Scott Vanderbilt (TEI-L | 30 Jul 19:07 2014

Bug in TEI Schema for <relation>?

Before I submit a ticket, I wanted to make sure I'm not misunderstanding 

The Guidelines for section ' Personal Relationships' 
say, with respect to <listRelation> and <relation>:

    These elements are both members of the att.typed class, from which
    they inherit the  <at> type and  <at> subtype attributes in the usual way.

Yet, in fact,  <at> subtype is not available with <relation>. As I read the 
element declaration for <relation>,  <at> type is declared on its own, not 
through its membership in att.typed, as it is for <listRelation>.

So either I am missing something obvious, or there is a bug in the 
schema, or guidelines. I'm hoping the former, since I would really like 
to use  <at> subtype in <relation>.

Could anyone kindly confirm?

Thank you.

James Cummings | 30 Jul 15:57 2014

Job: XML Database Developer for EpiDoc-related project.

*Part-time XML Research Database Developer*
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, 
Grade 7: £29,837 - £36,661 p.a. (pro rata)

The Faculty of Classics seeks to appoint a part-time XML Research 
Database Developer. This is fixed-term for 12 months. We are 
looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong interest 
in Digital Humanities and classical text-editing to build an XML 
Database backed website for publication, analysis, and editing of 
EpiDoc TEI P5 XML documents for the I.Sicily project (0.4 FTE) 
and for the Ptolemaic Egypt project (0.1 FTE).
*We are happy to consider applications from those who would wish 
to work remotely.*

The postholder will design and implement a native XML Database 
application for the online publication, analysis, and editing of 
EpiDoc XML based on open source components; create a testing 
mechanism for the technical infrastructure for resilient 
deployment (and redeployment from backup) of the website; develop 
and maintain the project's technical infrastructure including XML 
Database installation and basic Linux server systems 
administration; and work closely with the IT Consultant and 
project PI in strategically designing and developing the 
infrastructure to ensure both reliable behaviour and potential 
for future expansion of the project.

The successful candidate will have relevant experience of higher 
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Laurent Romary | 30 Jul 15:34 2014

Computational Linguistics; Semantics: Post Doc, INRIA, Palaiseau, near Paris, France

Sent on behalf of/envoyé de la part de Gregory Grefenstette <>

University or Organization: INRIA 
Job Location: Palaiseau, near Paris, France 
Job Title: Inducing Semantic Dimensions for a Personal Information Platform

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Semantics 

Required Language(s): English (eng)


About Inria 
Public science and technology institution established in 1967, Inria is is the only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, Inria's 3,400 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future.

The principal mission of the postdoctoral candidate is to find new ways of inducing taxonomies and semantic dimensions from user generated and user captured personal data, integrating textual, quantified, geolocalized, image, sound and video data. The postdoc will also assist the TRACES team in developing algorithms and technology for creating a platform for private, personal information management.

The postdoctoral researcher will perform the following work
- Implement recent taxonomy/ontology induction algorithms, adapting them to the problem of personal information (see references below), applying them to personal data contributed by TRACES team members, evaluating results, and present their results in an international conference or workshop
- Aid TRACES members in the construction of a private personal information platform based on open source information retrieval systems (Lucene/SolR)
- Discover and adapt existing open data taxonomies to the platform
- Study how GPS information and other quantified personal data can be integrated into and augment the personal semantic structures induced from textual sources

Olena Medelyan, Steve Manion, Jeen Broekstra, Anna Divoli, Anna-Lan Huang, and Ian H. Witten (2013): Constructing a Focused Taxonomy from a Document Collection, ESWC 2013
Treeratpituk, Pucktada, Madian Khabsa, and C. Lee Giles. "Graph-based Approach to Automatic Taxonomy Generation (GraBTax)." arXiv preprint arXiv:1307.1718 (2013).
Cimiano, Philipp, and Johanna Völker. "Text2Onto." Natural language processing and information systems. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2005. 227-238.

