Unsworth, John M | 2 Oct 18:50 2011

TEI elections open

Folks,

Email has been sent to designated electors from TEI member institutions, inviting them to vote in the
elections for Board and Council.  Candidates' statements on a variety of questions having to do with the
future of the TEI can be found at:  http://www.tei-c.org/Membership/Meetings/2011/mm54.xml

TEI member institutions eligible to vote are listed at

http://www.tei-c.org/Membership/current.xml

If you are at one of those institutions and want to know who your institutional elector is, or if your
institution is not listed and you believe it should be, contact membership <at> tei-c.org.

Many thanks to all the candidates and electors for participating in the election, and to all of you for
helping me put together the questions candidates have addressed in their statements.  

John Unsworth

Sebastian Rahtz | 3 Oct 13:05 2011
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complex TEI documents

Next time sometime asks you what the fuss is about with texts, "they're just paragraphs and and lists and
quotes, aren't they", 
you could share this bundle of joy with them:

/TEI/text/body/div/p/note/q/floatingText/body/p/note/floatingText/body/p/note/q/floatingText/body/closer/signed

this is an XPath representation pointing to a place in a real TEI document (from ECCO). Three levels of
floatingText, inside a quote inside a note. Isn't that magnificent?

I shall be very sad if turns out to be a coding mistake :-}
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Stormageddon Rahtz      
Head of Information and Support Group
Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN. Phone +44 1865 283431

Sólo le pido a Dios
que el futuro no me sea indiferente

Syd Bauman | 3 Oct 15:28 2011

Re: complex TEI documents

Wow. I am impressed. That path has 19 steps. The WWO is often thought
of and even held forth as a flagship "rich" or "deep" encoding
project. Our longest path (as of 2010-12) is only 1 step longer:
  /TEI/text/group/text/body/div/quote/floatingText/body/div/div/sp/p/quote/floatingText/body/div/closer/signed/persName
Those of you familiar with pre-Victorian women's writing in English
probably won't be surprised to learn this is from Judith Sargent
Murray's _The Gleaner_. For those of you who have access to WWO, you
can see the offending letter at
  http://textbase.wwp.brown.edu/cgi-bin/newphilo/getobject.pl?c.251:137:1.wwo.2228972.2228979
The highlighted phrase ("Jeremy Trueworth.") is the content of the
deep <persName>, 20 steps beneath the surface.

For those who are curious, the most *common* path in the WWO is
  /TEI/text/body/div/p/lb
which occurs 185,367 times.

(Technical bit: when I talk about "paths", here, I am talking about
the set of XPaths that go from the root of each document to each
element node in that document. That is, I'm ignoring attributes, text
nodes, comments, & processing instructions, and discounting any path
that has any axis other than child::, or any predicate. Otherwise, of
course, the most common path by far is '.', and there is no longest
path, because you can always insert a "/parent::*/child::*" before
any slash (other than the first) and get the same result.)

> Next time sometime asks you what the fuss is about with texts,
> "they're just paragraphs and and lists and quotes, aren't they",
> you could share this bundle of joy with them:
>   /TEI/text/body/div/p/note/q/floatingText/body/p/note/floatingText/body/p/note/q/floatingText/body/closer/signed
> this is an XPath representation pointing to a place in a real TEI
(Continue reading)

Paul Caton | 3 Oct 17:25 2011
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Re: complex TEI documents

On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 2:28 PM, Syd Bauman <Syd_Bauman <at> brown.edu> wrote:

Those of you familiar with pre-Victorian women's writing in English
probably won't be surprised to learn this is from Judith Sargent
Murray's _The Gleaner_.
...
The highlighted phrase ("Jeremy Trueworth.") is the content of the
deep <persName>, 20 steps beneath the surface.

Syd - in the interests of safety I think it needs to be stressed that only very experienced encoders should attempt this kind of work. If you get into difficulties at those depths, no rescue team in the world can pull you out.

Paul.

