Elisa Beshero-Bondar | 28 Mar 20:22 2015

Digital Mitford Coding School, May 27 - 31, 2015: 3rd Annual Workshop Series

Dear TEI List,
Please share with any you think might be interested in joining us! This is a great opportunity for people to learn TEI and related coding through hands-on training with materials in an ongoing project.

We are calling for participants and prospective new editors to join us from Wed. May 27 through Sunday May 31, 2015  for the Third Annual Workshop Series (or Coding School) of the Digital Mitford: the Mary Russell Mitford Archive, at http://mitford.pitt.edu. Please join us if you want to learn text encoding methods in Digital Humanities through hands-on participation in a large-scale digital archive project now well underway. We are happy to teach what we know and are learning, and to orient you to coding with hands-on experience on our active project as part of our end-of-May three-day workshop series. 

Our workshops are held at the lovely Pitt-Greensburg campus (http://greensburg.pitt.edu) during the last week of May 2015. We expect people to arrive on  Wednesday May 27 and depart on Sunday. May 31, with our workshops running during the days from Thursday morning May 28 through Saturday evening May 30. We would like to host a special preliminary session for brand-new editors and coders either on Wednesday evening May 27 or Thursday morning (depending on participants' travel times). 

Please share this message with any researcher potentially interested in learning textual scholarship and paleography, digital scholarly edition work, text encoding, and digital humanities methods, as well as people researching 19th-century literature and culture, women writers, or Mary Russell Mitford. Though we draw our active editors from researchers of 19th-century literature, we hope that all who join the Mitford project (whatever their primary research field) will find good resources for professional scholarly research and publication, and gain beneficial experience for individual projects. Joining our workshop leads to a free first-year membership in the Text Encoding Initiative, the international consortium establishing best practices for encoding of digital texts. 

Each year we draw people who are interested in learning to run and manage digital archive projects and to learn TEI XML and related forms of coding. Our workshops are a Coding School, to train our new editors as well as people simply interested in learning to code in order to develop their own projects. We anticipate hosting two kinds of audiences: 1) those who wish to join the Mitford project as active editors, and 2) equally welcome, those who wish to learn our methods to apply them to their own projects. Please note that the second audience must pay a registration fee to participate, but our fee is waived for continuing Digital Mitford editors and those we approve as new editors. More on this below.

  • Discussion of Methods and Best Practices for editing digital scholarly editions, including coding to compare versions of texts (e.g. manuscript vs. print edition of a play or poem)
  • Opportunity to join an active and intensive "dig site" for important data on networks of women writers, theaters, and publishers in the nineteenth century. 
  • Hands-on Learning of Text Encoding, including the following:
    • TEI XML encoding and experience with producing editions of manuscripts, especially of letters 
    • Autotagging and regular expression matching to prepare texts as code
    • Hands-on experience with XPath, a language to navigate XML, particularly helpful in navigating our site index and complex texts
    • Experience in working with code schemas, to ensure consistency and accuracy for multiple editors on a project
    • The use of XSLT to extract and chart information from TEI markup, and to transform and publish TEI for view on the web.
  • Individual and Group Instruction, working with our own Explanatory Guides and Resources developed by the Principal Editor for her students and for the Mitford team. (See http://www.pitt.edu/~ebb8/DHDS/ and scroll to Explanatory Guides.)

First, please send me an e-mail (to ebb8 <at> pitt.edu) by Saturday April 11, 2015, indicating your interest in the MItford Workshops and in what role you wish to participate.  whether as an Active Editor (or Advisor, or member of the Data Visualization Group) or as a Learner interesting in our text encoding methods but pursuing your own project agenda.  

This year, in order to help support the expense of hosting the workshops, we require a registration fee for Learning participants who will not be active editors on the project. The registration fee is waived for ongoing editors and for those whom we approve in advance as new editors on the project. If you wish to join us as a New Editor, we ask you to apply for this position (about which see below). For all others who come to learn our methods, registration fees are as follows:

1) Students, Adjunct Instructors, or Independent Scholars: $60.

2) Full-Time Faculty Members and Librarians: $180.

All registration fees are to be paid by check to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, and are due by mail by May 15, 2015.  Please mail checks to: The Digital Mitford Project, c/o Elisa Beshero-Bondar, U. of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 150 Finoli Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601-5804. (Donations to the project above and beyond this amount are, of course, quite welcome.)

