygen plugins for TEI. The sample plugin that we presented was intended 
to help people working with TEI digital facsimiles. The idea was to 
offer a side view in which an user could load an image and:
- see the marked areas (all the zone elements from a TEI document)
- draw new areas over the image and copy them into the editor

The reason for this email is that we published the source code of that 
plugin as open source on Git. Since the time we presented it we did 
manage to work a little more on it (mainly suggestions received from the 
DIXIT audience) but there are still a lot of things to improve. If 
anyone is interested in testing it (and giving us feedback on what it 
could be improved) or contributing to it (it will require Java skills), 
here is the link from where you can get it:


The README.md file should provide instructions on how to install and use 
the plugin. The plugin is compatible with Oxygen version 15 or later.

We look forward for any feedback you may have.


Radu Coravu
<oXygen/>  XML Editor, Schema Editor and XSLT Editor/Debugger

Bauman, Syd | 16 Dec 17:59 2014

David R. Chesnutt

Readers of this list may be saddened to learn that David R. Chesnutt, an important participant in the development of the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines, a pioneer in the development of electronic documentary editions, and a longtime member of the executive committee of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, has died at the age of 74.

David was for 35 years a research professor in history at the University of South Carolina, serving for many of those years as Associate Editor and later Editor of the Papers of Henry Laurens.

He was a tireless worker in the service of documentary editing and spent many years helping documentary editors come to terms with information technology. His work appears to have been appreciated: over the years, the Association for Documentary Editing gave David almost all of the awards it makes: the Distinguished Service Award (together with Charles Cullen) in 1985, “to acknowledge the assistance that they provided to other editors making the transition to new computer/ word processing technology”; in 1990, the Lyman H. Butterfield award “for his selfless service to the profession and to the ADE as president-elect”; in 1995, the Julian P. Boyd Award “in recognition for his lifetime contribution to understanding the American past through documentary editing as teacher, mentor and scholar.”

I first met him (if memory does not deceive me) when South Carolina hosted the International Conference on Computers in the Humanities in 1987, and came to know him better through the TEI, which began that November with a planning meeting at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. David was one of 31 signatories to the resulting Poughkeepsie Principles, which defined the scope and goals of the TEI; later, he served on the TEI’s Text Representation committee. As a representative of ACH, he was also present at the meetings in Chicago in 1999 that made the decision to form the TEI Consortium and pass responsibility for maintaining the Guidelines to them.

In 1995, he invited Susan Hockey and me to join him and a group of several historical documentary editions in exploring the possibilities for electronic delivery of such editions. The resulting Model Editions Partnership collected samples from a variety of editorial projects, some of them traditional letterpress editions, some of them image-based (microfilm and/or CD-ROM) and created a web portal for them. The original portal at the University of South Carolina is no longer in service, but after it died, some of the original data was recovered and has been made available in a slightly different interface at http://modeleditions.blackmesatech.com/mep/.

David’s quiet demeanor, marked southern accent, and deliberate speech may have led some to underestimate his intelligence and drive. But he moved the Laurens papers to word-processing and electronic type-setting at a time when exploiting information technology for editorial projects did not mean choosing wisely from among the existing array of commercial and open-source software suitable for the purpose, but hiring a programmer and developing with them a program for managing back-of-the-book indices (and later, a generic markup system for typesetting the edition). Not work for the clueless or the timid.

The TEI and its users, American document editors, students of American history, and digital humanists are all in his debt.

— C. Michael Sperberg-McQueen

Christian Schwaderer | 16 Dec 15:39 2014

Point to printed parts of a text

Dear all,

I'm encoding a chronicle containing several letters all of which I've  
wrapped in a tei:floatingText element.
Since the 18th century, the letters (not the chronicle as a whole)  
were printed several times in several compilations of historical  
For each of those books/editions I've created a tei:bibl element  
inside of one tei:listBibl.

