TEI-C Elections 2016
- A Note on Voting
- Candidate Statements: TEI Technical Council
- Candidate Statements: TEI Board of Directors
- Candidate Statements: TAPAS Advisory Board
In 2016, TEI Members will hold an election to fill 5 open positions on the TEI Technical Council and 3 on the TEI Board of Directors; each newly elected member will serve a two-year term, 2017 and 2018. We are also electing 5 new members to the TAPAS advisory board.
- a biographical description focusing on their education, training, research, etc., relevant to the TEI, and
- a candidate statement in which they discuss their reasons for wishing to serve on the Board, TAPAS or Technical Council and what their particular goals would be.
A Note on Voting
TEI Member voters, identified by email address, will receive a URL at which to cast their ballots. Upon closing of the election, all voters who cast a vote will be sent an email with a link to the results of the election, from which it is also possible to download the actual final ballots for verification. Individual members may vote in the TEI Technical Council elections. The nominated representative of institutions with membership may vote for both the TEI Board and TEI Technical Council.
Voting will open on 22 August 2016.
Voting closes at 12:00AM Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST) on 28 September 2016.
The ballot file format used by OpaVote is BLT, documented in the OpenSTV source code and also at http://code.google.com/p/droop/wiki/BltFileFormat. David Sewell has posted an XSLT program that can be used to translate the BLT files returned at the end of an OpaVote election to a human-readable HTML page: http://tei-c.org/Membership/BLT.zip.
Candidate Statements: TEI Technical Council
Biographical statement: Syd came to the TEI through an interest in markup and markup languages. He became interested in SGML just prior to its publication in 1986, but did not start engaging with a real markup language until late 1990. At that time he was already working at the Brown University Women Writers Project, where his first major task was to convert WWP legacy data to be in line with the newly published TEI P1. He still works at the WWP as a Senior Programmer/Analyst and ever since that first challenge, he’s been thinking of ways to improve the TEI.
From 2001 to 2007 Syd served the TEI as the North American Editor, and since 2013 on the Technical Council; thus he is familiar with the workings of the Council. He has been very active in the TEI community as a frequent presenter on TEI topics at conferences; by consulting closely with nearly ½ dozen TEI projects, and providing occasional assistance to another dozen or so; as a member of the ODD task force, and of several SIGs; and of course, through teaching numerous TEI workshops and seminars.
Syd has an AB from Brown University in political science, and has worked as a systems programmer and a freelance computer typesetter. He frequently teaches TEI workshops and seminars, and consults for a variety of humanities computing projects. He has been an Emergency Medical Technician since 1983.
- ‘User-oriented’ efforts, e.g., creating customized documentation, recommendations, and customizations for particular constituencies or user groups; improving the look-and-feel (and flexibility) of custom documentation; and creating or commissioning reference implementations
- Expanding the scope of the Guidelines, e.g. to include greater support for legal documents, a method for encoding acrostics, and perhaps a module addressing social media.
- Technical improvements to the Guidelines, e.g., further automated constraint checking, improvements to ODD, changes in TEI pointers to better align TEI with the existing W3C XPointer framework, and improvements to the automated deprecation system.
Biographical statement: Alejandro Bia is now deputy director of the Department of Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science and a researcher at the Operations Research Center (CIO), both at the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) en Elche, Spain.
He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Alicante, a MSc and a BS in Computer Science from ORT University, a Diploma in Computing and Information Systems from Oxford University, and a diploma of Expert in Technological Innovation in Education from UMH.
Apart from UMH, he has also lectured for the Cultural Heritage Digitization Course at FUNED (2013-present), the Master in Digital Humanities (2005-2011), and the Master in Web Technology (2005-2007), at the University of Castilla La Mancha, for the Department of Languages and Information Systems (2002-2004) and the Department of Fundamentals of Economic Analysis (2002) of the University of Alicante, and at ORT University (1990-1996).
He is a frequent instructor of XML-TEI workshops and seminars in, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
His lecture topics are: text markup using XML and TEI, web application design, digital libraries, software engineering, project management, computer crime, computer forensics, information security, concurrent programming, operating systems, computer architecture, computer networks and English for computer sciences.
He has participated in several publicly funded projects: currently as principal investigator of the TRACEsofTools project: software tools for contrastive text analysis in parallel bilingual corpus (2013-2016), DHW, the Digital Humanities Workbench project (principal investigator, 2012-2013), the Atenea project (University of Málaga, 2009-2012), the Bibliotheca Europa project (University of Alicante, 2006-2008), Digital Library of the National Library of Spain (as consultant, 2005) and the in the METAe: Metadata Engine project (EU funded, 2000-2003).