Please note that these fees are quite competitive with workshop rates at other institutions, such as the DHSI. The difference between our Coding School and alternative workshops is that we provide intensive concentration  on XML-based digital archive development of 19th-century manuscripts and related material--connected with the development of a single project, with a project team engaging with challenging questions for our long-range planning. Our coding school offers concentrated experience with the workflow and decisions of a large and very active digital project, and our editors have developed a collaborative tradition of working together to share in the learning process. Thus, people may come to us expecting to learn about the inner operations of a large project in progress, in order to gain (and share) perspective on collaborative project design and development. We offer a concentrated workshop and think tank, facilitated by our collaborative tradition on the Digital Mitford project.. 

If you wish to become an Active Editor on the project for the long-term, and are willing to dedicate time and research to the Digital Mitford project beyond our workshop, to help develop digital editions, write editorial annotations and headnotes, research prosopography data; that is, if you are interested in having your name as a researcher be affiliated with the Digital Mitford project as we grow and develop, we ask that you write an application letter indicating your interest in working with us, and responding to the following questions: 
  • What draws you to editing Mitford's letters and literary texts? 
  • Which of her texts (or what kinds of texts by Mitford) are you particularly interested in helping with? (Letters, drama, poetry, prose fiction, essays, life-writing...?) 
  • The Digital Mitford project is dedicated for the next three years to working on Mitford's letters and published texts from 1810 - 1825. Please indicate if you have a particular interest in Mitford's work from this period in your application. 
Applications may be written in the body of an e-mail message and addressed to me at ebb8 <at> pitt.edu by Saturday April 11, 2015. The Mitford team will review the applications, and waive the registration fee by late April for those best qualified to join as active editors. Depending on the level of response to the workshop and available accommodation space, applications for Active Editor positions may be competitive. 

Our project goals are, as ever, 
  • to produce the first comprehensive scholarly edition of the works and letters of Mary Russell Mitford, and
  • to share knowledge of TEI XML and other related humanities computing practices with all serious scholars interested in contributing to this  project.
To read more about the project design and our editing methods, please read our "About the Project" page: http://mitford.pitt.edu/about.html

As always, we plan to host workshops at three levels:
1) to orient people new to text encoding, and our new editors, consultants (as well as all interested in learning to code and manage digital archives) to our project. If you're new to the project, we will need for you to arrive a little earlier than ongoing editors for orientation to XML. We'll also want a handful of ongoing editors and assistants to help with the first workshops. (Ongoing editors are also always welcome at the early sessions to refresh their coding knowledge.)

2) to bring our current editors, consultants, and advisors up to date on new developments and give us a chance to work together on revising coding guidelines (at http://codebook.mitford.pitt.edu )
and discussing editing issues as well as site design and development

3) to bring specialists in data visualization and XML data extraction together to consult and help design effective and readable network graphs, charts, and maps drawn from our prosopography data collected thus far from our coding, and to advise on reading views and site design for our texts.(We'll find time for these specialists to work on their own, and also to share ideas with the project team). 

  • We will cover the costs of residence in suites (with kitchens and good wireless internet) at the Pitt- Greensburg campus and will arrange for licenses for an extended (90-day) period to use our XML editing software <oXygen/>. 
  • We cannot cover the costs of travel to Pitt-Greensburg, but we can and do coordinate rides from the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Amtrak train stations in Pittsburgh and in Greensburg. 
  • We ask each participant to investigate local funding sources to help cover the costs of travel here. If all else fails, we will happily make it possible for you to attend the workshops through Skype as we have done in previous years, but it's best if we can all be together in person! 

The May 2015 workshops mark the completion of our second full year of project work on Mary Russell Mitford's letters and literary texts. By the time we convene, we expect to have prepared a substantial "test-bed" of coded TEI XML texts representing a cross section of Mitford's letters, drama, and prose sketches from the early 1820s, and from which we have already begun assembling an extensive collection of prosopography information, recording at this point around a thousand named entities, including names of people Mitford knew, fictional characters, locations, and publications. Our project is quite young, so the prosopography data we've accumulated just scratches the surface of what we'll be developing in the next few years.  For those interested in data visualizations, we are currently developing informational graphics, including network analysis graphs and digital maps to help orient readers to our project work and Mitford's significance to 19th-century studies, and our preliminary work is posted here: http://mitford.pitt.edu/visual.html . For this May's workshop, our growing collection of TEI files and prosopography data give us a good foundation on which to develop long-range plans for our project development. We look forward to bringing a large group of people together to learn and consult with us and to share ideas as we set our agenda for next year.

Thanks, everyone, for reading and sharing with interested parties! We look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces at beautiful Pitt-Greensburg at the end of May! Please feel free to write me with any questions in advance of our registration and application due date of Sat. April 11.

