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Versioning Machine and Text Versioning Survey

Dear colleagues,

Karolina Badzmierowska, Roman Bleier and the VM team would be very grateful if you could complete a survey about The Versioning Machine and text

The Versioning Machine (VM) is a framework and an interface for
displaying multiple versions of text encoded according to the Text
Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines. Begun in 2000, there have been
several major updates since then.

Currently they are working on a new version (5.0)  and they are looking to
the community for feedback on the current version and feature requests
for the redevelopment.

We invite you to complete a short survey to guide the redevelopment.
There are a maximum of 27 questions, but it should not take longer than
ten minutes.

Here is the link to the survey:


Many thanks on behalf of Karolina, Roman and the VM team.

Your social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea

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Tweet Chat TODAY!


Our monthly TEI Tweet Chat will be taking place on Twitter at 3pm (GMT) today, Wednesday 19 November, 2014. The topic of the tweet chat is on ‘TEI and Libraries,’ and will be hosted by Paul O’Shea and Kevin Hawkins, the convenor of the Libraries SIG.

You can follow and participate in the Tweet Chat by using the official designated hash tags: #TEIChat and #AskTEI.

Please circulate this information!

Best wishes from your social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea

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CFP: Latin Textual Criticism in the Digital Age

The Digital Latin Library, a joint project of the Society for Classical Studies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Renaissance Society of America, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, announces a seminar on Latin textual criticism in the digital age. The seminar will take place on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the DLL’s host institution, on June 25–26, 2015.

We welcome proposals for papers on all subjects related to the intersection of modern technology with traditional methods for editing Latin texts of all eras. Suggested topics:

  • Keeping the “critical” in digital critical editions
  • The scholarly value of editing texts to be read by humans and machines
  • Extending the usability of critical editions beyond a scholarly audience
  • Visualizing the critical apparatus: moving beyond a print-optimized format
  • Encoding different critical approaches to a text
  • Interoperability between critical editions and other digital resources
  • Dreaming big: a wishlist of features for the optimal digital editing environment

Of particular interest are proposals that examine the scholarly element of preparing a digital edition.

The seminar will be limited to ten participants. Participants will receive a stipend, and all travel and related expenses will be paid by the DLL.

Please send proposals of no more than 650 words to Samuel J. Huskey at dll-seminar@ou.edu by December 1, 2014. Notification of proposal status will be sent in early January.

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Issue 7 Journal of the TEI

Colleagues — I am delighted to announce that Issue 7 of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative is now available from the the Journal’s site,


Entitled ‘Reaching Out, Opting In, this issue was based on an open call for papers. The four articles in this issue deal with several meta concerns of the community and make for provocative and thoughtful reading.

It also marks the last issue that I have overseen as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. I thank all of you, as authors, reviewers, and guest editors who have worked with the Journal editors to make it such a success. I also thank my fellow editors who have been a pleasure to work with and who have worked tirelessly for the Journal.

John Walsh is taking over from me as Editor-in-Chief. I wish him the very best. I am sure under his leadership the Journal will go from success to success.

with all best wishes


Susan Schreibman
Professor of Digital Humanities
Director of An Foras Feasa
Iontas Building
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Maynooth, Co. Kildare

email: susan.schreibman@nuim.ie
phone: +353 1 708 3451
fax:  +353 1 708 4797

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HisTEI: An Oxygen framework for historical documents encoded in TEI

Dear all,
Begin forwarded message:
I just wanted to let everyone know about a new framework we’ve been working on for Oxygen called HisTEI (i.e. Historical TEI). It’s aimed at making historical documents easier to transcribe using TEI in the Oxygen Author view. The idea is that this view is much easier for typical Humanities researchers to use.
For installation instructions, check out the Wiki on GitHub. You can use the base framework (called HisTEI) to try it out. We are happy to help create a specific framework for your project as well.

We warmly welcome any new participants on the project or any tips that might improve what we have already!