From 1999 to 2004, he has been Head of Research and Development of the Miguel de Cervantes Digital Library at the University of Alicante, the biggest digital library of Spanish literary works and one of the first projects to use TEI in XML format. Previously, he has worked as Special-Projects Manager at NetGate (1996), and as Documentation Editor of the GeneXus project at ARTech (Advanced Research and Technology) (1991-1994).
His current research interests are text alignment, text-mining, stylometry and visualization methods applied to text corpora. Previously, he worked on the application of software engineering methods and techniques to digital libraries (his PhD Thesis topic), to enhance document structure design, multilingual markup languages, digitisation automation by computer means, digital preservation and digitisation metrics and cost estimates. He also worked on neural networks training and developed the ALOPEX-B optimization method.
He is a long-time member of the DH community (since 1999), and has been elected member of the TEI Council for two periods (2002-2004 and 2004-2006) and of the Executive Committee of the former Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, now EADH, also for two periods (2004-2008 and 2008-2011). Currently he is a member of the Internet Society, and of AIPO (Iberoamerican Association for Human Computer Interaction).
More information can be found at: http://dhw.umh.es/alex-bia/
Candidate's statement: During my years as a Council member I participated in the development of P4 and P5, in the TEI Migration Taskforce, and introduced the idea of translating the TEI tagset into different languages (first presented at XML Europe 2003), which was later implemented into Roma by Sebastian Rahtz and Arno Mittelbach as part of the i18n project.
Now I think that the most important goal will be to broaden the use of TEI in ways similar to how HTML has been introduced and widespread: e.g., by direct encoding, by simplified encoding (wiki markup and development environments) and by automatic means (code generation, transformations, database handling). This means targeting the TEI towards different types of users with different needs and skills. This strategy implies to flatten the learning curve for beginners by lowering the access barriers for working with TEI, on one side, and to enhance the productivity of power-users by providing ready-made power tools, on the other. In the end, to make it more appealing and time-cost effective to both sides of the user range.
If elected, I would apply my 17 years’ experience of encoding, teaching and running projects using XML and TEI and my fondness of simplification to make TEI simpler to use and further spread its usage. I could also help spread the TEI in the Spanish speaking world, where DH is gaining momentum.
Biographical statement: Hugh Cayless has been working with TEI for over a decade, has served on the Council for two terms, and is the current Council Chair. He is a senior DH research developer at the Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3). Hugh is one of the founding members of the EpiDoc community, which publishes guidelines for marking up inscriptions and other ancient documents using the TEI. He has published papers on various subjects relevant to the TEI, including the future of epigraphical research and publishing, linking texts to images, using TEI documents in a Linked Data environment, implementing TEI Pointer schemes, and developing support for critical editions in TEI. Hugh is an experienced software developer with a doctorate in Classics and an MS in Information Science, both from UNC Chapel Hill.
Candidate's statement: I have chaired the Council these last two years through some "interesting" times. We have transitioned our development and release infrastructure over to git and GitHub, with the last release, we can now define TEI entirely in TEI, using Pure ODD, and the new Processing Model means TEI ODDs can define a full range of functionality, from creation to display. We also lost Sebastian Rahtz, who was the cornerstone of the TEI Stylesheets. If reelected, I plan to continue to work on advancing the TEI's technical infrastructure, and on further opening it up to contributions from outside the Council.
Biographical statement: I studied a combination of economics and pedagogics with German language and literature as a minor subject. After an inspiring lecture on Digital Humanities I started to mesh statistics and literary texts. Since 2012 I work on Theodor Fontanes Notebooks (https://fontane-nb.dariah.eu) where we intend to use larger infrastructure as much as possible. In this project I am responsible for the processing of the TEI encoded documents starting with exporting them from the virtual research environment into an XML database and presenting them online. This task reaches from document workflow management to visualization. Currently I am working on the transformation from a genetic encoding to a readable version of the text stored in documents valid against the TEI Simple schema.
Also I am working on the KOLIMO project ("corpus of literary modernity") where our goal is to comparably store documents from different sources coming in diverse formats in a database together with their POS tags.