Skills and profile
- PhD must have been obtained in 2013 or 2014
- Experience with natural language processing (e.g., Stanford Parser)
- Experience with ontologies/taxonomies (e.g., MeSH, FreeBase)
- Experience with classification algorithms
- Familiarity with dealing with large, noisy data sets
- Experience with web crawler, information retrieval systems (e.g., Lucene/Solr/ElasticSearch)
- Desire to produce functioning end-to-end systems, life-scale live demos
- Scientific rigour
- Imagination

- Duration: 12 months
- Salary: 2.621 euros gross monthly

Additional information
Place of work: Plateau de Saclay

Security and Defense procedure
In the interests of protecting its scientific and technological assets, Inria is a restricted-access establishment. Consequently, it observes special regulations for welcoming foreign visitors from outside of the Schengen area. The final acceptance of each candidate thus depends on applying this security and defense procedure. 

Application Deadline: 30-Jun-2014 

Contact Information:
Gregory Grefenstette 
Fabian Körner | 29 Jul 14:38 2014

Reminder: CFP Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin 2014/15

Dear TEI-L,

we would like to remind you that the deadline for submissions of
abstracts to the Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin 2014/15 is set on
Friday, 01 August 2014 at midnight (CET).

We are also pleased to announce that Prof. Charlotte Roueché (King’s
College London) will give the opening keynote of this year’s series on
Tuesday 14 October at 18:00 cum tempore at the TOPOI Building in Dahlem.

We would be grateful if you could forward this reminder to colleagues
and students who might be interested. Please refer to the original CFP
below for details or visit our website:


Best wishes,
Fabian Körner on behalf of the Organising Committee.

[with the usual apologies for cross-posting]

(German version below)


CFP: Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the third series of
the Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin [1]. This initiative, inspired by
and connected to London’s Digital Classicist Work in Progress Seminar
[2], is organised in association with the German Archaeological
Institute and the Excellence Cluster TOPOI. It will run during the
winter term of the academic year 2014/15.

We invite submissions on any kind of research which employs digital
methods, resources or technologies in an innovative way in order to
enable a better or new understanding of the ancient world. We encourage
contributions not only from Classics but also from the entire field of
"Altertumswissenschaften", to include the ancient world at large, such
as Egypt and the Near East.

Themes may include digital editions, natural language processing, image
processing and visualisation, linked data and the semantic web, open
access, spatial and network analysis, serious gaming and any other
digital or quantitative methods. We welcome seminar proposals
addressing the application of these methods to individual projects, and
particularly contributions which show how the digital component can
facilitate the crossing of disciplinary boundaries and answering new
research questions. Seminar content should be of interest both to
classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, as well as to
information scientists and digital humanists, with an academic research
agenda relevant to at least one of these fields.

Anonymised abstracts [3] of **300-500 words max.** (bibliographic
references excluded) should be uploaded by **midnight (CET) on 01
August 2014** using the special submission form [4]. Although we do
accept abstracts written in English as well as in German, the
presentations are expected to be delivered in English (when submitting
the same proposal for consideration to multiple venues, please do let
us know via the submission form). The acceptance rate for the first two
seminar series was of 41% (2012/13) and 31% (2014/15).

Seminars will run **fortnightly on Tuesday evenings (18:00-19:30)**
from October 2014 until February 2015 and will be hosted by the
Excellence Cluster TOPOI and the German Archaeological Institute, both
located in Berlin-Dahlem. The full programme, including the venue of
each seminar, will be finalised and announced in September. As with the
previous series, the video recordings of the presentations will be
published online and we endeavour to provide accommodation for the
speakers and contribute towards their travel expenses. There are plans
to publish papers selected from the first three series of the seminar
as a special issue of the new open access publication from TOPOI [5].

[3] The anonymised abstract should have all author names, institutions
    and references to the authors work removed. This may lead to some
    references having to be replaced by “Reference to authors’ work”.
    The abstract title and author names with affiliations are entered
    into the submission system in separate fields.