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Dr. Paul Caton
Research Associate
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College, London
Wendell Piez | 3 Oct 18:45 2011

Re: complex TEI documents

Dear Syd,

On 10/3/2011 9:28 AM, Syd Bauman wrote:
> (Technical bit: when I talk about "paths", here, I am talking about
> the set of XPaths that go from the root of each document to each
> element node in that document. That is, I'm ignoring attributes, text
> nodes, comments,&  processing instructions, and discounting any path
> that has any axis other than child::, or any predicate. Otherwise, of
> course, the most common path by far is '.', and there is no longest
> path, because you can always insert a "/parent::*/child::*" before
> any slash (other than the first) and get the same result.)

You are overthinking this. :-)

To say x is the "most common" path begs the question of the scope of 
"most" common just as it would for "longest" and "shortest". Within what 
set of paths is "." the most common? (Paths that could in theory be used 
to address nodes in WWP? Isn't that set infinite?)

Similarly, you can't just insert "/parent::*/child::*" willy-nilly into 
an XPath (or its abbreviated near-equivalent, "../*") and get the same 
result:

"/TEI/text/body/div/quote" gets you quotes inside divs inside the body;

"/TEI/text/body/../*/div/quote" gets you quotes inside divs inside any 
child of text (including front, body, whatever).

But you are correct that you can extend any XPath trivially, as long as 
you like...

/TEI/text/body/./././div/./././././quote

... which is why the beginner's idiom "./element" is so cute. (Like, how 
many steps are they gonna take before they start walking?)

Cheers,
Wendell

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Julia Flanders | 4 Oct 20:09 2011

TEI workshop at Brown: space still available

There's still space available in our upcoming workshop:

Introduction to Manuscript Encoding with TEI
December 5-7, 2011
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
$300 for TEI members and subscribers
$450 for non-members

This is an introduction to the basics of TEI and XML, with a special  
focus on the use of TEI to encode manuscript materials. A rough  
schedule is available at http://www.wwp.brown.edu/outreach/seminars/mss_2011-12/

We hope to see you there!

Best wishes, Julia

Stuart A. Yeates | 5 Oct 01:59 2011
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Re: complex TEI documents

In "An Epitome of Official Documents Relative to Native Affairs and
Land Purchases in the North Island of New Zealand" we have:
/TEI/text/group/text/group/text/group/text/group/text/group/text/body/div/quote/floatingText/body/div/opener/salute/hi
and because we generate our xml:ids based on paths that's in a div
with xml:id="t1-g1-t3-g1-t6-g1-t51-g1-t9-g1-t2-body1-d1-x9-t1-body1-d1"
it's at http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-TurEpit.html , TEI/XML
and ePub available. The work is a structured compendium of archival
documents (out of copyright but still being litigated); I believe the
encoding is correct.

Am I right in thinking that technically we can add a +1 to these
xpaths for the namespace? Or are other people not assuming
xmlns="http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0" ?

cheers
stuart

>  /TEI/text/group/text/body/div/quote/floatingText/body/div/div/sp/p/quote/floatingText/body/div/closer/signed/persName

>>   /TEI/text/body/div/p/note/q/floatingText/body/p/note/floatingText/body/p/note/q/floatingText/body/closer/signed

Spence, Paul | 5 Oct 10:05 2011
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Digital Humanities 2012 - CfP preconferences, workshops and tutorials

Please find below the Call for Proposals for pre-conferences, workshops and tutorials for the Digital
Humanities 2012 conference, in Hamburg Germany. Note that the deadline for this call (Midnight GMT on 1
November - please check equivalent time in your time zone) is the same as the deadline for posters, papers
and panel sessions announced a few weeks ago. Deadlines will be firm.