Candidate's statement: My focus on TEI documents is on larger collections and the homogeneity of texts. Previously I worked on web publication frameworks for TEI texts together with larger infrastructure and virtual research environments. With this experience I would like to support the TAPAS community as well as the TEI community.
Biographical Statement: I am the Digital Content Specialist at Cambridge University Library, managing a range of digital humanities projects in Cambridge and beyond. I have five years experience of promoting and supporting the use of TEI in Cambridge, and have worked closely with large TEI-using projects such as the Newton Project, Fihrist and Casebooks. I have also advised large digital humanities projects on their adoption of TEI, such as the Darwin Correspondence and Genizah projects.
Through my work with Fihrist and other large manuscript description projects, I am involved with efforts to standardise and document TEI practice between institutions, concentrating on use of the msDesc module. While most of my current work is in project management, I have good technical skills, particularly in XSLT. I have spoken about our use of TEI at various conferences, and have lead a number of successful TEI workshops both here in Cambridge and at Manchester University.
Candidate’s Statement: Having provided training, documentation and technical support to a number of large TEI projects, and being myself a frequent user of the TEI Guidelines, I feel I am well qualified to take on a role on the TEI-C Technical Council. Through our use of the msDesc module, I have seen how the TEI Guidelines constantly have to adapt to accommodate new kinds of material and new research questions.
A central issue for us has been the standardisation of practice between different institutions and projects to facilitate collaborative work, and the TEI Guidelines have been fundamental to this work. I would look forward to collaborating with project using TEI to ensure that the Guidelines reflect their practice, and continue to promote both the standardisation essential to collaborative work, and the innovation necessary to support new research methods.
Biographical Statement: I am currently the Assistant Digital Scholarship Coordinator in the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship at Florida State University. I received my master’s in English from Northeastern University in 2015, where I worked for the Women Writers Project and Early Caribbean Digital Archive. I currently work with the Burroughs Archive and Linked Women Pedagogues Project (http://lwpproject.org) at Florida State University. I am collaborating with the scholars Burroughs Archive to update their TEI and teach incoming graduate assistants the markup process, XPath, and XSLT. I am also working with our Technology and Digital Scholarship division to create a TEI collation viewer for Islandora. I am consulting with the Linked Women Pedagogues Project to develop a method for using TEI to capture data about 20th century women pedagogues whose varied activities have not been captured by macrohistories of the field of Rhetoric and Composition. I also teach workshops and course units on the TEI at Florida State University, and am invested in using TEI for educational purposes.
Candidate's Statement: I am interested in exploring the ways in which the TEI can interact with infrastructure that has been adopted by libraries and other institutions (such as Islandora). My work with the Linked Women Pedagogues Project has also made me interested in interactions between TEI and linked data.
If I am elected, Florida State University Libraries will support me committing time to the Technical Council.
Biographical Statement: I am a Research Programmer at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland and I have served my first term on the TEI council in the past two years. I work on research and development of TEI and Linked Open Data projects, including the Shelley-Godwin Archive, one of the first projects to use the TEI’s new vocabulary for the transcription of primary sources. Before MITH, I was a Research Assistant at the Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) at King’s College London for 6 years, where I have been involved in the technical development of TEI-based projects, spanning several disciplines and dealing with different kinds of documents and texts. A notable example is the Jane Austen Manuscripts project, for which I developed a rendering system for a dense TEI diplomatic encoding.
I hold a PhD in Digital Musicology and I worked on scholarly digital editions of music, with a focus on romantic opera. As a result of this research, I have established strong ties with the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) community, which applies TEI-like practices to the encoding of music notation. Within this community, I have promoted and established the use of ODD for MEI’s specification and guidelines, also with the intention of taking steps towards closing the gap between TEI and MEI. As a result, the latest and forthcoming releases of MEI are ODD-powered.
Besides serving on the council for the past two years, I have been actively involved in the TEI since 2008 as the convenor of the Music SIG, which was funded by the TEI-C in 2010 to work on the intersection of text and music encoding. This resulted in the introduction of the notatedMusic element to the standard and a number of customizations to encode TEI with music notation. I often teach TEI and ODD as part of postgraduate courses, workshops, and summer schools.
Candidate’s Statement: I served my first term on the TEI council over the past two years, during which I implemented one of the quickest Guidelines releases ever shortly after election. I also led the transition of our issue tracker from SourceForge to GitHub. If re-elected, I would continue pursuing an agenda that would promote the role of ODD as an essential component of good practice in TEI projects. I would also take direct initiative for the improvement of Roma and its promotion as the gateway to TEI.
