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Web service correspSearch (beta version) now online

Dear colleagues,

With the new web service “correspSearch” (http://correspsearch.bbaw.de) you may search within the metadata of various scholarly letter editions with regard to senders, addressees, as well as places and time of origin. For this purpose, a website and an application programming interface (API) are provided.

The web service assembles and analyzes data which is based on the projected TEI module “correspDesc” (proposed by the TEI SIG Correspondence). With correspDesc it is possible to record metadata of scholarly letter editions in a homogeneous way. It involves the usage of standardized ids (GND, VIAF etc.) for unambiguous referencing of persons and locations. This approach facilitates the interchange of data among letter editions. The proposal of the module “correspDesc” is currently being examined and evaluated by the TEI Council.

The data basis of this web service are digital indexes of letters provided by the hosts of printed or digital scholarly letter editions. Any printed or digital scholarly edition may register their indexes of letters in correspDesc format at the correspSearch web service. (see http://correspsearch.bbaw.de/index.xql?id=participate)

This web service is developed and provided by the TELOTA initiative at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in cooperation with the TEI SIG Correspondence and other scholars.

Please note that this web service is as “beta version” currently still under development.

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DC-2014 Special Session: RDF Application Profiles and Tools for Metadata Validation and Quality Control

RDF Application Profiles and Tools for Metadata Validation and Quality Control
Half-day Special Session @ DC-2014
Thursday, 9 October 2014 – 1:30-5:00
LOCATION: Austin, Texas, USA
VENUE: AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center (http://www.meetattexas.com/)
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2014
REGISTRATION:  http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/index/pages/view/registration-2014 (Thursday day-rate option available)

Session Abstract: 
This session will focus on establishing requirements for implementing Application Profiles from the perspective of software developers. In particular, our interests include the requirements necessary for performing validation and quality checks within tools, and the extent to which established and developing constraint languages remain valuable in our context.
Scope and Motivation: 
Over the last fourteen years, the DCMI community has focused much of its efforts on the development of Application Profiles as a means to enable reuse of properties across multiple schemas, as well as constraint languages to express those profiles. Building on the DC-2013 special session Application Profiles as an Alternative to OWL Ontologies, this session will explore the requirements for defining and implementing Application Profiles from the perspective of software developers and other implementers. In particular, our session will focus on the requirements necessary for performing validation and quality checks within tools, and the extent to which established and developing constraint languages, such as Description Set Profiles and Shape Expressions/RDF Data Shapes, remain valuable in our context.
Confirmed Panelists:
  • Mark Matienzo (mark@matienzo.org), DPLA, USA (Facilitator)
  • Kevin Ford, Library of Congress, USA
  • Thomas Johnson, Oregon State University, USA
  • Eric Miller, Zepheira, USA
  • David Wood, 3 Round Stones, USA
Open Questions Guiding the Session:
  1. How can Application Profile-based validation provide meaningful feedback to a user editing a “record” or set of statements?
  2. From the perspective of an implementor, what do we mean by “validation,” and does this mean different things from the perspective of implementers building user-facing tools or automated systems to perform these checks?
  3. How are existing constraint languages valuable to implementers, particularly if the tools we are building cannot interpret or act on them natively?
  4. Should we prioritize developing tools that can interpret serialized constraint definitions, or ensuring that our tools and systems can serialize their constraints into one of these languages?
Special Session Sponsors:
  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
  • DCMI Technical Board
You can register using the day-rate option to DC-2014 or join us for the full DC-2014 program at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/index/pages/view/registration-2014.
Don’t procrastinate, register now! The Conference discount hotel block rate at the AT&T Center ends 12 September . This Special Session and DC-2014 Conference cap the second week of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (http://www.aclfestival.com/) and hotel rooms will become increasingly scarce as the Conference dates approaches.
Mark Matienzo
   Director of Technology, DPLA

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DC-2014 in Austin, Texas, USA–Early Registration closing soon