All submissions can be made through the ConfTool website at https://secure.digitalhumanities.org (see
instructions below) and do check the DH2012 conference website for news in the coming weeks: http://www.dh2012.uni-hamburg.de/

Paul Spence
Chair of International Programme Committee for 2012

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Call for proposals: Pre-conference Workshops and Tutorials
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations 
Digital Humanities 2012
Hosted by University of Hamburg 
16-22 July 2012
http://www.dh2012.uni-hamburg.de/

Proposal deadline:  November 1, 2011 (Midnight GMT)

I. General Information

The International Program Committee invites submissions of proposals of no more than 1500 words for
pre-conferences or specialized Tutorials and Workshops on any aspect of digital humanities, from
information technology to problems in humanities research and teaching. Tutorials are typically a half
day to a full day; workshops and pre-conferences may be one day or more.  We particularly welcome
submissions relating to interdisciplinary work and on new developments in the field, and we encourage
submissions relating in some way to the theme of the 2012 conference, 'Digital Diversity: Cultures,
languages and methods' <http://www.dh2012.uni-hamburg.de/>.

Proposals might, for example, relate to the following aspects of digital humanities:

- computer-based research and computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural and historical
studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of
modern scholarship;

- the digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, and related areas;

- research issues, including data mining, information design and modelling, software studies, and
humanities research enabled through the digital medium.

- digital humanities and diversity

- libraries, archives, and the creation, delivery, management, and preservation of humanities digital resources

- text analysis, corpora, corpus linguistics, language processing, language learning, and endangered languages

- the role of digital humanities in academic curricula

The range of topics covered by digital humanities can also be consulted in the journal of the associations:
Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC), Oxford University Press.

Participants in Workshops or Tutorials will be expected to register for the full conference as well,
paying the regular registration fee.  There will be additional fees of roughly 40-50 Euros per half-day
for participants in tutorials and workshops, with a minimum attendance of approximately 10
participants each, in order to ensure that these events cover their own costs.

The deadline for submitting proposals to the Program Committee is November 1, 2011.  All submissions will
be refereed.  Presenters will be notified of acceptance by December 15, 2011.  See below for full details on
submitting proposals.

Proposals for non-refereed or vendor demonstrations should be discussed directly with the local
conference organizers (please email katrin.schoenert <at> uni-hamburg.de) as soon as possible.

For more information on the conference in general, please visit the conference web site, <http://dh2011.stanford.edu/>.

II. Pre-Conference Tutorials

Proposals for Tutorials should provide the following information:

1. A title and brief description of the tutorial content and its relevance to the DH community (not more than
1500 words).

2. A brief outline of the tutorial structure showing that the tutorial's core content can be covered in a
half-day tutorial (approximately 3 hours, plus breaks).  In exceptional cases, full-day tutorials may
be supported as well.

3. The names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the tutorial instructors,
including a one-paragraph statement of their research interests and areas of expertise.

4. A list of previous venues and approximate audience sizes, if the same or a similar tutorial has been given
elsewhere; otherwise an estimate of the audience size.  (DH Tutorials are expected to be self-financing.)

5. Special requirements for technical support.

Proposals will be submitted via the DH2012 conference registration application, ConfTool, at the
address https://secure.digitalhumanities.org/ no later than November 1, 2011.

TUTORIAL SPEAKER RESPONSIBILITIES

Accepted tutorial speakers will be notified by December 15, 2011, and must then provide final draft
abstracts of their tutorials for inclusion in the conference registration material by February 1, 2011. 
The description should be in two formats: an ASCII version that can be included in email announcements and
published on the conference web site, and a Word or ODT (not PDF) version for inclusion in the electronic
proceedings (detailed instructions to follow).

III. Pre-Conference Workshops

Proposals for workshops should provide the following information:

1. A title and brief description (of not more than 1500 words) of the workshop topic and its motivation
(i.e., its relevance to DH).

2. A description of target audience and expected number of participants.

3. The intended length and format of the workshop (minimum half-day; maximum one and a half days).

4. A budget proposal (DH Workshops are expected to be self-financing.)

5. Dates for submission deadline (if there is to be a CfP) and notification of acceptances.

6. A list of individuals who have agreed to be part of the workshop program committee if the workshop
proposal is accepted.