Elisa Beshero-Bondar, PhD
Principal Editor: Digital Mitford. http://mitford.pitt.edu

Associate Professor of English
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Humanities Division
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA  15601  USA
E-mail: ebb8 <at> pitt.edu
Stuart A. Yeates | 26 Mar 22:02 2015

Unusual features of the EEBO TEI header

I was reusing an EEBO TEI file as a template for another context and I
noticed a couple of unusual features. I'm not sure whether these are
design features or accidents of history

My working example (picked at random) is

*) The primary identifier within the XML-based system is A00005, but
there is no xml:id="A00005" or similar easily XSLT-matchable attribute
(I was expecting to see it on the root element).

*) There is a complete lack of xml:id  / id tags

*) There is no xml:lang tag covering the textual content in the header

*) The <availability/> tag has a license URL, but doesn't use the
<licence/> tag as the container for it. This is a significant barrier
to automated license detection and thus automated reuse.

*) The <language> tag and xml:lang both use three letter language
codes (I believe that http://tools.ietf.org/html/bcp47 forces us to
prefer two letter language codes where available)

*) The textual content of the header contains a LOT of proper nouns
with corresponding websites, but none are linked using <name/> or

Some of these are probably pretty trivial fixes, if they're
brokenness, maybe they could be considered for the next times the
files are being updated?


...let us be heard from red core to black sky

Elena González-Blanco | 26 Mar 11:36 2015

Call for proposals: 2nd Spanish DH Conference: Asociación de Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas, Madrid, 5-7 October 2015

Apologies for cross-posting

Dear colleagues,

The Spanish Associacion for Digital Humanities: Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas. Sociedad Internacional celebrates its 2nd Conference: “title, Innovation, globalization and impact”, in Madrid, at UNED, from 5-7th October 2015, organized by its Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (LINHD).

The aim of this conference is to promote and broadcast the impact of DH research in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, establishing networks between national and foreign researchers in this field. The call for papers has been just launched and all the information is available at the conference website: www.hdh2015.linhd.es. Proposals on all digital humanities fields are welcome and the deadline to send abstract (to be peer-reviewed) is open till 15th April.

Types of proposals:

-Short paper

-Long paper




Official languages for the conference are Spanish and English, and international participation is especially welcome.


Looking forward to meet you in Madrid (with a tasteful and social agenda included!).


Best regards,


The Organizing Committee


Elena González-Blanco García

Dpto. de Literatura Española y Teoría de la Literatura, Despacho 722

Facultad de Filología, UNED

Paseo Senda del Rey 7
28040 MADRID
tel. 91 3986873

<at> elenagbg 




David Sewell | 24 Mar 20:39 2015

Shapecatcher: resource for identifying Unicode glyphs

Many folks on this list are probably aware of this tool, but a quick search of 
the TEI-L archive shows that it hasn't been mentioned here. If you're wondering 
whether an unfamiliar glyph has a Unicode representation, Shapecatcher can 


It just helped me interpret the old sign for ounces 
(http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/2125/index.htm) which I'd never 
run across before, in a document from 1829.


David Sewell, Editorial and Technical Manager
ROTUNDA, The University of Virginia Press
PO Box 400314, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4314 USA
Email: dsewell <at> virginia.edu   Tel: +1 434 924 9973
Web: http://rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/

Toma Tasovac | 23 Mar 09:50 2015

Summer School on retro-digitising dictionaries

Dear TEIstas,

The ENeL Summer School on Standard tools and methods for retro-digitising dictionaries will be held in Lisbon from July 6 -10.

The deadline for submission of application is March 27.

Classes will combine theoretical instructions on standard tools and methods for retro-digitising dictionaries with practical lessons giving participants the opportunity to work on their own material and to learn which steps are necessary to transform a printed dictionary into a marked-up dictionary as a basis for a database or an online publication.

More information can be found on our website: http://www.elexicography.eu/events/training-schools/lisbon-2015/

We’ll be very grateful if you spread the word among your colleagues and students who are interested in dictionary markup. 

Kind regards,
Toma Tasovac

Toma Tasovac | <at> ttasovac 
Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities
Elli Bleeker | 19 Mar 08:37 2015

Workshop: Digital Text Editing and Knowledge Transfer, May 14th (London School of Advanced Study)

Dear community,

We are pleased to announce a one-day workshop at the University of London School of Advanced Study (SAS) on sharing digital text editing training and teaching methods. The workshop takes place on May 14, 2015 and is organised and endorsed by NeDiMAH, DARIAH-RS, Erasmus +, and the DiXiT Network.