DC-2014: “Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory”
DATES:   8-11 October 20114
LOCATION: Austin, Texas, USA
It is just under two weeks until the closing of Early Registration for DC-2014, the International Conference on Dublin Core & Metadata Applications.  If you work or study in any sector of the metadata ecosystem, you will not want to miss DC-2014 in Austin, Texas.  In addition to an excellent set of peer reviewed full papers, project reports and posters, there is an an array of pre- and post-Conference tutorials and workshops, Conference Special Sessions and Best Practices Posters & Demonstrations:
Tutorials & Workshops:
  • Fonds & Bonds: Archival Metadata, Tools, and Identity Management  (full day workshop at the Harry Ransom Center)
  • Training the Trainers for Linked Data  (full day, hands-on workshop)
  • RDF Validation in the Cultural Heritage Community  (1/2 day tutorial)
  • Overview: Positioning DCMI & Dublin Core in the Metadata Ecosystem  (1/2 day tutorial)
Special Sessions:
  • RDF Application Profiles and Tools for Metadata Validation and Quality Control (sponsored by Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) & DCMI Technical Board)
  • Schema.org, SchemaBibExtend — Structured Data on the Web (sponsored by OCLC & Yandex)
  • BIBFRAME — Expressing and Connecting Bibliographic Data (sponsored by the Library of Congress)
  • DCMI Roundtable (experts on BIBFRAME, Europeana Data Model (EDM), DPLA Metadata Application Profile (MAP), Schema.org/SchemaBibExtend, and more — sponsored by DCMI/Technical Board)
The program is available at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/program14 and the papers, project report and poster abstracts are available at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/abstracts-2014.
Don’t procrastinate, register now! The Conference weekend caps the second week of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (http://www.aclfestival.com/) and hotel rooms will become increasingly scarce as Conference time approaches.


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Register for TAPAS Workshop at TEI 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As you clarify your plans for attending the 2014 TEI Conference ( October 22-24 ), the TAPAS project team hopes you will consider attending our inaugural workshop on Saturday, October 25 as part of the conference’s annual workshop series (http://tei.northwestern.edu/workshops/).

This one-day workshop, led by Syd Bauman and Julia Flanders, will introduce participants to the full range of TAPAS services for archiving, sharing, transforming, and publishing TEI data. Conversations and hands-on activities will also focus on topics in metadata, TEI validation and troubleshooting, and incorporating TAPAS into TEI project workflows.

For more information on our workshop, please see our news writeup athttp://www.tapasproject.org/news/2014/07/09/inaugural-tapas-workshop-2014-tei-conference-northwestern-university-saturday.

To register, please email us at tei.publishing@gmail.com, with the subject line: Register | October 2014 TAPAS Workshop. Please be sure to include your full name and, if applicable, institutional affiliation.

Benjamin J. Doyle
English Department
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue, 439 Holmes Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 714.640.4798

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Early Registration Discount for TEI 2014 Conference Ends August 31st

Dear Colleague,

a quick reminder that the Early Registration discount of 20% for the 2014
TEI conference will end  August 31, 2014 .If you register before
that deadline you save yourself a little money, and you give the
conference organizers very useful information about how many people to
plan for. For your sake and ours, please take advantage of the discount
and register at https://www.conftool.net/tei2014/

Conference papers will run from Wednesday morning ( October 22 ) to Friday
noon ( October 24 ). The annual TEI members meeting is scheduled for Friday,
October 24, 9 am. A list of plenary sessions and  papers is available at
the conference web site http://tei.northwestern.edu/keynote-speakers and
http://tei.northwestern.edu/papers/. I expect to publish the actual
schedule in the second week of September.

In previous years, workshops have been held before the conference. This
year they will be held on Saturday, October 25 , following the conference.
For a list of the workshops and their times, consult the program at

For hotel information consult http://tei.northwestern.edu/local-info/.
Getting from O’Hare airport to Evanston is uncomplicated and usually a
matter of less than an hour. More details about this later.

Best wishes for what little remains of the summer.

Martin Mueller, Chair, Program Committee, 2014 TEI Conference
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University


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ETCL Web Developer / Programmer Job Posting

The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria is looking for a full-time (35 hours per week) web programmer to work with its team on several initiatives, including:

• developing digital humanities projects within an academic
framework, and

• assisting in the development of plugins and features for an online
journal environment.

The ETCL is a leading-edge Humanities research lab, working on a variety of exciting projects. Self-motivated personalities are essential. Individual development and new ideas are encouraged. Read more about us at


Experience & Qualifications:

The successful candidate should have completed a computer science or other relevant degree program and have demonstrated experience in the followingtools and technologies:

- Strong programming fundamentals and experience with the following:

• Current web development technology, including PHP, and JavaScript.
• XML/XSLT/HTML5/CSS3 and W3C Standards

• Relational databases, including design, in the context of literary analysis (esp. MySQL and PostgreSQL)

• Content management systems or similar, including WordPress and Drupal

• Apache, and Linux server administration

- Commitment to and interest in contributing to Free or Open Source Software (F/OSS)

- Experience in distributed collaboration using git, mailing lists, and issue tracking software

- Additional consideration given for:

• Knowledge of, or experience with, Public Knowledge Project software (e.g. Open Journal Systems) or a similar open source project is valuable but not necessary

• Experience with current interface development using AJAX, JQuery,
Bootstrap or similar tools

• Experience with other relevant technologies, such as Python, Ruby on
Rails, Elasticsearch

• Experience with graphic design in a web-based context

• Experience with Solr and Tika

• Experience with OpenID Connect and/or other SSO technologies

The ability and desire to learn technologies on this list that the candidate lacks is an asset.