Now, I'd like to encode which letter is where in which edition. Of  
course, I could do that in an instructered way inside a tei:note  
element (whether in the tei:floatingText indicating in which books  
this particular letter is included in, or inside the tei:bible  
elements the other way round: Which letters do they contain?).
However, how would a more structed approach look like? In other words,  
is there an element like:
<tei:is_included_in which_book="#id_of_book" where="p. 120"/>

Thanks and best regards


Dr. Christian Schwaderer
(Akademischer Mitarbeiter)

Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Philosophische Fakultät
Fachbereich Geschichtswissenschaft
Seminar für mittelalterliche Geschichte
Wilhelmstraße 36 (Hegelbau)· 72074 Tübingen · Germany
Zimmer 212
Telefon +49 7071 29-72990· Telefax +49 7071 29-5905
christian.schwaderer <at> uni-tuebingen.de

Frederike Neuber | 16 Dec 14:33 2014

IDE meets DiXiT Spring School 2015 – Advanced XML/TEI technologies

Dear TEI community,


(Apologies for cross-posting)


We are very pleased to announce the Spring School on Advanced XML/TEI technologies for Digital Scholarly Editions organized and endorsed by the the Institute for Documentology and Digital Editing (IDE) and the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT). The spring school will be run and held at the at the Centre for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Graz from 13th to 17th April 2015.


The spring school is directed to participants with previous experience in XML/TEI editing who would like to involve themselves more intensively with the creation of digital scholarly editions based on the international encoding standard XML TEI P5. Besides addressing specific issues and use cases of text encoding, the participants will be trained what to do with the data once the encoding is done and how to process it further until the publication on the WWW. To this end the teaching will strongly focus on XPath, XSLT, HTML and CSS as technologies for the web publication of digital scholarly editions.

Since the level of this spring school is advanced, previous knowledge of TEI practices is not only recommended but necessary for participation.


The lectures will be held by experts from the field of Digital Scholarly Editing, related to the DiXiT network or the IDE (James Cummings, Franz Fischer, Ulrike Henny, Frederike Neuber, Torsten Schaßan, Martina Semlak, Magdalena Turska, Gunter Vasold, Georg Vogeler). Tara Andrews (Univ. of Bern) has agreed to give a keynote.

The School will cover the following areas:


  • issues when working with XML TEI P5 (to be proposed by the participants)
  • customization of the TEI schema
  • creating web pages with HTML/CSS and JavaScript and JQuery
  • transforming the TEI XML with XSLT/XPath
  • publishing frameworks for digital scholarly editions
  • use cases for research on and with digital scholarly editions


The IDE-meets-DiXiT Spring School on Advanced XML/TEI technologies for Digital Scholarly Editions is open to interested scholars anywhere in the world with previous experience in digital scholarly editing with the TEI. As the course will strongly focus on practical exercise, we can accept only applications which can bring own material for the exercises. All teaching will be in English.


The course offers 20 positions. Participants will be required to arrange their own accommodation and travel to Graz. The participation fee will be 100 EUR. A limited number of bursaries will be available for the participation fee, travel and accommodation in particular for participants from less developed countries and from Eastern Europe.


Application closes on 10st February 2015 and early registration is highly recommended.

For the application we need from you


  • your name, address, e-mail, institutional affiliation (if applicable)
  • a short description of your project
  • this online questionnaire

If you want to be considered for the bursary please give indicate

  • approximate amount for travel and accommodation expenses
  • do you need a reduction on the participation fee?
  • academic status (graduate student, PhD student, PostDoc, fully trained scholar, other)


Please send your application and any question you have to dixit <at> uni-graz.at

We will publish further information on the school at http://www.i-d-e.de/aktivitaeten/schools/spring-school-2015




Frederike Neuber






Frederike Neuber

DiXiT - Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network


Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung

Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities

Universität Graz

A-8010 Graz | Merangasse 70


eMail: frederike.neuber <at> uni-graz.at

tel.: +43 (0)316 380 - 8014

Web: dixit.uni-koeln.de | informationsmodellierung.uni-graz.at


Martin de la Iglesia | 16 Dec 10:28 2014

msPart for enclosures and attachments?