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Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement

Dear colleagues,

I would like to pass along this announcement that was posted at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship:

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in Digital Humanities Publishing beginning September 1, 2015 . The position is available for one year with a possible renewal for a second year at the discretion of the ECDS. We welcome candidates who hold (or will hold by May 2015) a PhD in an interdisciplinary humanities field and, given the scope of the fellow’s duties (below), a terminal degree in music. Expertise in nineteenth and twentieth century US southern hymnody is preferred. Applicants should have received their PhD no earlier than January 1, 2013, and should have experience with scholarly digital humanities projects. We particularly encourage candidates whose digital humanities experience includes editing and publishing digital scholarly editions and who possess an awareness of recent technological developments in digital scholarly editing and publishing.

The postdoctoral fellow will be in residence at Emory University. The stipend for the fellow is $50,000 annually (plus benefits). The fellow’s duties will include coordinating the editing and annotation of a digital scholarly edition featuring an exemplary text drawn from the corpus of nineteenth and twentieth century US southern hymnody. The fellow will also coordinate the development and adaptation of a tool to facilitate the publication of an edition of this work. The fellow will work with a competitively selected group of scholars to supervise the editing of a series of digital scholarly editions in the area of nineteenth and twentieth century US southern hymnody focusing on the renowned collection of Emory University’s Pitts Theology Library. The fellow will report to the co-directors of the ECDS.

More information can be found here:


Best wishes from your social media coordinator,

Paul O’Shea

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NEH ODH Institute for Community College Faculty

Dear colleagues,

(Please forgive cross-postings and feel free to circulate widely.)

COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACULTY INTERESTED IN DIGITAL HUMANITIES? Applications are now open for the NEH Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities Summer Institute, to be held at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, July 13-17, 2015 .  The institute, entitled, “Digital Humanities at Community Colleges: Beyond Pockets of Innovation, Toward a Community of Practice,” is open to all full-time and part-time community college humanities faculty.  Participants receive a stipend, and travel and lodging costs are reimbursed. For more information, visit the NEH Website: http://www.neh.gov/divisions/odh/institutes/institute-community-college-digital-humanists-beyond-pockets-innovation-tow
Questions? Contact project director Anne McGrail mcgraila@lanecc.edu

“Everybody gets so much information
all day long that they lose their common
sense.” –Gertrude Stein

“Truth springs from argument among friends.” –David Hume

Information diffused by:
Anne B. McGrail, Ph.D.
English Department
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97405
Project Director, NEH Digital Humanities Summer Institute

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The Scholarly Digital Edition and the Humanities workshop- Rome, 3-5 December

Dear Colleagues,

Apologies for cross posting. These workshops may be of interest to some of you. Please see below for details.

Your social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea


I am pleased to announce the 3-days workshop organized by DigiLab, La Sapienza – DiXiT Marie Curie Network:

The Scholarly Digital Edition and the Humanities. Theoretical approaches and alternative tools.

The event will be held at DigiLab La Sapienza, Rome, 3-5 December 2014.

Vetreria Sciarra – Via dei Volsci 122, 00185 Roma

Room 110

The aim of this workshop is to present a critical approach to the digital representation of textual artefacts in the context of Humanities and Social Sciences. While the imperatives of digitization are affecting at a global level our cultural organizations and institutions, it seems necessary to introduce a socio-cultural reflection into the realm of the scholarly digital edition. The workshop is organized in practical and theoretical sessions led by Desmond Schmidt (Queensland University of Technology), Paolo Monella (Università di Palermo) e Domenico Fiormonte (Università Roma Tre). Participants will be guided through the realization of a digital product, experimenting with some innovative digital editions tools and platforms.

The workshop is open to all students registered for postgraduate and doctoral programs (PhD or equivalent) anywhere in the world working in the field of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences. Some basic experience in scholarly editing and textual criticism is recommended.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required for all applicants. Twelve positions are reserved for DiXiT fellows.

The format of the workshop is multicultural, i.e. participants and speakers will be free to speak in their mother tongue or instead use English as lingua franca. All teaching material will be translated in English, except original cultural artifacts. Given the practical nature of the workshop we can accommodate up to 25 participants.

Workshop coordinator: Domenico Fiormonte

Scientific Board: Domenico Fiormonte, Gianfranco Crupi, Giovanni Ragone

Organization: Federico Caria, Isabella Tartaglia.

Please register online at: https://digilab-scholarly-digital-edition.eventbrite.com  

Registration will be open up to November 26 

For more information please contact: digilab@uniroma1.it

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Please help promote FORCE2015 Conference

Dear colleagues,

Below is an email forwarded to the TEI-L mailing list by Dan O’Donnell from Titilola Aiyegbusi.