Position Duties:

• Develop and implement database-driven websites in a humanities
research context

• Conduct open-source software research

• Participate in meetings and constructive discussion with other team

• Engage in requirement elicitation

• Offer consultation, technical planning, and project solutions

• Understand humanities concepts and find ways to realize them as
technical solutions

• Develop plugins, new features, and integrations in and with Open Journal Systems and other open source tools

• Provide reporting and documentation

This contractual position is initially for an 8-month term, from September 2014 to April 2015, with possibility of renewal. Salary for this position is competitive in the academic market and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applications, comprising a brief cover letter, a resume, links to completed projects, PHP code samples, and the names and contact information for at least two referees, may be sent electronically to etcl@uvic.ca. Applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate, in the university context, with expertise and experience.

Position subject to funding approval.

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Call for application — internship/position on LMF-TEI

Short-term research internship/position — Comparing and Improving Lexical Representation Standards

Inria is looking for a highly motivated young researcher (PhD or PhD Student) to provide an in-depth analysis of the ISO 24613 (Lexical Markup Framework – LMF) and its current application in both the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines and the W3C OntoLex initiative.

The researcher’s background and skills should comprise:

- Research interest in lexical information (from a lexicographic, corpus linguistic or computational linguistic viewpoint). The researcher may work on his/her own data.

- Understanding of data modeling in XML and/or OWL, with basic skills in XSLT. Experience with XML schema languages is a plus.

The core activity of the short research stay will be to examine how well the LMF meta-model is reflected in the TEI guidelines and the current OntoLex specification, in order to create a customisation of the TEI guidelines that has at least the same coverage as the Ontolex specification. The work will include gathering lexical samples that could serve as a proof of concept for this customisation.

Salary: may range from 1100€ to 2100€ (after deductions) depending on status and experience

Duration: 5-month employment, starting as soon as possible

Location: Berlin (Germany) with the work contract established in France. Depending on the current location and constraints of the applicant, the precise organisation of work can be subject to further agreements.

Contact: application comprising research CV and motivation letter should be sent tolaurent.romary@inria.fr

Background reading:

Laurent Romary. TEI and LMF crosswalks. Stefan Gradmann and Felix Sasaki. Digital Humanities: Wissenschaft vom Verstehen, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, to appear —http://hal.inria.fr/hal-00762664

Laurent Romary, Werner Wegstein. Consistent modelling of heterogeneous lexical structures. Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, TEI Consortium, 2012 —http://hal.inria.fr/hal-00704511

Lothar Lemnitzer, Laurent Romary, Andreas Witt. Representing human and machine dictionaries in Markup languages. Ulrich Heid. Dictionaries. An International Encyclopedia of Lexicography. Supplementary volume: Recent developments with special focus on computational lexicography, Mouton de Gruyter, 2014 —http://hal.inria.fr/inria-00441215

John McCrae, Dennis Spohr, Philipp Cimiano, “Linking Lexical Resources and Ontologies on the Semantic Web with Lemon”, in The Semantic Web: Research and Applications, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 6643, 2011, pp 245-259

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Three New TEI Projects Posted

Dear Colleagues,

Three new TEI-based project descriptions have been posted to the TEI website:




Yours in Social Media,
Paul O’Shea

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Call for Nominations

Dear members of the TEI community,

The Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C) invites nominations for election to the TEI-C Board (4 positions available) and Technical Council (5 positions available).  Following the recent revision of the bylaws, 5 positions are vacant on the Council and 4 positions are available on the TEI-C Board. Nominations for these should be sent to the nomination committee at nominations@tei-c.org by  August 30, 2014 .  The elections will take place via electronic voting prior to the annual Members’ Meeting in October 2014.