I would bring to the council my personal experience in using TEI in combination with other formats and standards and support the extension of TEI towards multimedia applications to reflect an up-to-date concept of “text”.
Biographical Statement: I am currently an assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston College in 2012. My primary research is in the field of late-medieval philosophy and theology, an area where the lack of access to texts and editions remains a primary obstacle to research progress.
Presently, I am the developer and administer of the Sentences Commentary Text Archive (http://scta.info), an RDF archive that curates and organizes TEI transcriptions of medieval Sentences commentaries, which is now, in collaboration with other research groups, expanding to other medieval text genres. I am the developer of the LombardPress publication framework (http://lombardpress.org) that uses this RDF archive to display TEI encoded editions in web and print forms. (Please see http://scta.lombardpress.org for a beta version of the LombardPress web application.) I further maintain a LombardPress schema customization of the TEI that is designed to facilitate interoperability of critical editions of critically edited texts. I regularly use the TEI critical apparatus module in my work and I am eager to be a part of this module's continued development. I am also a participant in the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) community meetings and collaborate with this group to bring TEI transcriptions and manuscript images together in various digital spaces. I sit on the advisory board for the Digital Latin Library and regularly consult with this group about how best to use the TEI critical apparatus module.
Candidate’s Statement: If elected, I would love to bring to the council my experience of working with Latin medieval manuscripts, using the critical apparatus module, and creating digital and print renderings of TEI encoded critical editions.
If elected, I would especially like to support the work of the critical apparatus SIG. I would like to continue developing the module in ways that allow editors the flexibility to continue marking variants in traditional ways and to respond to new ideas about what a critical edition is or could be.
Secondly, as LinkedData continues to become a more powerful part of the web, I would like to be thinking about ways to facilitate data extraction from TEI documents that would allow us to publish RDF metadata about our encoded documents in useful and innovative ways. This includes further collaboration with the IIIF group and the Open Annotation data model used in their API and collaboration with the CTS architecture currently employed by the Homer Multi-Text Project and Perseus.
Finally, I would like to contribute to the development and documentation of best practices with respect to moving TEI documents to web and print, especially in those complicated cases that require a critical apparatus.
If elected I would be able to attend council meetings and commit time to council work.
Candidate Statements: TEI Board of Directors
Candidate's statement: If re-elected, I will commence my third year on the TEI-C Board of Directors, providing continuity for the Consortium in the coming years. In 2014-2015, I served as Secretary of the Board and this year, I am serving as the Chair of the Board. As Chair, I have strived to codify practices and procedures that have been largely passed down word-of-mouth, and have attempted to make the work of the Board more transparent by creating a more public presence for the Board’s business on the TEI-C Wiki: http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php/TEI-C_Board_of_Directors.
- highlighting and increasing access to existing training opportunities available in the TEI community, and fostering the development of new training programs for a diverse set of users and use cases
- improving relationships with creators of TEI-aware publishing systems to minimize the barriers to TEI-based scholarship
- increasing the accessibility of the TEI Guidelines, especially for novice adopters, with additional representation of use cases often encountered in libraries and humanities-based disciplines
These are just a few ways in which I promote the TEI locally at Indiana University, and I look forward to extending my experience to the broader community of TEI users.
Biographical Statement: I am the Head of Digital Collections Services at the Indiana University Libraries, where I manage and coordinate digital library and digital humanities projects and services for the Libraries and affiliated cultural heritage organizations on the Bloomington campus. In this capacity, I oversee: the IU Libraries’ primary digitization lab, which is dedicated to converting special collections; services in support of preservation of and access to special collections, such as Image Collections Online and Archives Online; and faculty-driven digital research projects. I directed several electronic text initiatives at the IU Libraries –including the Victorian Women Writers Project, the Indiana Magazine of History, and Indiana Authors and Their Books– and partner with faculty on scholarly text encoding projects like the Chymistry of Isaac Newton and the Swinburne Project. From 2007-2013, I co-convened the TEI Libraries Special Interest Group and co-authored and edited version 3 of the Best Practices for TEI in Libraries. More recently, I developed a praxis-based professional development initiative for the IU Librarians known as “Research Now: Cross-Training for Digital Scholarship” in preparation for the opening of our Scholars’ Commons, a collaborative space featuring a suite of digital scholarship services and tools for researchers in the humanities, arts, sciences and social sciences.
