Frederike Neuber | 28 Jan 15:01 2015

Reminder: Spring School on "Advanced XML/TEI technologies for Digital Scholarly Editions"

Dear TEI family, friends, and fellows,

the applications for this year’s Spring School on “Advanced XML/TEI technologies for Digital Scholarly Editions” organized by the Institute for Documentology and Digital Editing (IDE) in cooperation with the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network DiXiT and the Centre for Information Modelling are still open until 10th February 2015.

The spring school will be run at the at the Centre for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Graz (Austria) from 13th to 17th April 2015.

If you have some previous experience in digital editing with XML/TEI and want to join our workshop, take a look at:





Frederike Neuber

DiXiT - Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network

Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung

Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

A-8010 Graz | Elisabethstr.59

 eMail: frederike.neuber <at>

tel.: +43 (0)316 380 - 5772

Web: |

Peter Boot | 28 Jan 12:13 2015

Economic sustainability of digital editons: job in The Hague

The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands has a vacancy for a Research Fellow (Early Stage
Researcher), in Long-term business models in dissemination and publishing (1.0 fte)

The fellow will work within the EU-supported Marie Curie Initial Training Network DiXiT
( involved in the creation and publication of digital scholarly
editions. The appointment is for 26 months and the position is to be filled as soon as possible. The
researcher will be based at the Hague (the Netherlands). EU regulations to promote international
mobility require eligible candidates not to have worked or lived in the Netherlands for more than 12
months over the last three years. 
The researcher will investigate the competing demands faced by digital scholarly editions: on the one
hand the need for financial sustainability w.r.t. exploitation and maintenance, and on the other hand
the general interest of the scholarly community in open access. Digital editions are usually created
based on project funding, limited in time. After funding runs out, they need to be hosted, administered
and maintained into an indefinite future. Is there a conceivable business model for the digital
scholarly edition that will help the edition pay for its own maintenance while maintaining open access?

The research project includes secondments in Italy and the UK. 

Position requirements
- Master in a humanities field (e.g. Literary Studies, History) and a proven interest in business
administration, or a master in business administration and a proven interest in the humanities
- Active interest in digital publication
- Affinity with information technology 
- Fluent in English 
- Some knowledge of Dutch is an advantage but not a requirement; learning Dutch is encouraged
- Willing to reach out to and collaborate with national and international colleagues in related research disciplines
- See also the eligibility requirements at, the vacancy for
Early Stage Researcher 10.  

For the complete job description and instructions on how to apply, see

(Please circulate widely)

Hugh Cayless | 27 Jan 14:52 2015

Symposium on Cultural Heritage Markup

Dear all, 

I'm going to be chairing the symposium announced below and would love it if we could turn it into a really good, deep discussion of what we've done right, what we're doing wrong, and how cultural heritage markup (or its equivalents) can be made better in the future. Heretics and True Believers welcome! --Hugh

Cultural Heritage Markup:
Using Markup to preserve, understand, and disseminate cultural heritage materials
a Balisage pre-conference symposium

Monday August 10, 2015
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD, USA

Markup and markup technologies are used in a wide variety of cultural heritage projects by linguists, students of literature, librarians, historians, curators, and others. Markup is used behind the scenes in archives, libraries, and museums to create and store metadata and the textual content of a wide variety of materials both textual and artefactual. We want to know how you or your project are using markup to preserve, analyze, disseminate, or curate materials of long-term value to society.

Balisage is an excellent venue to discuss both theoretical and practical questions. Is cultural heritage markup essentially different from industrial markup? Is it inherently more heterogeneous, more complex? Are “industrial” tools like XML and HTML really appropriate for cultural heritage materials? How well will standards like TEI and EAD serve us as technology progresses? We dedicate this day to discussion of the challenges and possibilities of markup technologies used in the preservation of our cultural heritage and its transmission to future generations.

We welcome proposals to present at the Symposium. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

        • Representing heterogeneous materials
        • Data modeling to support scholarly research
        • Building for the long term, even after the money has run out
        • Using/repurposing tools that weren’t designed for the kind of thing you’re doing
        • Is XML really appropriate for representing texts of scholarly interest?
        • Is XML really appropriate for representing metatdata about non-textual artefacts?
        • What does it mean for cultural heritage texts to be interoperable? Is it desirable? Is it possible?
        • Shared tag sets. Do shared markup vocabularies (e.g., TEI, EAD, LIDO, CDWA) do more harm than good?

Full papers should be submitted by 17 April 2015. All papers are peer-reviewed — we pride ourselves that you will seldom get a more thorough, skeptical, or helpful review than the one provided by Balisage reviewers.