Nominations should include an email address for the nominee and should indicate whether the nomination is for Board or Council. 
Self-nominations are welcome and common; TEI-C membership is not a requirement to serve on the Board or Council. All nominees should provide a brief statement of interest and biographical paragraph, and notice that, if elected, they will be willing to serve. Example candidates’ biographies from a previous election can be found at <http://www.tei-c.org/Membership/Meetings/2012/mm58.xml>. 
  • The TEI-C Board is the governing body for the TEI Consortium, and is responsible for its strategic and financial oversight. The Board conducts its business by email correspondence, occasional telephone conferences, and at its annual meeting, for which travel subsidies are available. We are seeking 4 new members, 3 of which will be elected for 2 years and 1 for one year only. The duration of the term will be determined by the number of votes attributed to each candidate, as decided at the Members’ Meeting 2013. 
  • The TEI-C Technical Council oversees the technical development of the TEI Guidelines. Candidates for Council should be reasonably experienced users of the Guidelines, and expertise/interest in specific areas is helpful. Council members also evaluate bug reports and feature requests, and have primary responsibility for editing and updating the Guidelines and its release packages.  Prospective candidates should be available for subsidized travel to one or two face-to-face meetings annually, and should be able to commit to ongoing work  during the course of the year. We are seeking 5 new members.
Once we will receive a nomination, the named person by  September 15, 2014   will be asked to:
- formally accept the nomination
- provide a biography and a statement of purpose. Candidates may wish to indicate whether they can expect institutional support for their service if elected (e.g., time allowance for service, help with expenses).
All nominees, regardless of their origin, should be reminded very strongly that members of the Board and Council are expected to participate actively in the discussion, activities, and meetings of their respective body.
For more information on the Board, including a list of current members, please see: <http://www.tei-c.org/About/board.xml>.
For more information on the Council, including a list of current members, please see: <http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/Council/index.xml>.
Service in either group is an opportunity to help the TEI grow and serve its members better. If you have ideas about how to make the TEI stronger or can help it do a better job, please nominate yourself! Or, if you know someone who you think could contribute to TEI, nominate him or her.
Thank you,
Elena Pierazzo, chair of the 2014 TEI nominating committee 

Dr Elena Pierazzo
Department of Digital Humanities
King’s College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5RL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1949


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3 Open DH Positions in Berlin

Dear Colleagues,

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) is looking for three Digital Humanities specialists.
Further information (in German) can be found in the detailed job descriptions:

TELOTA (The electronic life of the academy) – full time, fixed-term until 31/12/2015

Person data repository – part time, fixed-term for one year

Music Migrations in the Early Modern Age – part time, fixed-term until 31/08/2016

Best regards,
Alexander Czmiel

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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 http://tei.northwestern.edu/ 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 http://members.tei-c.org/Events/meetings

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@tei-c.org) 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 http://members.tei-c.org/hosting

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


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TEI Hackathon: Report by Elli Bleeker

Name: Elli Bleeker

Twitter: @ellibleeker

Email: elli.bleeker@uantwerpen.be


Working group project: ODD visualization


Contribution to group project: in comparison with the other participants, my experience with and knowledge of ODD and JSON was limited. Since it is very useful for anyone working with TEI XML to have at least a basic understanding of these concepts, I was happy to join this working group. At first, my contribution was mainly asking -perhaps obvious- questions about ODD. I’d like to think however that these questions helped to narrow down our goal. At least it was necessary to clearly describe the present state-of-the-art, what is missing, and why an ODD visualizer would be a welcome addition. During the workshop, I assisted with the creation of test data (several project-specific ODD, their transformation to flat ODD and subsequently to JSON); contributed on the design of the treemap and participated in the group discussions.



The general idea and necessity of an ODD visualization was quickly explained, so the group focused on what exactly needs to be visualized and especially, how. The current ODD visualizer of Byzantium does not show the amount of customization. Moreover, it is useful to see on which specific areas the ODD focuses. We were quick in dividing into three smaller groups, each with specific assigned roles depending on our pre-existing knowledge and capabilities.

We decided upon a D3 zoomable treemap for the visualization of the amount of customization. The treemap shows how elements are grouped as well as –by their size or color- to what extent the elements are customized. The zoomable option could also allow to ‘zoom in’ on the customized elements to see the exact changes made.


Final Product

For all the deliverables (Google doc, Github, demo…), see the reports of the other group members.


Learning Outcomes

It was a very useful experience for me to work on this project. Although from time to time intimidating, the immediate jump from theory to practice was the best way to learn the concept (ODD, flat ODD, TEI schema, JSON, etc…) and to understand the workflow of the different processes. Having to think about the visualization of something that I was not familiar with helped me a great deal in understanding it. Whether the resulting visualization is as clear and useful for others remains to be tested. Nevertheless it is clear that this could be a necessary tool for users of TEI, regardless of their level of experience.

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TEI Hackathon: Report by Elena Spadini

Name: Elena Spadini,
Twitter: @spadinelena
Email: elena.spadini@huygens.knaw.nl

Project:  ODD visualization

Contribution: Discussion of the different steps with all the others.

Transformation from .odd to flat odd and then to .json

Contribution to the final design.