Your social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea


Please help the Force2015 conference committee with promoting the FORCE2015 conference.  The Conference Committee has prepared promo information below to be copied and sent  to your colleagues, lists, organization calendars and/or social media.


Thank you for your support.


Announcement for email or list serves:

The FORCE2015 Research Communication and e-Scholarship Conference (www.force2015.org) will be held 12-13 January, 2015, at the University of Oxford, UK.

Registration is now open: www.force11.org/meetings/force2015/registration

FORCE15, the successor of the Beyond-the-PDF conferences, will bring together researchers, scholars, librarians, archivists, information scientists, publishers, and research funders in a lively forum – to broaden awareness of current efforts across disciplines, but also to define the future through discussions, challenge projects, demonstrations, and the seeding of new partnerships and collaborations. Individually and collectively, we aim to bring about a positive change in scholarly communications through both the effective use of information technology and a deeper understanding of the nature of evolving scholarly practice.

Call for session abstracts: www.force11.org/meetings/force2015/forms/call-for-session-abstracts

Call for posters and demos: www.force11.org/meetings/force2015/forms/call-for-demos-posters


On the preceding day, 11 January 2015, there will be workshops, informal and formal collaborations, and business meetings associated with the main conference.  You may submit requests for hosting a meeting on Sunday here (www.force11.org/meetings/force2015/forms/pre-conference-meeting-suggestions).


We hope to see you there!


Twitter Announcement:

Registration and abstract submissions are open for the FORCE2015 conference. #Force2015 @force11rescomm www.force2015.org


Facebook Announcement:

Registration for the FORCE2015 conference in Oxford, UK (Jan 12-13, 2015) is open (www.force2015.org).   Please submit your abstract for a session talk by Nov 15, 2014. Submit your abstract for a poster or demo by Dec 01, 2014.


Calendar/Event listings

FORCE2015 January 12 – 13, 2015

The University of Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK


Meeting Host:  Force11.org (www.force11.org)

Call for Abstracts deadline November 15 www.force11.org/meetings/force2015/forms/call-for-session-abstracts

Call for Posters and Demos deadline December 1 www.force11.org/meetings/force2015/forms/call-for-demos-posters


Titilola Aiyegbusi

For: Dan O’Donnell

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RFP: Advanced Collaborative Support for the HathiTrust Research Center

Dear colleagues,

The  HathiTrust Research Center  is seeking proposals for  Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) projects. ACS is a newly launched scholarly service at the HTRC offering collaboration between external scholars and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to HTRC tools and services. By working together with scholars, we facilitate computational access to HathiTrust Research Center digital tools (HTRC) as well as the HathiTrust (HT) digital library based on individual scholarly need. This Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) will drive innovation at the scholar’s digital workbench for enhancing and developing new techniques for use within the HTRC platform.
A complete copy of the RFP is attached to this email and available online at  http://www.hathitrust.org/htrc/acs-rfp
RFP Schedule:
RFP Available: October 28, 2014
Proposals Due: 5:00 p.m. January 8, 2015
Award Notification: No later than January 30, 2015
Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single zip file to  htrc.acs.awards@gmail.com
Program Description (see the full RFP   for more detail):
The HathiTrust (HT) is a large digitized-text corpus (> 10 million volumes) of keen interest to researchers working in a wide range of scholarly disciplines.
The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library (HT) to help meet the technical challenges that researchers face when dealing with massive amounts of digital text. 
The HTRC Advanced Collaboration Support Group (ACS) engages with users directly on a one-on-one basis over extended period of time lasting from weeks to months. The ACS Group, selected from the membership of the HTRC user community, pairs the ACS awardee with expert staff members to work collaboratively on challenging problems.
Respondents are urged to contact  htrc.acs.awards@gmail.com , in advance of proposal submission to discuss eligibility, project details, prerequisites, and HTRC support. We look forward to a wide-array of proposals for our inaugural ACS projects supported by funding from the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC).
The HathiTrust Research Center Executive Committee:
J. Stephen Downie, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois and Co-Director HTRC
Beth Plale, School of Informatics and Computing and Data to Insight Center, Indiana University and Co-Director HTRC
Beth Namachchivaya, Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Planning and Policy and Associate Dean of LibrariesUniversity of Illinois
Robert H. McDonald, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, Indiana University
John Unsworth, Vice-Provost, University Librarian and CIO, Brandeis University