CFP: Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin

Wir freuen uns, hiermit den Call for Papers für die dritte Reihe des
Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin im Wintersemester 2014/15 bekannt
geben zu können [1]. Diese Seminarreihe orientiert sich an dem Digital
Classicist Work in Progress Seminar [2] in London und wird vom
Deutschen Archäologischen Institut und dem Excellenzcluster TOPOI in
Berlin veranstaltet.

Sie sind herzlich dazu eingeladen Beiträge einzureichen, welche die
innovative Anwendung moderner digitaler Methoden, Ressourcen und
Techniken in den verschiedensten Bereichen der Altertumswissenschaften
thematisieren. Die Vorträge können beispielsweise folgende
Themenbereiche adressieren: digitale Editionen, Technologien zur
maschinellen Sprachverarbeitung, Bildverarbeitung und Visualisierung,
Linked Data und Semantic Web, Open Access, Raum- und Netzwerk-Analyse
sowie andere digitale oder statistische Methoden. Insbesondere werden
Vorschläge begrüßt, aus denen hervorgeht, wie dank der Anwendung
digitaler Methoden fachübergreifende Fragen beantwortet werden können.
Die im Seminar präsentierten Inhalte sollten sowohl Philologen,
Historiker und Archäologen als auch Informationswissenschaftler und
andere Personen mit wissenschaftlichem Interesse an den genannten
Fragestellungen ansprechen.

Anonymisierte Vorschläge [3] im Umfang von **300-500 Wörtern**
(bibliographische Angaben ausgenommen) können bis spätestens
**Mitternacht (MEZ) am 1. August 2014** über die unten genannte
Webseite hochgeladen werden [4]. Die Zusammenfassung der geplanten
Vorträge in können in deutscher und/oder englischer Sprache eingereicht
werden, jedoch sollen die Vorträge in englischer Sprache gehalten
werden. Bitte teilen Sie uns im Online-Formular mit, ob der gleiche
Vortrag bereits bei anderen Veranstaltungsreihen oder Konferenzen
eingereicht wurde. Die bisherige Quote von akzeptierten Vorschlägen lag
2012/13 bei 41% und 2013/14 bei 31%.

Die Seminare werden von Oktober 2014 bis Februar 2015 **alle 14 Tage
jeweils dienstags um 18.00 - 19.30 Uhr** in den Räumen des
Excellenzclusters TOPOI und dem DAI in Berlin-Dahlem stattfinden. Das
vollständige Programm wird im September bekannt gegeben werden. Wie in
den vergangenen Jahren werden die Seminare aufgezeichnet und als Videos
online bereitgestellt werden. Die Vortragenden sollen so weit wie
möglich bei der Finanzierung ihrer Reise- und Unterkunftskosten
unterstützt werden. Nähere Informationen dazu werden bei der
Veröffentlichung des Programms mitgeteilt. Außerdem ist geplant,
ausgewählte Beiträge der ersten drei Seminarrreihen in einem Band der
neuen Open Access Reihe von TOPOI zu veröffentlichen [5].

[3] Die anonymisierte Kurzbeschreibung des geplanten Vortrages sollte
    keine Angaben zu Autor(en), Institution(en) und zugehörigen
    Publikationen enthalten. Sofern auf eigene Publikationen verwiesen
    wird, sollte dies nur durch die allgemeine Referenz “Publikation
    des Verfassers” erfolgen. Der bzw. die Autorennamen und die
    institutionelle Zugehörigkeit werden zusammen mit dem Titel des
    Vortrags durch separate Felder des Online-Formulars erfasst.

Andrew Jewell | 28 Jul 18:29 2014

CFP for Scholarly Editing essays

This is just a brief reminder that there is still time if you wish to submit to Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing for the 2015 issue. We will continue to receive submissions for essays on the theory and practice of scholarly editing until September 15, 2014. Please see the full call for papers below.