All links are available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u77xtS1WncnkjCwR9CpTfOYeW65q7meaXz7PM-Y5Tno/edit#heading=h.6w2vysqik2f4


Final Product



We first discussed if and why it is interesting to have an ODD visualization. It can be useful both during the transcription stage, during which probably the schema continues to evolve; at the end of the process, to check immediatly and intuitive which are the mark-up “zones” where the customization was mainly working; to compare easily different customizations.

We found that the xslt from .odd to .json doesn’t take into account all datas: for instance, if a list of values for an attribute is closed or not and which are the mandatory ones or the suggested ones.

Learning outcomes

Discover the existence of some resources, as the d3 gallery (https://github.com/mbostock/d3/wiki/Gallery) or the tapasproject.org

Use for the first time new resources, as the different xslt stylesheets for TEI.

Most of all: enjoyng the discussion with scholars with different professional skills and approaches.


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TEI Hackathon: Report by Raffaele Viglianti

Name: Raffaele Viglianti
twitter: @raffazizzi
The project
We wanted to visualize some aspects of a given ODD specification to aid the creation process, or to help the understanding of someone else’s ODD.
There are some precedent attempts at doing this: Byzantium (http://tei.it.ox.ac.uk/Byzantium/) already visualizes basic information about what your ODD includes or excludes; Gregor Middell’s visualization (http://gregor.middell.net/roma/) already shows relationships between classes and elements in TEI.
We attempted to quantify *how much* an ODD has been customized and show graphically which parts have been curated more and which less.
My contribution
I worked on the architecture of this small app and programmed a scoring system that we previously sketched as a group.
First, the app imports a JSON version of the full TEI P5 ODD; then it imports the compiled ODD of a customization (in JSON).
Second, the ODDs are compared and scoring is calculated for each TEI element. These are the changes affecting the score (in parenthesis there are changes discussed, but not implemented):
* changed element description
* added attribute
* added attribute *value* (e.g. by restricting values for @type) <— this is by far the most common change
* (added elements)
* (added constraint / schematron rule)
* (number of examples provided via <exemplum>)
Finally, the resulting object is passed on to a d3.js component for visualization (Nick worked on that part)
ODD being visualized (prepared by James Cummings): https://github.com/raffazizzi/Hackathon/blob/master/odd/test-odds/james.odd
Findings / goal
ODD is difficult and associate with advanced TEI users. But it needs to be the gateway to TEI and a constant companion to the life of a TEI project. We’ve been trying to figure out whether visualization can make ODD clearer and less daunting. Hard to tell with our simple visualization, but I think we had a consensus in the group that this is the way forward.
Not neglecting the power users, we think that visualizing ODDs can also help understanding other people’s usage of TEI, particularly when operating on a corpus created by someone else (cfr. Syd Bauman’s concept of “blind interchange“).
What did I learn
I learned that there is willingness to make ODD more accessible across the board; that the official JSON conversion from ODD needs improvement; and that underscore.js has some nice functional methods to deal with collections.

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TEI Hackathon: Report by Nick Laiacona


Nick Laiacona, Performant Software Solutions LLC (www.performantsoftware.com)

Working Group Project: 

I worked on the ODD Visualizer project.

Contribution to Group Project:

I adapted the D3 Tree View to work with the data model we developed to characterize the changes to a schema prescribed by a given ODD.

We made use of D3.js, underscore.js, Git Hub, Google Docs. Links to Git repo and our working document are on the TEI Hackathon Wiki page.
(i): Deliverable(s)
We produced a working D3 visualization (http://tei.it.ox.ac.uk/Hackathon/odd/visualizer/index.html) and source code for it which is found on GitHub.
(ii): Findings
For me, I didn’t have a specific research question that was addressed by this activity, but nevertheless it was quite worthwhile.
(iii): Learning Outcomes 
I think it was very useful to learn more about ODD structure and capabilities from the experts.



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BaseX 7.9: The Summer Edition

Dear XML aficionados,

in the midst of summertime, we provide you with a new version of BaseX,
our XML database system and XQuery 3.0 processor. This is what you get:

– Unit testing has been improved a lot. All test functions will now be
evaluated separately; this way, updates can be performed within
– with the new TEST command, all test modules in a specified directory
can be evaluated.
– tests can be invoked from within the GUI editor and project view.
– on command-line, the -t flag can be used for the same purpose.

– Custom HTTP methods can be defined via %rest:method
– Error handling has been improved and aligned with try/catch

– The “run” operation allows execution of server-side command scripts

– parsing options added to db:create, db:add and db:replace

As usual, various minor bugs and inconsistencies have been fixed in
the latest version; check out our documentation and the GitHub
history for more details.