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The iSchool at the University of Illinois is recruiting

The University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), the iSchool at Illinois, is actively recruiting high quality doctoral students who want to design, develop, and evaluate informatics solutions to the grand challenges of the twenty-first century. Admitted candidates typically receive up to 4 years of funding in the form of research, teaching and service assistantships, including tuition waivers and stipends.
Massive changes in how large collections of data are created, disseminated, analyzed, and used have increased the role that information plays in industry, science, scholarship, government, and our everyday lives. The flexible program ensures that each student receives the intellectual guidance and experiences necessary to prepare them for vibrant research careers in a wide range of academic, business, and government settings. Students receive one-on-one mentorship from faculty with a global reputation for excellence in scholarship and high impact science.
Faculty work on data from many domains including science (MEDLINE, EPA, STAR METRICS), business (health, energy, media), humanities (HathiTrust, Google Books), and everyday life (social media) and develop new methods in:
• Text and Data Mining
• Informetrics and Data Analytics
• Information Retrieval
• Social Computing
• Digital Humanities
• Social Network Analysis
• Digital Libraries
• Computer Supported Cooperative Work
• Data Curation and Linked Data
• Information Trust and Privacy
• Digital Youth
GSLIS supports a broad range of interdisciplinary research in areas such as youth services, user services and outreach, information history and policy, social and community informatics, data curation and information organization. Additional information about research at GSLIS is available at http://www.lis.illinois.edu/research/projects. For specific information about the PhD program, please visit http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/degrees/phd or contact lis-apply@illinois.edu.
Students from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
Deadline for PhD applications is December 15, 2014 .
On behalf of:
Megan Finn Senseney
Senior Project Coordinator
Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 East Daniel Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone: (217) 244-5574
Email: mfsense2@illinois.edu
Your social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea


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Job: Director of Academic IT Services, University of Oxford

Dear colleagues,

Please consider coming to be our Director of Academic IT Services

*Director of Academic IT Services*
IT Services, Central Oxford
In the region of £70,000 p.a.
Closing Date: 1 December 2014

We are looking for an experienced, highly skilled and strategically-minded individual to lead the Academic IT Group of IT Services, managing a group of over 30 highly skilled staff.

The group works with academics, students, and staff to assist in the effective use of technologies for teaching, learning and research. It develops and supports the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE); offers services to record and publish lectures, seminars and events; and develops collections of reusable and open educational materials. The group also provides guidance to Oxford academics in support of research projects from provision of websites, to assistance with research data management, software selection, and collaborative tools.

As Director of Academic IT, you will co-ordinate and promote a range of services offered at local, national and international level and be responsible for the strategic development of the group reflecting the priorities of Oxford University and IT Services. You will also work with Pro-Vice Chancellors and other Oxford units in the development and implementation of a digital education strategy.

- Do you have extensive knowledge of current e-learning and e-research initiatives?
- Do you have a vision for the future of digital technologies in learning, teaching and research?
- Do you have the motivational skills to develop this at a world-leading university?
- Are you aware of current trends in the provision of IT services within Higher Education?
- Do you have excellent management skills?

If so we look forward to hearing from you.

You are expected to have a high level of knowledge, intellectual capacity, reasoning and analytical skills to degree level or equivalent (which may be in experience).


Contact: recruitment@admin.ox.ac.uk

[On behalf of Dr James Cummings, James.Cummings@it.ox.ac.uk, Academic IT Services, University of Oxford.]

