Christian Wittern | 1 Dec 01:41 2010

Re: how to optimally preserve encoding when converting TEI-L archives?

Hi Ron,

As far as my very limited experience with mail archives goes, you have to be 
aware of the fact that the encoding is specified at the message level, while 
the messages might all be thrown together in files for monthly archives or 
similar bundles of messages.  When processing these archives, you will need 
software that understands this and can deal with it (including the many 
intricacies of the MIME format used for mail messages on the internet).  I 
have had some success with the mail module in the standard Python library, 
but their surely are other tools as well.

Hope this helps,


On 2010-12-01 24:30 , Ron Van den Branden wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm about to make a fresh conversion of the TEI-L archives (for import in 
> MarkMail this time). Ideally, I would take this opportunity to improve on 
> the issues David raised about character encoding in the nabble mirror 
> (
> Since I am far from an expert on this matter, I would like to ask if 
> anyone has any suggestions for optimal preservation of character encoding. 
> I don't know what encoding the files are in (though I specified UTF-8 as 
> encoding for incoming messages on my mail client, and received the monthly 
> archives in the body of email messages), but am often warned about illegal 
> / illegible characters when opening a file. It seems to me that the 
> archive is messed up with all kinds of different encodings and I'm not 
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Stuart Yeates | 1 Dec 07:38 2010

Re: how to optimally preserve encoding when converting TEI-L archives?

> I'm about to make a fresh conversion of the TEI-L archives (for import
> in MarkMail this time). Ideally, I would take this opportunity to
> improve on the issues David raised about character encoding in the
> nabble mirror
> (

It's tempting to suggest probability-based langauge / character set dowsing a la TextCat


Malte Rehbein | 1 Dec 08:51 2010

MS SIG meeting in Zadar: report

Dear all,

It is already more than two weeks ago that the MS SIG had their annual 
meeting during the TEI conference in Zadar. We had a lively discussion 
with about 25 participants expressing their interest in manuscript 
related encoding. The results in brief:

1. Review of the SIG's work of the past year, in particular the new 
module on genetic encoding
2. Work plan for 2011
     a) Revision of Critical Apparatus
     b) Extension of msDesc toward tboDesc
     c) MSS ODD
     d) Community Building / PR
3. Evaluation and discussion of the SIG's survey on needs and 
requirements of the community

You can find the minutes in our wiki:

Please join the ongoing discussions!
All the best,


Dr. Malte Rehbein

Universität Würzburg
Zentrum für digitale Edition /
Lehrstuhl für Computerphilologie und Neuere Deutsche Literaturgeschichte
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Dot Porter | 1 Dec 15:33 2010

Job posting: Head of Cataloging at IUB

The search for Head of Cataloging at Indiana University Bloomington
has been extended (Review of applications will begin January 31,
2011). The ideal candidate would have experience both with traditional
cataloging and non-MARC metadata development (including TEI).

Please forward to anyone who might be suitable and interested in the position.



Head, Cataloging Division, Technical Services Department
(Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian)

The Indiana University Libraries-Bloomington seek an innovative,
experienced, and user-oriented professional to fill the position of
Head, Cataloging Division in the Technical Services Department of the
Herman B Wells Library.  This redefined senior management position has
an opportunity to play a strategic role in transforming the work of
the Cataloging Division to include the development and management of
non-MARC metadata creation.  The successful candidate needs to be able
to think broadly about how the work of technical services can aid
learners and assist in the research endeavors of the university in
today’s rapidly changing information environment.

Founded in 1820, Indiana University-Bloomington has grown from a small
state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university
with over 42,000 students and almost 3,000 faculty. With a
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Øyvind Eide | 1 Dec 17:12 2010

Minutes from TEI Ontologies SIG meeting

Dear all,

The minutes from the meeting in the Ontologies SIG during the TEI  
annual meeting is now out:

Corrections may be made until December 10, then the minutes will be  

The new web space of the SIG is in use now, with most of the material  

Kind regards,

Øyvind Eide
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Unit for Digital Documentation, University of Oslo

O'Donnell, Dan | 1 Dec 23:13 2010

RFP for conference hosts

Hi all,

The RFPs for the 2011 and 2012 conferences are available on our news 

In keeping with the discussion at the members' business meeting, 
preference in 2011 will be given to bids from outside North America and 
in 2012 from bids from outside Europe. The reason for this is to change 
the current situation by which DH and the TEI conference are being held 
on the same continent each year. The TEI meeting was originally 
scheduled so that it wouldn't be on the same continent as DH, but got in 
sync with it a few years ago. This will reverse the trend.