The latest version is available at http://basex.org.
We are looking forward to your feedback,

Christian Grün
BaseX Team
Email: christian.gruen@uni-konstanz.de

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Edirom Summer School 2014 – Course Program and Registration

Dear colleagues,
please let me inform you about the course program and registration deadline ( 31 July 2014 ) of this year’s Edirom-Summer-School (ESS), which will take place  8  to  12 September 2014  at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute (University of Paderborn, Germany). ESS is co-organized by the Virtual Research Group Edirom (University of Paderborn) and the german eHumanities project DARIAH-DE.

The scope of courses (mostly held in german) reaches from introductions to the DARIAH-DE Infrastructure, to Concepts of Digital Music Editions and to the markup standards of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) respectively the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI), across working with software tools for editorial purposes (Edirom Tools), up to courses dealing with more advanced topics in these fields like the rendering of MEI encodings. This year two courses will be especially held in english language (MEI Introduction and Rendering MEI). The Edirom User Forum will provide time to get in touch with music edition projects using the Edirom Tools.
Students can apply for one student bursary provided by the EADH’s Small Grants Program (http://eadh.orgto support ESS attendance. Details about application, ESS course program and registration can be found on the ESS-Website http://ess.upb.de .
In case of any questions concerning ESS2014, please feel free to contact the organization team at ess@edirom.de
The Virtual Research Group Edirom is based at the Musicology Seminar Detmold/Paderborn, which is a co-faculty of the University of Paderborn and the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. Please find further information at http://www.edirom.de.
DARIAH-DE is the German part of the EU eHumanities research project Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Please find further information at http://de.dariah.eu.
For the ESS organization team
Nikolaos Beer
Nikolaos Beer M.A.
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
und Verbundstelle Musikedition
Universität Paderborn
Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar Detmold/Paderborn
Gartenstraße 20
D-32756 Detmold

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Call for TAPAS project early adopters

The project developers for the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS) are still seeking TEI project teams to participate as early adopters of the TAPAS service for the next phase of project development.

TAPAS Project Background

TAPAS is the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service for scholars and other creators of TEI data who need a place to publish their materials in different forms and ensure it remains accessible over time. TAPAS also provides a support community of other project developers and TEI experts enthusiastic about sharing their technical and experiential knowledge of all things TEI.

We invite you to visit tapasproject.org/ for more information on the project, its development, and participation opportunities.

Early Adopter Phase of TAPAS

We are currently transitioning out of the beta testing phase of the project and into an important next phase where we are inviting TEI project teams to begin using the TAPAS service and contribute real projects and collections to the site. By “real” projects and collections, we mean full-fledged TAPAS projects and collections built with non-test TEI data that can remain as live projects on the TAPAS site once TAPAS goes public. As a note, your TEI data need not be fully complete, as your projects will necessarily be works in progress, but this data should not be test or placeholder data.

By launch time, we would like to have at least 35 projects visible with working collections, metadata, and TEI data. Your contributed projects will help demonstrate for future users the capabilities and value of the TAPAS service, and provide a more welcoming environment for people to join. As an early adopter, you will have the wonderful opportunity to showcase your work. Your project would be featured in TAPAS publicity and would receive high visibility as a featured project on the TAPAS site.

Becoming a TAPAS Early Adopter

If you are interested in serving as an early adopter, here’s what we would need you to do:


  • Email us (info@tapasproject.org) and we will forward you information on how to access the TAPAS site and create an account
  • create a new TAPAS project with full project information (description, logo, one or more project participants)
  • create at least one TAPAS collection with full collection information (description, metadata, publication settings)
  • upload one or more TEI files for that collection with full metadata, ideally including some fairly detailed subject and genre metadata


In order to participate, you will need to have a current TEI membership, either as an individual ($50) or through your institution. Membership provides critical support for both the TEI and TAPAS, so we hope you may consider joining or rejoining if you’re not currently a TEI member.

We hope very much that you will be able to join the TAPAS community of early adopters–if you are able to, please respond to info@tapasproject.organd we will send you more details about how to proceed.