My research interests include: integration of complex metadata structures into the discovery functionality of online collections, crowdsourcing, and humanities data curation. My undergraduate background is in English and Art History, and I hold a Master of Library Science and a Master of Information Science degrees from Indiana University.
Candidate's statement: Kiyonori Nagasaki, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Digital Humanities in Tokyo. His main research interest is in the development of digital frameworks for collaboration in Buddhist studies. He is also engaging in investigation into the significance of digital methodology in Humanities and in promotion of DH activities in Japan. He has taught DH including TEI in several courses in the University of Tokyo and University of Tsukuba. He has been publishing monthly e-newsletter on DH since 2011 as the general editor. He has been participating in a number of Digital Humanities projects conducted at several institutions in Japan and abroad such as the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, the National Diet Library, the National Museum of Ethnology, the National Institute of Japanese Language and Linguistics, the University of Tsukuba and the University of Hamburg. His activities also include postgraduate education in DH at the University of Tokyo as well as administrative tasks at several scholarly societies including the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities and the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies.
Along with promotion of DH in Japan, he has strongly disseminated TEI among Japanese scholars and practitioners including holding workshops on TEI, teaching TEI in several Universities, and publishing papers treating TEI in Japan since a decade ago. He adopted Best Practices for TEI in Libraries in his crowd-sourcing system for transcription of Japanese public domain books released on the Web site of the National Diet Library in Japan. Recently, He serves as a convener of the East Asian/Japanese SIG with A. Charles Muller to discuss and to solve technical issues to adopt TEI guidelines to East Asian texts.
Biographical Statement: If elected the Board, I will commit to the dissemination of TEI among people and institutions treating East Asian materials so that they would not only adopt the TEI guidelines but also be involved in the TEI consortium. While the formation of the East Asian/Japanese SIG would play an eminent role to solve technical issues, activities of the Board will be necessary to widen opportunities of inclusion of such people and institutions. My experience of organizing activities of digital humanities in Japan would be useful for it. I believe that involvement of diversity of Eastern materials must make the TEI more fruitful in order to ensure the general guidelines for the humanities.
Biographical Statement: I am a senior researcher at Inria, mainly working on the modelling of digital information in the humanities and more particularly linguistic and lexical information. Since the early day of my scholarly activities, I have been pushing for the development and adoption of technical standards. I have thus been an active member (2002-2007) and chair (2008-2011) of the TEI council. I have also chaired (2002-2013) ISO committee on language resources where I tried to facilitate converge with the TEI guidelines when applicable. I am currently chairing the board of directors of the European DARIAH infrastructure and a patient advocate for open access principles. My publications are thus available online under: https://cv.archives-ouvertes.fr/laurentromary
Candidate's statement: My background involvement in the TEI community, where I have more or less never stopped following the evolution of the TEI guidelines since 1994 probably makes me ripe for immediate participation in the board. The TEI user community has been steadily growing over the years and there is hardly any text-based digital project in the humanities that does not consider it as a basis. This has generated quite some pressure on our organisations both from the point of view of quantity of evolution requests, but also with the expansion of new communities interested in making specific use of the guidelines. There is a need to accompany this evolution in close cooperation with institutions such as DARIAH or ISO that may provide complementary services or support. In this context, I would like to see how we can have an even higher technical awareness of our community in understanding the TEI infrastructure and its evolution. This could be done, for instance, by giving more impetus to the SIGs.
Candidate Statements: TAPAS Advisory Board
Biographical statement: I am assistant professor of English at the University of Calgary. I work on disability studies, Victorian studies, and the digital humanities. I use TAPAS in my own research and am eager to develop pedagogical applications.
Candidate statement: I am pleased to accept the nomination to the TAPAS advisory board. I have been a member of the TAPAS community since its launch, with a project to digitize the letters of nineteenth-century novelist Dinah Craik. Working on this project has given me insight into the needs of the user community. It has also reinforced how important it is for those of us producing TEI documents, especially on non-canonical subjects, to have a place to share them immediately. Over the next year I will be developing a course in the digital humanities at the undergraduate level, and plan to work on pedagogical applications of TAPAS. I have seen how motivated my own students can become when their work is made public online, and believe there is great potential to do this kind of work with TAPAS.