Dear list

Not being active in the Correspondence SIG myself, I was just wondering 
whether any progress has been made in the issue of "How to deal with 
enclosures or attachements to a letter", which is listed as a "topic 
currently under discussion" in the Correspondence SIG section of the TEI 
Wiki (<http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php/SIG:Correspondence>).

I've been thinking about using <msPart> to describe such enclosures. 
Although the <msPart> examples in the Guidelines point in another 
direction entirely, the element definition ("contains information about 
an originally distinct manuscript or part of a manuscript, now forming 
part of a composite manuscript.") seems to fit, more or less. Any 
objections, anyone?



Martin de la Iglesia
Metadata and Data Conversion

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Göttingen State and University Library
D-37073 Göttingen

Papendiek 14 (Historical Building, Room 1.206)
+49 551 39-14070 (Tel.)
+49 551 39-3468 (Fax)

mdelaig <at> sub.uni-goettingen.de

David Sewell | 15 Dec 18:00 2014

[SEDIT-L] David R. Chesnutt ( 1940-2014) (fwd)

Forwarding this notice, which I'm sure will sadden TEI old-timers who worked 
with David at some point.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:45:57 +0000
From: Martha J. King <mjking <at> PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: [SEDIT-L] David R. Chesnutt ( 1940-2014)

It is with heartfelt  sadness that I share this obituary of David Chesnutt from his wife Wiz Dow.  David's passion
and vision for embracing new technologies to unleash the full potential of documentary editions was beyond
I am personally indebted to him for his introduction to the world of documentary editing. A fine gentleman,
  Southern scholar,  and mentoring editor, he will be deeply missed.

Martha King
SEDIT-L list manager

* * * * *

David Rogers Chesnutt, 74, died of throat cancer at home in Hardwick, Vermont on
December 15, 2014.

Born in Athens, AL in 1940, the son of Thomas Brice Chesnutt and Lena (Moss)
Chesnutt, he earned degrees from the University of Alabama, '62, Auburn University, '67, and
the University of Georgia, '73.

Chesnutt spent 35 years as Research Professor in the History Department at the
University of South Carolina where he served as Associate Editor and then Editor of the Papers
of Henry Laurens, a 16 volume collection of the letters of the leader of revolutionary activity in
South Carolina during the American Revolution. Laurens, a former president of the Continental
Congress, participated in the negotiations which led to the peace of Paris, 1783, which brought
the war to an end. Chesnutt was one of the founding members of the Association for
Documentary Editing, in the late 1970s, and he served as its President, 1991-1992.
In the mid 1970s, Chesnutt started to apply computers to scholarship in the humanities
when he developed the first program for creating a back-of-the-book index. In the 1980s and
1990s he worked with a small group of scholars from the US and Europe to develop the Text
Encoding Initiative (TEI), a protocol for publishing humanities documents on the infant World
Wide Web. His work in what is now called digital humanities culminated in the Model Editions
Partnership which demonstrated five different ways in which fully edited documentary editions,
such as the Laurens Papers, could be served up on the Web.

For 23 years, Chesnutt served as a member of the South Carolina Historical Records
Advisory Board. In 2005, Governor Mark Sanford presented him with the Order of the Palmetto,
South Carolina's highest civilian honor for extraordinary lifetime achievement and service to the
state and nation.

Chesnutt owned a small desk-top publishing business which published scholarly books,
and, for more than 35 years, he edited and published Manuscripts, the journal of the Manuscript

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Dow, of Hardwick, VT, his son, James, daughter-inlaw
Allison Narver and granddaughter Kate, of London, England, twin daughters, Catherine of
New York City, and Elizabeth of Columbia, SC, brothers Thomas B., of St. Petersburg, FL, and
Samuel W. of St. Helena Island, SC, sister Carol B., of Birmingham, AL, and six nieces and

He was a southern gentleman in the best sense of the word: genteel, sympathetic, kind,
generous, and wise. A memorial service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in
his name should go to Hardwick Historical Society, PO Box 177, Hardwick, Vermont 05843 or
the Manuscript Society, 14003 Rampart Ct., Baton Rouge, LA 70810, or the Association for
Documentary Editing, c/o Ondine LeBlanc, ADE Treasurer, Massachusetts Historical Society,
1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215.