Benjamin J. Doyle

TAPAS Project Manager

Northeastern University


Email: Info@tapasproject.org

Twitter: @TAPAS_Project

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CFP: Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium

Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy & Practices
6-7 November 2014

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library welcomes proposals for panels, papers, and presentations that address pedagogical approaches for using digital tools in humanities, science, and social science classrooms. Submission topics may include (but are not limited to) instructional methodologies and strategies for:

  • introducing undergraduate and graduate students to digital tools and methodologies for research (visualization, data mining, scholarly editing, TEI encoding, mapping, analyzing text, managing data, curating data, building digital exhibits/collections)
  • incorporating digital projects into existing course syllabi
  • advising digital dissertations, theses, or capstone projects
  • training students to work on extracurricular projects
  • collaborating with libraries and/or digital scholarship centers
  • training faculty in digital research, project management, and data curation

Please submit 250-word abstracts and technology requirements to Amanda Koziura (amanda.koziura@case.edu) by  16 July 2014 . Accepted panels, papers, and presentations will be notified by  15 August 2014 . All presenters will be responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

URL: http://library.case.edu/fccoll


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CFP: Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin 2014/15

Dear all,

I’m delighted to announce the CFP of the 3rd term of our Digital
Classicist Seminar in Berlin. Please see below, and kindly forward the
information to all colleagues who might be interested.

On behalf of the Organising Committee,
Fabian Körner.

[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].

[1] http://de.digitalclassicist.org/berlin/
[2] http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/
[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.
[4] http://de.digitalclassicist.org/berlin/submit
[5] http://journal.topoi.org/


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].

[1] http://de.digitalclassicist.org/berlin/
[2] http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/
[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.
[4] http://de.digitalclassicist.org/berlin/submit
[5] http://journal.topoi.org/

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DiXiT camp on XML/TEI editing

Dear colleagues,

the second DiXiT camp (14 – 19 September 2014) on XML/TEI for Digital Scholarly Editions at the University of Graz (Austria) organized by the Centre for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities is now open for applications!

— please circulate widely! —

XML/TEI for Digital Scholarly Editions – Standards, tools and software, 14 – 19 September 2014, Graz (Austria)

We are very pleased to announce the second DiXiT camp on  XML/TEI for Digital Scholarly Editions – Standards, tools and software funded by the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT), and run by the Centre for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (http://informationsmodellierung.uni-graz.at/de/) in collaboration with the University of Oxford, the University of Cologne, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences,SynchRO, TEI-C, and Text Grid. The course will be held at the University of Graz (Karl-Franzens-Universität) from 14th to 19th September 2014.

DiXiT is an international network of high-profile institutions that are actively involved in the creation and publication of digital scholarly editions and offers a training and research programme in the multi-disciplinary skills, technologies, theories, and methods of digital scholarly editing. DiXiT is funded under Marie Curie Actions within the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.

The second DiXiT camp will be an intensive training on XML TEI P5 for Digital Scholarly Editions and on standards, tools and software for creating digital editions. It will provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in creating digital editions using the open international encoding standard XML TEI P5. Basics of representing textual phenomena and features for the description, transcription and representation of primary sources will be covered, from data input to publication.

The lectures will be held by experts from the DiXiT partners and will cover the following areas:

·                  General introduction on XML TEI P5

·                  Transcription and editorial interventions

·                  Critical apparatus

·                  Genetic editing

·                  Tools for digital editing

·                  Customization of the TEI schema

·                  Workflow and solutions to create an online presentation out of TEI

·                  Metadata standards

·                  Edition beyond text: image-text-linkage and music editions


Evening lectures on use cases will accompany the morning and afternoon sessions. Besides the Shelly-Godwin Archive (http://shelleygodwinarchive.org), two editing projects from Graz, Hugo von Montfort – the poetic work (http://gams.uni-graz.at/me) and the Moral Weeklies in Romance-speaking Europe (http://gams.uni-graz.at/mws) will serve as examples for different editing scopes.

The DiXiT camp on XML TEI P5 for Digital Scholarly Editions – Standards, tools and software is open to all students registered for postgraduate and in particular doctoral programs (PhD or equivalent) anywhere in the world with basic experience in scholarly editing. The course will strongly focus on practical exercise. We will therefore prefer applications which can bring own material for the exercises. All teaching will be in English.

The course offers 25 positions from which twelve are reserved for DiXiT fellows, leaving 13 vacancies for other applicants. Participants will be required to arrange their own accommodation and travel to Graz, but there will be no fee for the course itself. Some bursaries will be available for travel and accommodation.

For further details and the provisional schedule see http://informationsmodellierung.uni-graz.at/de/forschen/dixit/ .

Applications close on 28 July 2014 and early registration is highly recommended. Please use the application form at < http://informationsmodellierung.uni-graz.at/de/forschen/dixit/  > and send it to dixit@uni-graz.at.