Amanda Gailey and Andrew Jewell
Co-editors, Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing (


Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing welcomes submissions of articles discussing any aspect of the theory or practice of editing, print or digital. Please send submissions via email to the editors and include the following information in the body of your email: 1) Names, contact information, and institutional affiliations of all authors; 2) Title of the article;  and 3) Filename of article. Please omit all identifying information from the article itself. Send proposals as Rich Text Format (RTF), MS Word, or PDF; if you wish to include image files or other addenda, please send all as a single zip archive. For questions of style and citation format, please consult the current edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Please, no simultaneous submissions. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.
Scott Vanderbilt (TEI-L | 25 Jul 21:15 2014

Marking Up Anonymous Omitted Person References

I'm in the process of producing a digital edition of a corpus of 
inscriptions using EpiDoc. For prosopographical purposes, all persons in 
this corpus will be uniquely identified.

When the person is named in whole or in part, this is simply handled 
with <persname>.

When the person is not named, but there exists some other text that can 
be marked up, either as a lacuna (<gap>) or an indirect referenced 
(e.g., 'the wife of...'), I apply the <rs> tag with  <at> ref pointing to the 
applicable entry in the metadata database.

However, I have a few instances where are persons, the existence of whom 
can only be inferred from context, i.e., there is no surviving text in 
the inscription to which I can apply <persName> or the <rs> as described 
above. An example would be a funerary inscription such as:

    D(is) M(anibus) | Iuliae Castae | coniugi vix(it) | ann(os) XXXIII

Clearly Julia Casta has left behind a bereaved husband, whom I intend to 
represent in the prosopography as an anonymous entry. But without any 
explicit text to mark-up, I'm at a loss as to how to proceed.

The only solution I can think of is an empty tag, along the lines of:

    <rs type="person" ref="#person1234" role="coniunx"/>

I'm sure this constitutes some form of tag abuse, but I'm grasping at 
straws here.

The same issue would apply, I suppose, to any entity that needs to be 
identified and externally accessible, e.g., places, organizations, etc.

Many thanks for your advice.

Syd Bauman | 25 Jul 08:50 2014

characters in P5

I generated a character count for the source of P5. No, I don't mean
'character' as in "Shylock is a character in _The Merchant of
Venice_", nor do I mean 'character' as in "that TEI Council Chair is
quite a character"; rather, I mean 'character' as in "Unicode

See if

Pierazzo, Elena | 24 Jul 18:05 2014

TEI Members Meeting, 2015 : call for bids

Dear Community,

Arrangements for this year's annual TEI Members' Meeting, to be hosted by Northwestern University, in Evanston Illinois, October 22–24, 2014 are now well in hand. (see for details). The TEI Board is now therefore  starting the planning process for next year's meeting, to be held some time in the autumn/fall of 2015.

The TEI's annual get-together is the gathering point for the TEI community. It offers an opportunity to meet colleagues, learn about new projects, share research, and find out about new developments in the TEI. Originally structured around an annual TEI business meeting and election, the event has  expanded to include a full academic conference program with peer-reviewed papers, posters, tool demonstrations, and meetings of TEI special interest groups. It is also an excellent opportunity for businesses and other organisations in the Digital Humanities community to reach active researchers through sponsorship and other support activities.

The meeting has been held every year since 2001. For a full list of venues and links to former conference websites see 

Although the site of the meeting has typically alternated between Europe and North America, this not a fixed rule. Proposals from other parts of the world are always welcome,  in particular from areas where new TEI communities are arising.

The meeting generally attracts between 100 and 200 attendees, with a programme combining plenary lectures by invited speakers, round-table discussions, and paper sessions. There is always a plenary business meeting of the membership, and a meeting of the Board. Meetings of active TEI Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are also held.

The TEI Consortium underwrites direct costs of the conference and meeting up to a maximum of US$5200, recoverable as far as possible from registration fees. A small conference registration fee should be charged; for the last few years this has not exceeded $120. Bids to host the meeting should include a budget indicating likely costs and how they will be recovered. The Hosting Organization is expected to seek additional funds from local institutions, commercial sponsors, and other organisations. 