It is also the Board's intention from now on to solicit bids for hosting 
the conference two years in advance. So the call next year will be for 
the 2013 meeting.



Daniel Paul O'Donnell
Professor of English
University of Lethbridge

Chair and CEO, Text Encoding Initiative (
Co-Chair, Digital Initiatives Advisory Board, Medieval Academy of America
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Rebecca Welzenbach | 3 Dec 14:57 2010

CLIR funded postdoc fellowship in digital scholarship, publishing

Greetings, all--

The following posting may be of interest to some of you:

MPublishing at the University of Michigan Library seeks applications
from postdoctoral candidates in the humanities for a two-year position
that focuses on digital scholarship and publishing. The MPublishing
CLIR Fellowship will provide an opportunity for an ambitious and
curious Ph.D. recipient in the humanities to develop skills and
experience as a publishing professional in an innovative library-based
scholarly communication environment.

Reporting to the Head of Publishing Services Outreach, the Fellow will
assist with articulating, developing, and promoting publishing needs
and publishing models. Specific activities may include:

   * Researching publishing needs for the digital humanities and
humanities publishing through surveys, listening sessions, and other
research methods; implementing new products and/or services based on
   * Facilitating the promotion and outreach of MPublishing to campus
and beyond through a variety of media and audiences
   * Working with faculty and MPublishing staff to produce online
scholarly journals and book series

While the CLIR fellow will work on a range of publishing initiatives,
this fellowship will be of particular interest to those who are
interested in alternative academic career paths in higher education;
emerging models and modes of scholarly communication and publishing;
and dynamic new roles for libraries and university presses. This
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Raffaele Viglianti | 4 Dec 11:30 2010

Music SIG meeting in Zadar - report

Dear list,

the Music SIG participated to the annual TEI gathering, which was held last November in Zadar, Croatia. The main topic of our participation was the encoding of texts containing music notation. Three members presented a panel on the topic of "Encoding text, music and music literatures".

We also met for a brief (1hr and 1/2) but intense SIG meeting. These are the main topics discussed:

- Reporting on the current TEI-funded project to produce a TEI-with-MEI ODD

- Discussing two previously submitted feature requests

- Establishing future aims for the SIG
    - Liaise with the MS SIG for the description of manuscript music documents
    - Extend the inclusion of music notation into TEI to other relevant XML-based music representations
    - Investigate the inclusion of TEI within music notation formats

A more detailed report is available on the SIG's wiki:

Best wishes,
-- Raffaele Viglianti PhD candidate and PGRA Centre for Computing in the Humanities King's College London

First SIG for Linguists Meeting - Minutes

Dear All,

 with apologies for the delay, please find the minutes of the first
 ever SIG for Linguists meeting at

 We are very proud to say that the meeting room in Zadar was packed and
 that the discussion was thriving, and that we hopefully will have more
than one and a half hour allocated next year!

 Drawing on the positive experience of the MS SIG, it has been agreed
 that the first step (milestone) of the SIG will be the compilation of
 a survey on LR. The result should be a compendium of bibliographic
 titles categorized by linguistic field. We invite everyone's
 participation, so hold out for more on this!

 To those who were at the meeting, feel welcome to flag any argument you
 think we have forgotten to record in the minutes.

To those who have not joined the mailing list yet and are interested, please do now! :)

Andreas, Eleonora, and Piotr

Syd Bauman | 6 Dec 01:58 2010

Re: Some TEI 2010 pictures

Here are some of the pictures I took both in Zurich on my way to
Zadar, and in Zadar at the TEI conference. Not as nice as George's,
but some are good shots nonetheless.

These are 1/2-size, unedited, with a watermark, and are available via
the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States
License. (See

I'm not sure I'm going to leave them on DropBox -- may end up going
with Flickr or Picasaweb or some such (any other suggestions? --
off-list, please). But I wanted to get these out to the TEI community
before over a month had passed ... :-)

> Here there are some of the pictures I took in Zadar at the TEI
> meeting