Best wishes,

Frederike Neuber





Frederike Neuber

DiXiT – Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network


Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung

Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities

Universität Graz

A-8010 Graz | Merangasse 70


eMail: frederike.neuber@uni-graz.at

tel.: +43 (0)316 380 – 8014

Web: dixit.uni-koeln.de | informationsmodellierung.uni-graz.at

Blog: dixit.hypotheses.org

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DiXiT Fellowship in Cologne: “Tool integration in the digital edition” (12 months)

The Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH) at the University of Cologne is offering a Marie Curie fellowship for an Experienced Researcher:

“Tool integration in the digital edition”
(full-time; fixed-term employment for 12 months, starting  1st November 2014 ).

Specifications of the Fellowship

The research project should encompass one or more of the following topics:
– Study, assessment, evaluation, theorization of the integration and possible enhancement of tools in digital editions in general
– Case studies (empirical survey, methodological discussion, sketch for future developments, practical development and implementation) on single fields of tool integration in scholarly editions or editorial work environments, like personalization, rendering of text presentation, image manipulation, transcription, annotation, text analysis, geocoding, lexicon lookup, services for the integration of external knowledge resources (e.g. controlled vocabularies, bibliographic data)
– Visualization of textual relations in scholarly editions using network analysis and visualization tools; connection of editions to tools like Voyant, Juxta-Commons or CollateX etc.

Professional Qualifications

- Relevant doctoral degree (or at least four years of research experience)
– Preferably prior experience with digitization, tools in editing, digital scholarship, scholarly editing.
– Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of German is not required.

Formal Requirements

This position is funded through the Marie Curie Initial Training Network “DiXiT”. For details, see

Applicants must
– be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
– also have less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.
– not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organization (i.e. Germany) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
– be willing to spend up to 3 months of their tenure at the Huygens Institute (Netherlands).

Application Deadline:  15th August 2014

Applications, including a letter of intent, CV, scan of diploma and relevant certificates must be sent by e-mail to

In addition, the mandatory DiXiT application form has to be filled in. It can be found here:
Follow the instructions!

For further information contact the CCeH at
dixit-info@uni-koeln.de or +49 221 470 4056.

Dr. Franz Fischer
Cologne Center for eHumanities / Thomas-Institut
Universität zu Köln, Universitätsstr. 22, D-50923 Köln
Telefon: +49 – (0)221 – 470 – 4056
Email: franz.fischer@uni-koeln.de



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Launch of RIDE – Review Journal for Digital Editions

The Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE) is happy to
announce the launch of a new review journal, RIDE. We aim to make
digital editions and resources more visible and to provide a forum in
which expert peers can evaluate and discuss the efforts of digital
editors in order to improve current practices and advance future
developments. It will do so by asking its reviewers to pay attention not
only to the traditional virtues and vices of any edition, but also to
the evolving methodology and its technical implications.

We would like to bring RIDE to the attention of TEI-L readers, as the
data is TEI encoded and available under CC-BY license.

You can access all reviews at: http://ride.i-d-e.de

You can find out more about the ideas behind RIDE, our methods and
intentions, in the Editorial at: http://ride.i-d-e.de/about/editorial/

We are also looking for contributions. Please see:

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Late-breaking News added to Balisage Program

When the regular (peer-reviewed) part of the Balisage 2014 program was scheduled, a few slots were reserved for presentation of “Late breaking” material.  These presentations have now been selected and added to the program.

Topics added include:

-  Streamable functions in XSLT 3.0
–  Teaching XQuery to (non-programmer) humanists
–  Making XML easy to work with (an easier API for XML than SAX or DOM)
–  Extending the relevance of XPath
–  Identity Constraints for XML
–  Teaching NIEM-based models to XML and NIEM novices
–  Enabling XML entity reference while protecting against data theft and denial-of-service attacks

The program already included talks about  case studies from government, the standards world, big data, and a web-browser game; change tracking and versioning in XML documents; XSLT streamability; new approaches to overlapping data structures; a discussion of MathML technology and practice; and technical papers covering such topics as: Web Components, XForms for editing, RELAX NG for DITA, an XQuery framework, OWL, identity in XML and JSON, and RDF and the Internet of Things. Now it is a real must for anyone who thinks deeply about markup.

Balisage is the XML Geek-fest; the annual gathering of people who design markup and markup-based applications; who develop XML specifications, standards, and tools; the people who read and write, books about publishing technologies in general and XML in particular; and super-users of XML and related technologies. You can read about the Balisage 2011 conference athttp://www.balisage.net.

** Members of the TEI are eligible for discount registration at
** Balisage 2014 and the pre-conference symposium on HTML5 and XML

Program: http://www.balisage.net/2014/Program.html
Registration: http://www.balisage.net/registration.html
Inquiries: info@balisage.net

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2014          mailto:info@balisage.net
August 5-8, 2014                                http://www.balisage.net
Preconference Symposium:  August 4, 2014                 +1 301 315 9631

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