Biographical statement: Mark Caprio is an associate professor at Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island and Head of Digital Publishing Services in the Phillips Memorial Library. Mark has been creating and managing digital content in academic settings for the last sixteen years. During that time, he has held positions as Instructional Technology Librarian, Digital Media Librarian, Digital Repository Program Manager (Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts), and for the last six years at Providence College as Head of Digital Publishing Services. His research focuses on the intersection of digital publishing and sustainable scholarly communication ecosystems.
Candidate Statement: It would be an honor to serve on the TAPAS Advisory Board. I regularly work with faculty and students investigating affordances to teaching, learning, and research through the application of digital technologies. I am concerned about the growing lack of resources for scholars at smaller institutions wishing to engage through digital scholarly methods and new publication structures. As humanities research becomes increasingly digital, it will require local, national, and international support. Without initiatives like TAPAS, I foresee a growing gap between those who have the necessary training and support to enter the digital scholarly dialogue and those who do not. TAPAS very directly and significantly addresses this inequity by providing an infrastructure for open-access publishing and data analysis of TEI-encoded materials. I have both informally and formally participated in the TAPAS initiative and am currently part of the TAPAS user community. I represent an institution that would very directly benefit from TAPAS’s continued develop and success. As a member of the TAPAS Advisory Board, I would bring the perspective of a key stakeholder — a small liberal-arts college.
Biographical statement: Carol Chiodo is a writer, scholar, and educator whose work investigates how the material and structural changes in the reproduction, storage and transmission of texts impact the ways we read, write and learn. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Italian Language and Literature and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute of Sacred Music and the Digital Humanities Lab at Yale University.
Her research explores the interactions between literature and technology from medieval manuscript culture to the present day. The problem of knowledge management and the history of book, the histories of libraries, universities, and cultural institutions are also pertinent to her work.
At Yale, she has helped coordinate the Digital Humanities Working Group, an interdisciplinary working group at the Whitney Humanities Center devoted to Yale’s growing digital humanities community. Her sustained participation in the Digital Humanities Summer School Training Network, FemTechNet and a number of regional and international consortia has afforded a global, critical understanding of how ongoing developments in emerging digital technologies and knowledge ecologies might be leveraged for current and future scholarship. Carol’s current focus is on digital scholarship design and publishing in the humanities, data analysis and visualization, and the curation and deployment of linked open data in special collections.
Candidate statement: The TEI has been central to my research and teaching in the digital humanities. My work in the discipline has focused on building community and infrastructure and my contributions to the TAPAS Advisory Board would build on these strengths. I welcome the opportunity to serve the open, collaborative community of TEI practitioners and researchers. My efforts for the advisory board would focus on continuing the thoughtful collaborative design of archive, publishing, and access services and the concurrent demands of scale, ease of use and the sustainability of structured, interoperable data while further expanding its community.
Biographical statement: Anna E. Kijas is Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian at the Boston College University Libraries where she collaborates on, provides instruction, and supports a variety of digital projects and pedagogical initiatives. She previously was Scholars’ Collaborative Coordinator and Music and Dramatic Arts Librarian at the University of Connecticut, where she played an integral role in building a community and collaborative to teach digital methods and tools, support, and develop digital humanities projects.
Her research interests include music criticism and reception studies of women musicians during the 19th through early 20th centuries. Kijas has a vested interest in exploration and application of digital humanities tools and methods in historical research, and in the application of standards, including TEI and MEI, for open access research and publishing. She is also interested in supporting sustainable ways of developing digital projects through efforts, such as minimal computing.
Candidate statement: I am honored to have been nominated to serve on the TAPAS Advisory Board. As a digital scholarship librarian and musicologist, I collaborate on interdisciplinary and multi-modal projects with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students as well as staff in libraries, archives, and other departments. Although I have been learning and using TEI for several years, I still consider myself fairly new to TEI. As other encoding and programming standards, I believe TEI encourages closer reading and analysis and acts as a lens for us to investigate and understand texts while simultaneously fostering collaboration, discussion, and community.
One of the promises of TAPAS is to provide a platform for users who create TEI but may not have a place or resources to publish, transform, and render their TEI. I think that this effort is extremely important and also aligns with one of my primary interests in exploring the way that TEI can be taught and used to develop minimal (scholarly) editions by (library) staff, students, and faculty. I became acquainted with TAPAS several years ago while still at the University of Connecticut and after arriving at Boston College in 2015, I was able to demonstrate the value of TAPAS to library administration which led to our official membership of TAPAS and the TEI-C as a library organization. I use TAPAS as a teaching tool at Boston College and have had numerous conversations with TAPAS staff and colleagues about ways to enhance templates, user-interface, and incorporate perspectives around the needs of user communities or disciplinary areas, such as linguistics or music, in order to extend the current possibilities of TAPAS. As a representative and facilitator of these interdisciplinary perspectives and collaborations, I would make sure that these community and disciplinary needs are represented in discussions around future needs and development of TAPAS.