Pierazzo, Elena | 11 Dec 13:07 2014

Symposium: Toward a new social contract between publishers and editors

Dear All,

Apologies for cross-posting, but I thought that his might be of interest for some in our community, given the high rate of (digital) editors!

Toward a new social contract between publishers and editors
26 January 2015, Maison de Science de l’Homme – Alpes, Grenoble
NeDiMAH, the Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities, is delighted to announce this one-day seminar, which will bring together publishers and scholarly editors in order to discuss how best to produce digital editions which are at the same time both economically viable and in keeping with scholarly standards.
In the pre-digital world, publishers and editors normally collaborated: the editors would produce the edition, following the guidelines provided by the publishing house, which for its part would take care of marketing and distribution, as well as essential scholarly services such as peer review. Digital scholarly editions, on the other hand, tend to be self-published by scholars within their own universities, most often without any connection with a publishing house – an arrangement which is hardly sustainable, for various reasons, and often not available to younger researchers producing their first editions and without access to suitable funding. At the same time, publishers are increasingly engaging with the digital, in particular in connection with tablet distribution. But the majority of such eBooks are generally not up to the standards expected by the scholarly community: in many ePubs, for instance, basic features such as footnotes are a luxury – to say nothing of a proper critical apparatus. How can be we best address these issues, to the mutual benefit of all involved parties – editors, publishers and the scholarly public?
Elena Pierazzo (University “Stendhal” Grenoble 3, France)
Matthew Driscoll (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Confirmed speakers:
Marjorie Burghart (EHSSE, Lyon, France)
Caroline Macé (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Hilde Bøe (Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway)
Espen Ore (Oslo University, Norway)
Gabriella Ravenni (University of Pisa, Italy)
Manuel Portela (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Brad Schott, Brambletye Publishing
Pierre-Yves Buard, Presse Universitarie de Caen
Rupert Gatti, Open Books publishers, Cambridge
Pierre Mounier, Open Editions
If you are interested in participating, please send an email to Andrea Penso at the following address by the 16th of January: andrea.penso <at> u-grenoble3.fr
Registration is free but obligatory.

Elena Pierazzo
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
King's College London
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
26-29 Drury Lane

Professor of Italian Studies and Digital Humanities
Bureau F307
Université de Grenoble 3 'Stendhal'
BP 25 38040 Grenoble Cedex 9
Tel. +33 4 76828032

Sikora, Uwe | 11 Dec 12:37 2014

textcritical markup of whole divs

Dear TEI-List,


i am working on a critical edition of a 18th century typographic text itself existing in differing editions.

The project works with the premise of one base text (chosen by preference of the responsible editors) and wishes to provide additional markup of varying readings from other editions.

Most of the variants are easy to mark up via <app>, <rdg> & co. but now I came across the situation that one edition (not being the base text) contains a chapter not present in the base text. It seems that  <app> / <rdg> etc. are not able to cope with that situation since their content-models can not contain <div> / <head> etc. (maybe there is a good reason why?). Anyway it seems somewhat impractical to me to provide whole chapters as “alternative readings” in  the context of a critical apparatus.


I wonder if someone knows of a best-practice approach or have some suggestions in that manner; maybe this topic was already discussed?

Preemptively I apologize for maybe reopening older debates. By the way: My aim is not changing the content models of <app> or <rdg> or of any other TEI-element so that the digital edition is (in a hard sense) conformant  to the TEI resp. the TEI-ALL scheme.


An exemplary abstraction:



   <!-- First Chapter in the second edition, not present in the Base Text. -->




   <!--First Chapter in the Base Text, which corresponds to the second chapter of the second edition. -->




   <!--Second Chapter in the Base Text which actually corresponds to the third Chapter of the second edition -->





Thanks in advance for any suggestion, hint etc.

Uwe Sikora