Key dates:
- 27 March 2015 — Peer review applications due
- 17 April 2015 — Paper submissions due
- 17 April 2015 — Applications for student support awards due
- 22 May 2015 — Speakers notified
- 17 July 2015 — Final papers due
- 10 August 2015 — Symposium on Cultural Heritage Markup
- 11–14 August 2015 — Balisage: The Markup Conference

For more information: info <at> or +1 301 315 9631

          Balisage: The Markup Conference
     There is Nothing As Practical As A Good Theory

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2014          mailto:info <at>
August 5-8, 2014                     
Preconference Symposium: August 4, 2014                +1 301 315 9631
You are subscribed as philomousos <at>
EasyUnsubscribe or manage your settings
or EasyUnsubscribe by email
  markupconference-announce-cunsub-1gxvt07wwd-471805-100-bl2351 <at>
--~-- | 27 Jan 00:05 2015

how should <constraintSpec scheme="xsl"> be used in ODD?


For the authoring package of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initative 
I'm further investigating the incorporation of Schematron rules into ODD 
<constraintSpec> elements. Our external ISO Schematron file makes use of 
a couple of XSLT snippets to declare variables and keys that can be used 
in Schematron tests (simplified):

   <schema xmlns=""
     <ns prefix="tei" uri=""/>

     <xsl:key name="ids" match="*" use=" <at> xml:id"/>
     <xsl:variable name="straight.quotes">['"]</xsl:variable>

       <rule context="tei:ref[ <at> type eq 'bibl']">
         <assert test="key('ids', substring-after( <at> target, '#'))/self::tei:bibl">
           A bibliographic reference must point to an entry in the bibliography.

       <rule context="text()">
         <report test="matches(., $straight.quotes)">
           Don't use straight quotes.


I believe both patterns can't be expressed in regular Schematron 
(without help of XSLT):
     -there's no xsl:key equivalent in Schematron for efficient 
processing (instead, the Schematron spec explicitly allows the use of 
<xsl:key>, see Annex C on p.21 of the PDF in
     -since Schematron's <let name="" value=""/> element doesn't allow 
text content, I don't see a way to define a regular expression that can 
be used to match straight single and double quotes

As I'm finding my way in <constraintSpec> and friends, I've stumbled 
upon <constraintSpec scheme="xsl">, which 
defines as a legal constraint language within ODD. Yet, I couldn't find 
any more information or examples. Could it be intended for constructs like:

       <xsl:variable name="straight.quotes">['"]</xsl:variable>


When this ODD snippet is transformed into a RelaxNG schema with the TEI 
stylesheets, only the literal string content of this <constraintSpec> 
survive: ['"], which of course is unusable.

Am I misunderstanding completely how  <at> scheme="xsl" works, or even why I 
think I need help of XSLT in the first place? If anyone has suggestions 
for expressing above Schematron in ODD, this would be of great help.




Ron Van den Branden

Technical Editor
jTEI  - Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative

Michelson, David Allen | 26 Jan 23:34 2015

Marking URIs and Keywords

Dear Colleagues,

A colleague and I are working on a TEI document where we need to mark up each Div element with both a URI (in the form of a URI that is also a resolvable URL such as and a keyword (as defined elsewhere in the document using the classDecl in the document’s header). 

Our first inclination is to use either the element or attribute “ref” but according to the guidelines element these are not allowed directly in the div element. What elements or attributes would be recommended instead?

We are looking for some help with best practices for this. Could you please advise on both questions?

Thank you,
Andrew Jewell | 26 Jan 19:40 2015

ADE/STS Conference Website

Dear Colleagues:

A website for this summer's joint conference of the Association for Documentary Editing and the Society for Textual Scholarship is now available for those who want information about lodging, the schedule, lovely Lincoln, and more. You can find it at We will, of course, continue to update it as details are finalized.

And, don't forget, proposals are due Friday! CFP below.


Andy Jewell

- - - - - - - - - - - 

Call for Papers – the Joint Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship and the Association for Documentary Editing




University of Nebraska-Lincoln, June 17-20, 2015

Program Organizers: Andrew Jewell, Amanda Gailey, Elizabeth Lorang, Kenneth M. Price

Deadline for Proposals: January 30, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Jerome McGann

The Society for Textual Scholarship and Association for Documentary Editing announce a historic joint conference of the two organizations to be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an international hub for digital editing. Home to the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and numerous print and digital editing projects, UNL is located in the capital of Nebraska and offers opportunities for exploring the history and geography of the Great Plains.

This special joint conference will bring together two organizations with a history and future of interests in studying and editing literary and historical materials. We invite proposals on any aspect of documentary editing and textual scholarship, including (but not restricted to) the discovery, editing, annotation, analysis, teaching, and publication of texts from many disciplines, including history, literature, classics, musicology, philosophy, paleography, codicology, linguistics, art history, the history of science, library and information science, film studies, gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies, and more. We invite proposals from students.