Institutions considering making a proposal are invited now to contact the TEI Board as soon as possible (info <at> for preliminary discussion. Formal  bids should be submitted by 1 September 2014 so that a decision can be taken in advance of the Members meeting this year, at which the selected Host site will be invited to make a brief presentation. 

Bids should include the following information:

  • The name of the institution(s) making the bid

  • The name, address, email, and telephone number of a contact person

  • A brief description of the facilities available for the event (rooms, equipment, technical support, food)

  • An indication of what financial support, if any, the hosting institution is prepared to give (for instance, sponsoring one or more receptions or pre-meeting workshops; payment of travel expenses for one or more plenary speakers; etc.)

  • Any other details that may be useful in assessing the bid (e.g. the presence of a conference on a related topic at the institution around the time of the meeting; the launch of a new TEI-related initiative at the institution, etc., ideas for a particular theme or focus).

In submitting bids, local organisers are encouraged to be creative: the TEI is keen to ensure that the meeting will reflect local interests and strengths. The Board will nominate a Chair of the Programme Committee who will work with the Local Organizer to ensure smooth running of the Conference.

Further information about the Annual Meetings is available at

Elena and Lou
Dr Elena Pierazzo
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5RL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1949
elena.pierazzo <at>

Sharon K. Goetz | 23 Jul 22:55 2014

<rdg>s that go on and on

The TEI Wiki's page for the Critical Apparatus workgroup[1] and a few isolated messages to this list have observed that it's difficult to encode structurally complex <rdg>s. Is there an active proposal for accounting for structurally complex <rdg>s, and if not, where is the best place for depositing a couple of examples/use cases? One example, from an award-winning print edition (1993), has a <lg> interrupting some prose within one <rdg>; the corresponding <lem> is a single word.

How have others resolved the issue, meanwhile? I'm dragging my feet about adding <lg> and <p>-or-<ab> to <rdg>.


p.s. While researching, I've come upon several declarations that hardly anyone uses double-endpoint method for textual apparatus. does, and does it by hand, with <anchor/> at the start and <app from=""> at the end of each lemma. I believe that credit for it goes to Andrea Laue, circa a decade ago.

Andreas Trianta | 23 Jul 18:37 2014

approximating person or place functionality for -ie- objects


how would you go about
- [a]marking references of objects (or flora and fauna, or concepts for that matter) in a way similar to persons, organizations or places
- [b] organizing a catalog like list of said objects in a similar manner as that achieved with 
> person
>> persName
>> trait
>> event

for [a] i know we could use <rs type="object">

in the case of [b] however <list> seems to be quite limited compared to the more specific listPerson etc

thanks :)

Sent from Boxer |
Christian Schwaderer | 22 Jul 09:02 2014

Which TEI element for text paraphrasis/re-use?

Hi all,

I'm planning to edit a text whose author re-wrote older texts in his  
own words (we know that process as 'réécriture'). I want to tag this  
paraphrasis/re-use in the XML document and I'm wondering whether I  
should use my own tags (whithin an own namespace) or a TEI element for  
this purpose.

For each source usage whithin each paragraph I need three bits of  
information to be encoded:
- which source text was used? (Being an ID)
- how much of the source text was used? (Being an integer between 0 and 100)
- how much of the source text was omitted? (Being an integer between 0  
and 100)

So, the first solution (my own tags) would look like this:


    <tei:p>(A singe text paragraph of about two sentences)</tei:p>

	<own_namespace_prefix:dependence source="text1" range="70" omitted="30"/>
    	<own_namespace_prefix:dependence source="text2" range="30"/>


But if there is a TEI element capapble of these needs I would prefer that.
However, I don't know which TEI element to use. Can you recomment any?

A colleague has pointed me to interpGrp and interp. But I'm not quite  
sure this is sementically right. Other than that: Which attributes can  
I use for "range" and "not-included"?

Thanks for some advice 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>