Your social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea

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Job in Cologne: Software Developer/Digital Humanist

Dear colleagues,

*** Apologies for cross posting ***

The Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH) at the University of Cologne (Germany) is offering a position for a

Digital Humanist / Software Developer
(3 years, TV-L 13, full-time with part-time option, starting 1 January 2015 )

Collaboration on different projects; among others an international EU-funded project aiming at providing access to archival material for academics and the public:
- implementation of open-source Web 2.0 features and tools
- usability of technical tools in the environment of digital archival material
- crowdsourcing tools for indexing and transcription on the basis of a web-based XML WYSIWYM
- gamification features
- development / enhancement / implementation of tools for image cropping, text image linking, image annotation (supported by tagging taxonomies, vocabularies and folksonomies)
- information enrichment (e.g. named entities) with authority files,

Required skills
- x-technologies (XML, XSLT, XQuery, XML-DB)
- web technologies (including deeper understanding of JavaScript)
- software development experience
- experience in distributed collaboration using git and issue tracking software
- dissemination & communication skills

Desirable skills
- additional programming languages (e.g. Java/C++, Ruby, Python, PHP)
- data and metadata standards in the Digital Humanities (CEI/TEI, EAD)
- digitization of cultural heritage objects (artifacts / images / texts)
- understanding humanities concepts and finding ways to realize them as technical solutions

A working knowledge / understanding of German should be acquired within 1 year.

Application Deadline: 17 November 2014

Applications should include a brief cover letter and a CV and may include links to projects. Applications must be sent electronically to info-cceh@uni-koeln.de.

For further information or in case of queries contact Dr. Patrick Sahle at info-cceh@uni-koeln.de.

Please circulate widely!

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



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Wiki page for P6 ideas

Hi all,

Mentioned at the TEI Council report at the Members Meeting this morning:

We have a wiki page for collecting and commenting on ideas relating to P6 here:


Please join the wiki and contribute if you can.


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Announcing TAPAS launch

Dear colleagues,

We are very happy to announce the public launch of the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service. TAPAS is now available to the TEI community and the public. TAPAS offers a low-cost solution to the long-term archiving and publication of TEI data, with special emphasis on the needs of smaller projects and individual scholars. You can visit the project at:


TAPAS is free for all TEI members, and is an important new benefit of TEI membership. The service enables members to upload TEI data for long-term storage, and to create TAPAS projects and collections that publish their TEI data. For non-members, we also offer the TAPAS Commons, a shared space where anyone can upload and publish TEI files. Thanks to a number of early adopters, TAPAS is already home to several thriving TEI projects, with more being added every week. Many TAPAS features will work best once more data has been contributed, but already you can see many features in operation. All published TAPAS data is accessible on an open-access basis.

The initial planning and development of TAPAS was generously funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our next phase of development has already begun with a new NEH grant that supports the addition of an XML-aware repository to TAPAS. In the coming year we will also continue to improve the TAPAS publication mechanisms, provide a public API, develop programs of training and outreach, expand our documentation and user support, and help contributors to build their TEI projects.

TAPAS could not have been built without the generous assistance of many in the TEI community, including beta testers, contributors of test data, early adopters, and those who have offered advice and assistance in many different ways. We are particularly grateful to the TEI for its support of the project. Our warm thanks go out to all who have helped!

We look forward to seeing TAPAS grow, and we invite your engagement, feedback, and contributions! If you have questions about how to use TAPAS or suggestions for future development, we’d be happy to hear from you. Please visit the site’s forums to contribute.

Julia Flanders
Co-director, TAPAS
Director, Digital Scholarship Group
Professor of Practice, English
Northeastern University

Scott Hamlin
Co-director, TAPAS
Director of Research and Instruction
Library Information Services, Wheaton College


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2014 TEI Conference, Evanston, Illinois


Dear colleagues,

You can follow all the activities of the 2014 TEI conference in Evanston, Illinois on Twitter using the #TEIConf2014 hash tag.

Come join the discussion!

Your social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea

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CFP for joint ADE STS Conference

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


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

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

Deadline for Proposals: January 30, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Jerome McGann

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

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

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

Submissions may take the following forms:

  1. Papers. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length, making a significant original contribution to scholarship.
  2. Panels. Panels may consist of either three associated papers or four to six roundtable speakers. Roundtables should address topics of broad interest and scope, with the goal of fostering lively debate with audience participation.
  3. Posters. Posters showcase projects or present focused topics in a setting that features personal interaction and informal conversation. Posters on works-in-progress are encouraged.

To propose a paper, panel, or poster, send an abstract of no more than 500 words to the program committee via the form available at http://go.unl.edu/e8x8 no later than January 30, 2015. The proposal should clearly indicate the format and whether technological support will be required. Please include the name, email address, and institutional affiliations for all participants.