7. Full postal address, phone number, e-mail and fax of the workshop contact person.

8. Special requirements (e.g. computer infrastructure or audio equipment).

Proposals will be submitted via the DH2012 conference registration application, ConfTool, at the
address https://secure.digitalhumanities.org/ no later than November 1, 2011.  You will be notified
about the decision to accept or reject the proposal by December 15, 2011.

IV. Format of the Proposals

All proposals must be submitted electronically using the online submission form in the ConfTool system no
later than November 1, 2011.  Anyone who has previously used the ConfTool system to submit proposal or
reviews should use their existing account rather than setting up a new one.  Information for new users is
available at the ConfTool site.  If anyone has forgotten their user name or password, please contact <paul.spence <at> kcl.ac.uk>.

V.  Information about the conference venue

Hamburg on the river Elbe has about 1.8 million inhabitants within the city limits, making the
old Hanseatic merchant city Germany's second largest metropolis. Hamburg is characterized by its port,
its international orientation and a cosmopolitan flair. 

The University of Hamburg was founded in 1919. Today the Faculty of the Humanities is home to over 10,000
students. Since its inception Hamburg University has maintained a strong focus on foreign languages and
cultures. To foster and to explore such diversity is a key task of the Humanities - and to provide theories,
methods and tools to this end poses a particularly interesting challenge to the Digital Humanities. We
hope you will join in the discussion on "Digital Diversity" at the DH2012 and look forward to seeing you in Hamburg!

VI. International Program Committee

Susan Brown (SDH-SEMI - Vice Chair)
Arianna Ciula (ALLC)
Tanya Clement (ACH)
Michael Eberle-Sinatra (SDH-SEMI)
Dot Porter (ACH)
Jan Rybicki (ALLC)
Jon Saklofske (SDH-SEMI)
Paul Spence (ALLC - Chair)
Tomoji Tabata (ALLC)
Katherine Walter (ACH)
Jan Christoph Meister (ex officio, Local Host)  

Stuart A. Yeates | 6 Oct 20:59 2011
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remix winner using TEI

New Zealand has a remixing competition run by our national library and
the 2011 cycle was judged this week. One of the winners was a remixing
of one of the NZETC texts remixed as an Android application.

There are several other Māori dictionaries online, I'm guessing ours
was the selected for the clarity of the licensing.

http://mixandmash.org.nz/2011-winners/newbie-mashup/

cheers
stuart

DCMI Announce | 9 Oct 16:17 2011
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NISO/DCMI Webinar: "The RDA Vocabularies: Implementation, Extension, and Mapping"

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NISO/DCMI Webinar: "The RDA Vocabularies: Implementation, Extension, and Mapping"
DATE: 16 November 2011
TIME: 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT (17:00-19:30 UTC)
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ABOUT THE WEBINAR

During a meeting at the British Library in May 2007 between the Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA and DCMI, important recommendations were forged for the development of an element vocabulary, application profile, and value vocabularies [1], based on the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard, then in final draft. A DCMI/RDA Task Group [2] has completed much of the work, and described their process and decisions in a recent issue of D-Lib Magazine [3]. A final, pre-publication technical review of this work is underway, prior to adoption by early implementers.

This webinar will provide an up-to-the-minute update on the review process, as well as progress on the RDA-based application profiles. The webinar will discuss practical implementation issues raised by early implementers and summarize issues surfaced in virtual and face-to-face venues where the vocabularies and application profiles have been discussed.


SPEAKERS:

Diane Hillmann is Vocabulary Management Officer for DCMI and a partner in the consulting firm Metadata Management Associates. She is co-chair (with Gordon Dunsire) of the DCMI/RDA Task Group and is the DCMI Liaison to the ALA Committee on Cataloging: Description and access, the US body providing feedback on RDA Development.

Thomas Baker, DCMI Chief Information Officer (Communications, Research and Development), was recently co-chair of the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group and a W3C Incubator Group on Library Linked Data (report pending).

REGISTRATION:

For registration and webinar technical information, see http://www.niso.org/news/events/2011/dcmi/rda.  Registration closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on 16 November 2011.

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Gmane