Because this is a unique joint meeting of the two organizations, we are especially interested in submissions on the theme of convergences and divergences—papers that examine how different editorial theories and methodologies at times intersect and at others veer apart. What are the histories and possible futures of the two related but distinct editorial traditions of ADE and STS? We see this conference as an opportunity for reflection about editorial traditions and the prospects for textual studies and encourage proposals that explore these topics.

Submissions may take the following forms:

1. Papers. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length, making a significant original contribution to scholarship. 

 2. Panels. Panels may consist of either three associated papers or four to six roundtable speakers. Roundtables should address topics of broad interest and scope, with the goal of fostering lively debate with audience participation.

3. Posters. Posters showcase projects or present focused topics in a setting that features personal interaction and informal conversation. Posters on works-in-progress are encouraged.

To propose a paper, panel, or poster, send an abstract of no more than 500 words to the program committee via the form available at no later than January 30, 2015. The proposal should clearly indicate the format and whether technological support will be required. Please include the name, email address, and institutional affiliations for all participants.



Opportunity for New Editors: Institute for Editing Historical Documents

With funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the ADE offers an additional opportunity in Lincoln in conjunction with the conference: the Institute for Editing Historical Documents, to be held June 13-17 for individuals new to the practice of historical documentary editing.  Experienced documentary editors provide instruction in the principles of their field and insight into the realities of their work. For more information, contact Bob Karachuk, Education Director, Association for Documentary Editing, at ade-educationdir <at>

Kevin Hawkins | 26 Jan 17:57 2015 unavailable


The server running (as well as other servers that run on the 
ADHO infrastructure) are currently unavailable.  Our sysadmin is working 
with our colleagues in Germany who run the ADHO infrastructure to try to 
get things back online, but we don't at this time have a projection of 
how long this will take.

In the short-term, if you need Roma, please consider the backup version 
at .

(your interim TEI webmaster)

Peter Stadler | 26 Jan 09:42 2015

[job] University Professor for Musicology/Digital Music Edition/Digital Humanities

We are inviting applications for 

University Professor (pay scale W 2) (Academy-Professorship) 
for Musicology/Digital Music Edition/Digital Humanities
at the University of Paderborn

This is a unique opportunity to shape and develop the Digital Humanities efforts at our University, so
please consider applying and get your applications in before *12/02/2015*!

Mylonas, Elli | 25 Jan 20:19 2015

Re: "idno not allowed yet"

it's a real tei rule


[sent from my mobile, please excuse brevity and possible typos]

On Jan 25, 2015 2:17 PM, "Laura Mandell" <mandell <at>> wrote:
Dear List:

I have the most annoying thing happening in the new oXygen, which is that m=
y TEI documents don=92t validate if I put the idno element first in publica=
tionStmt. The message I get is that the idno is not allowed YET. If I move =
it in the publicationStmt to the place of the last child, the document vali=
dates.  That=92s just silly, isn=92t it?  It shouldn=92t matter where a sib=
ling goes inside a parent, should it? Should I contact the oXygen people ab=
out it? Or is this a real TEI rule?

Best, Laura=
Laura Mandell | 25 Jan 20:17 2015

"idno not allowed yet"

Dear List:

I have the most annoying thing happening in the new oXygen, which is that my TEI documents don’t validate
if I put the idno element first in publicationStmt. The message I get is that the idno is not allowed YET. If I
move it in the publicationStmt to the place of the last child, the document validates.  That’s just
silly, isn’t it?  It shouldn’t matter where a sibling goes inside a parent, should it? Should I contact
the oXygen people about it? Or is this a real TEI rule?

Best, Laura
Peter Flynn | 25 Jan 12:35 2015

Markup for clothing and sexual orientation

I have a user who is planning to use TEI to mark up an archive of
documents about the history of the local GLBT* community. As part of
this, she has a requirement to identify

a. items of clothing, both by type and implied interpretation

b. sexual orientation of individuals

There are several authorities for ontologies for types of clothing, and
a number of sources for the implications of wearing certain items in
particular ways. Similarly there are several classifications usable for
sexual orientation. The question is therefore: what elements/attributes
are suitable for recording this information?

Has anyone done this before, and if so, what element type was used for
identifying items of clothing?

For individuals' orientation, it is possible to use the type attribute
on a persName element, but I am not familiar enough with other people's
use of this attribute to know if this is going to fall within others'
expectations (everything can be documented, of course, but it's still
better to put stuff "where people expect it").

All suggestions welcomed...