Over the past decades, those active in developing a range of digital scholarly editing practices have built up a large body of knowledge about digital tools and methods that enable the development, presentation, and analysis of digital texts. This has resulted in a wide variety of methods for teaching and training of text editing. However, those who have to adapt quickly to working in a digital scholarly editing environment are often not aware of these different training methods. As a consequence, they might be overlooking available resources, or even re-inventing the wheel.

The event will bring together teachers of digital editing with a group of people who have faced the need to learn more about this area, especially those working in commercial publishing as well as research projects. A number of key practitioners will be invited to discuss the core resources available for text editing, and how expertise can be shared more widely. Specifically, we are looking to see how the experience of those in academia who teach and research text editing can contribute to the development of a core set of training materials for those new to the field, and how we can have better knowledge transfer around digital text editing.

The underlying aim of the workshop is therefore to scope what is already available in terms of training materials, and to develop a methodology to assess different kinds of teaching material. This critical overview will assist the community in the further development of teaching material for text editing. As an output of the workshop, a basic and open curriculum will be developed and published as an online resource by NeDIMAH.

The workshop will be in English and is open to anyone interested in the field of text editing; some previous experience with text editing and/or teaching is required.  

A limited number of travel bursaries are available to postgraduates and early career researchers in countries that are part of the NeDiMAH network. For more information see www.NeDiMAH.eu. If you wish to apply for a bursary please complete the information requested below by April 15.

With kind regards,

Lorna Hughes, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Elena Pierazzo, University of Grenoble
Elli Bleeker, University of Antwerp

Ingrid Reiche | 18 Mar 23:05 2015

Versioning and the Critical Apparatus Question

I have a question about the critical apparatus tag set that I was hoping someone might be able to help me with.

First, I'm encoding various parts of 5 editions  including title pages, prefaces, contents and other parts
of 18th century work.  Is it possible to use <titlePage>  with the critical apparatus and if so how?

More specifically, I'm using the parallel segmentation method with the Versioning Machine and anything I
put in the <front> will not render.  Is there a work around for this? 

I'm tempted to use a <div type="titlePage"> but that seems contrary to the structure of TEI any thoughts? 


Dubnicek, Ryan C | 17 Mar 15:55 2015

Registration Extended: UnCamp 2015

*Apologies for any cross-posting and multiple blasts*

HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp

March 30-31, 2015

University of Michigan Palmer Commons

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Final Call for Registration – Closes 3/19

The UnCamp will have a minimal registration fee of $150 so as to make the Uncamp as affordable as possible for you to attend, while covering meals and venue expenses. Registration will be open until March 19, 2015, and is limited due to venue constraints, with only a few spots remaining.


Follow this link to register: https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1011462

About UnCamp

UnCamp is an event that is part hands-on coding and demonstration, part inspirational use-cases, part community building, part informational, all structured in the dynamic setting of an un-conference programming format. It has visionary speakers mixed with boot-camp activities and hands-on sessions with HTRC infrastructure and tools. This year’s keynote speakers are Professor Michelle Alexopoulos, of the University of Toronto Department of Economics and Professor Erez Lieberman Aiden of the Department of Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine. Read more about Michelle and Erez on the HTRC website.


Additional information, including hotel information and the full UnCamp program, will be posted at http://www.hathitrust.org/htrc_uncamp2015 as it becomes available. Please forward any question to HTRC Executive Assistant, Ryan Dubnicek (rdubnic2 <at> illinois.edu).

DCMI Announce | 16 Mar 23:09 2015

DCMI Webinar: "Approaches to Making Dynamic Data Citable: Recommendations of the RDA Working Group"

******************Please excuse the cross postings******************

DCMI/ASIST Joint Webinar

"Approaches to Making Dynamic Data Citable: Recommendations of the RDA Working Group"

:: Presenter: Andreas Rauber
:: Date: Wednesday, 8 April 2015
:: Time: 10:00am - 11:15am EDT (World Clock: 14:00 UTC http://bit.ly/Webinar-Andreas_Rauber)


Being able to reliably and efficiently identify entire or subsets of data in large and dynamically growing or changing datasets constitutes a significant challenge for a range of research domains. In order to repeat an earlier study, to apply data from an earlier study to a new model, we need to be able to precisely identify the very subset of data used. While verbal descriptions of how the subset was created (e.g. by providing selected attribute ranges and time intervals) are hardly precise enough and do not support automated handling, keeping redundant copies of the data in question does not scale up to the big data settings encountered in many disciplines today. Furthermore, we need to be able to handle situations where new data gets added or existing data gets corrected or otherwise modified over time. Conventional approaches, such as assigning persistent identifiers to entire data sets or individual subsets or data items, are thus not sufficient.