Biographical statement: Domingo Ledezma is Associate professor of Hispanic Studies at Wheaton College, MA. The focus of his research is Early Modern Spanish literature. He is co-editor of the volume of essays El Saber de los Jesuitas, Historias Naturales y el Nuevo Mundo (Iberoamericana / Veuvert, 2005). He has published articles on Literature and Historiography, Natural Histories, and Narratives of Voyages. His current book project deals with using GIS technology to revaluate the Jesuit cartography of the New World .He regularly teaches an introductory Digital Humanities course to promote the infusion of to technology in teaching Spanish Literature and Culture.
Candidate statement: I am honored to have been nominated to serve on the TAPAS Advisory Board. I believe I can contribute to TAPAS scholarly mission because of my pedagogical expertise in using TEI in the Liberal Arts teaching environment. Since 2007 I have consistently worked wit my students using the XML encoding scheme developed by the Text Encoding Initiative to encode Early Modern Spanish texts we analyze in class. My main goal of using TEI for pedagogical purposes is to help students become more knowledgeable regarding the primary text and the context in which it was written. If I become a member of the board I will work in creating, promoting and disseminating pedagogical resources for using in short term classroom projects. I am familiar with TAPAS because I participated in testing this project during its beta phase. My pedagogical expertise provides me a perspective that I consider essential for TAPAS’s academic venture.
Candidate statement: I am happy to accept the nomination for the TAPAS Advisory Board. As a Digital Humanities librarian with the Center for Digital Scholarship at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, I work to encourage and preserve the scholarship of the University with our institutional and data repositories. In my position, I have led TEI workshops exploring the different ways that TEI can enhance humanities research and pedagogy. I am excited for this opportunity to develop infrastructures and best practices to support the sharing and preservation of the TEI documents. To achieve this work, I would bring my expertise as a digital scholarship librarian which includes teaching TEI, creating and using TEI and metadata, and working with an institutional repository that supports open access.
Biographical statement: Judith Siefring is Head of Digital Research at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. She is responsible for the Bodleian's digital research project portfolio, and works in partnership with academic researchers, librarians, technologists, and students. She previously worked as a digital editor on a number of TEI-based text encoding projects, including the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP).
Candidate statement: I would be very pleased to serve on the TAPAS Advisory Board. I am and have been involved in several TEI projects at the Bodleian Libraries, and am keen to engage in discussion as to how institutions can best serve their users in terms of transcribed text and metadata storage and delivery platforms. These are areas of particular interest within the Bodleian as we seek to develop our digital portfolio, and I would like to engage with the wider community about the challenges involved and the best practices that emerge.
Biographical statement: Lee Zickel is the Humanities and Social Sciences Technologist for Case Western Reserve University’s UTech and a doctoral candidate in Multidisciplinary Studies. His work for Tech centers on supporting faculty, research staff, and graduate students using campus cyberinfrastructure by providing consulting, programming, and other assistance in identifying and using UTech resources for research and by providing advanced consulting to identify, investigate, and resolve problems encountered. His doctoral work investigates the ramifications of analyzing boardgame play as a kind of communicative joint activity in which the game props (the cards, board, pieces, etc.) are both objects of joint attention and, collectively, a material anchor that serves as a locus of external cognition and a focus of distributed cognition.
Lee has led numerous TEI workshops at CWRU and has been teaching the Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application course at DHSI with Dr. Constance Crompton for two years. Their forthcoming chapter “XML and The TEI” in Digital Humanities for Literary Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practices (James O’Sullivan, ed.) is currently at press.
Candidate statement: The possibility of assisting with TAPAS as a member of the Advisory Board aligns well with my desire to see TEI more ubiquitously available and accessible, particularly to institutions without significant DH support. A platform whose primary purpose is to store, publish, and share TEI data fills a significant gap in the TEI “universe.” I would welcome the chance to help advance TAPAS. I believe my experience as both a student and instructor of TEI will help me make an informed contribution. So too will my experience in a University position that requires frequent interaction with my institution’s faculty, staff, students, and administration.