In this webinar, Andreas Rauber will review the challenges identified above and discuss solutions that are currently elaborated within the context of the working group of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) on Data Citation: Making Dynamic Data Citeable. The approach is based on versioned and time-stamped data sources, with persistent identifiers being assigned to the time-stamped queries/expressions that are used for creating the subset of data. We will further review results from the first pilots evaluating the approach. 


Andreas Rauber is Associate Professor at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems (IFS) at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). He furthermore is president of AARIT, the Austrian Association for Research in IT and a Key Researcher at Secure Business Austria (SBA-Research). He is co-chairing the RDA Working Group on Data Citation together with Ari Asmi and Dieter van Uytvanck.

He received his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology in 1997 and 2000, respectively. In 2001 he joined the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Pisa as an ERCIM Research Fellow, followed by an ERCIM Research position at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), at Rocquencourt, France, in 2002. From 2004-2008 he was also head of the iSpaces research group at the eCommerce Competence Center.

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage:
Elena González-Blanco | 16 Mar 22:47 2015

Announcement: DayofDH on 19th May. Save the date!

To all digital humanists or people working on digital humanities projects,


Please, save the date and join us for the annual Day of Digital Humanities that will take place on May 19th, 2015. 


A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is a project looking at a day in the work life of people involved in digital humanities computing. Every year it draws people from across the world together to document, with text and image, the events and activities of their day. The goal of the project is to weave together the journals of participants into a resource that seeks to answer, “Just what do digital humanists really do?"


This year, the event will be hosted on behalf of centerNet at the Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digitales de la UNED (LINHD) in Madrid. For this reason, we want to innovate and make the day more collaborative. We will boost multilingual participation and group cooperative activities.

We are working on the website now, which will be announced soon. If you have any suggestions or ideas in the meantime, please, let us know!




Elena González-Blanco
Gimena del Rio


And all the LINHD team

Twitter: <at> dayofdh and #dayofDH


A todos los humanistas digitales y personas que trabajan en proyectos de humanidades digitales:

Reservad la fecha y uníos a nosotros en la celebración anual del Día de las Humanidades Digitales, que tendrá lugar el 19 de mayo de 2015.

El día de las Humanidades Digitales es un proyecto que busca reflejar la un día en la vida y en el trabajo del humanista digital. Es un evento que cada año atrae personas de los diferentes puntos del planeta para documentar, mediante texto e imágenes, sus actividades. La finalidad del proyecto es unir las contribuciones de los participantes en un único recurso que busca contestar la pregunta de “¿Qué hacen exactamente los humanistas digitales?”

Este año el evento, patrocinado por CenterNet, estará organizado por el Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digitales de la UNED (LINHD) en Madrid. Por esta razón, queremos innovar y hacer el día más colaborativo. Impulsaremos el multilingüismo y la participación grupal en forma de actividades cooperativas.

Ahora mismo estamos ultimando la web, cuya publicación anunciaremos pronto. Si durante este tiempo tenéis ideas o sugerencias para la puesta en marcha del evento, estaremos encantados de escucharlas!

Un saludo muy cordial

Elena González-Blanco
Gimena del Rio


Y todo el equipo de LINHD

Twitter: <at> dayofdh y #dayofDH

DCMI Announce | 16 Mar 19:31 2015

EXTENDED Call for Participation for DC-2015 in São Paulo, Brazil

***Apologies for cross-posting***

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

In response to many requests, the DC-2015 Program Committee has extended the Call for Participation to 11 April 2015. The extended deadlines are now:

Technical Program Deadlines: 
  Peer-Reviewed Papers, Project Reports & Posters
  --EXTENDED: Submission Deadline: 11 April 2015
  --Author Notification: 23 June 2015
  --Final Copy: 28 July 2015

Professional Program Deadlines 
  Special & Panel Sessions
  --EXTENDED Proposal Deadline: 11 April 2015
  --Author Notification: 25 April 2015
  Best Practice Posters & Demonstrations
  --Submission Deadline: 14 July 2015
  --Author Notification: Ongoing

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

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.

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

Conference Chairs:

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

--Mariana Curado Malta, Chair, Program Committee
  CEISE/ISCAP - Polytechnic of Oporto, Portugal
  Algoritmi Center - University of Minho, Portugal

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

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