Opportunity for New Editors: Institute for Editing Historical Documents

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

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Elections: Deadline VERY soon!

Dear All,

The TEI Members meeting has just kicked off in sunny Evanston.
I’m just reminded that the closing time for our elections is fast approaching, but only a third of our electors have expressed their vote as to last night. Voting is a very important way to influence the life and the future direction of the TEI
This is a call to action:
- If you are a voter, individual or institutional, please vote NOW
- If you are not a voter but know someone that is, please make them to vote
- If you are part of an institution that is a TEI member, please check with the designed voters if they have voted
- If you are part of an institution that is a TEI member, but you don’t know who is the designed voter, please ask us and we will be able to help you to locate them
Vote! Vote! Vote!
Thank you :)
Elena Pierazzo
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
King’s College London
Department of Digital Humanities
King’s College London
26-29 Drury Lane
Professor of Italian Studies and Digital Humanities
Bureau F307
Université de Grenoble 3 ‘Stendhal’
BP 25 38040 Grenoble Cedex 9
Tel. +33 4 76828032

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REMINDER: TEI Board/Council voting deadline is October 24

Dear colleagues,

Reminder emails have just been sent via opavote.org to registered electors in the TEI Board and Council elections who have not yet cast their votes. Voting will close at about 15:00 UTC on Friday, October 24 (the TEI Members meeting for business starts at 14:00 UTC, 9 a.m. Chicago time, and voting will be closed at the point in the agenda where results are to be announced).

Refer to http://www.tei-c.org/Membership/Meetings/2014/mm70.xml for candidate statements and information.

Please take the time to vote if you are eligible–the TEI Board and Council together determine the policies, focus, and technical details of the TEI Consortium and the Guidelines.

On behalf of David Sewell, election manager.

Yours in social media,
Paul O’Shea

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Digital Humanities Quarterly Issue 8.3

Dear colleagues,

The DHQ editorial team is pleased to announce the official publication of Digital Humanities Quarterly 8.3. You can find the issue on the DHQ website: http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/8/3/index.html

Best wishes from your social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea

Paul O’Shea BA, MA,

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Wikimedia Individual Engagement Grants

Dear all,

Some members of the community may be interested in applying for Wikimedia Individual  Engagement Grants proposals.

Please see below for details:


Projects that might get support include:

* TEI XML / wikisource converters (see
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikisource for the 63 supported

* migrating legacy repositories of minority language(s) into wikisource

* spelling / grammar support for minority language(s) in the new
visual wikipedia editor (287 languages)

* translating wiki training materials and running workshops in
minority language(s) (pretty much any living language with an ISO

* studies of systematic bias with a view to combating it.

With best wishes from your social media coordinator,

Paul O’Shea BA, MA,

Social Media Coordinator for the TEI
PhD Researcher
University College Cork

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Announcing a digital humanities project in descriptive bibliography (long)

Dear members of Exlibris-L, SHARP-L, and TEI-L

As many of you know, I have researching the writings of Edmond Hoyle for several years with the expectation of publishing a descriptive bibliography. It will include descriptions of approximately 200 books and a number of essays in bibliography and book history relating to Hoyle’s work.

Recently I decided that I wanted to publish the descriptions incrementally on the web before publishing the book. The decision led me to launch an ambitious digital humanities project:  I have started to encode book descriptions in TEI-like XML files. The XML files are transformed both into HTML and into word processing documents. Thus, I can publish incrementally on the web while having all the work available for later print publication. Importantly, each time I create a handful of new descriptions, I run programs to regenerate all the indices and book lists for both the web site and the print version.

To make sure everything was going to work, I built a web site as a proof of concept, located here. If you are interested, I would encourage you to visit the site and to comment upon it. Each page has a link at the bottom for feedback which will result in an email to me (and not to the list).

Below you will find (1) a description of the site; and (2) feedback that I would find helpful.

Any comments or thoughts would be most welcome!

With thanks,

David Levy




The home page lists:


  • Separate Works
  • Publisher’s Collections of Works Published Separately
  • Collected Editions


and a number of Search tools. Eventually there will be ten items listed underSeparate Works, three under Collections and ten under Collected Editions, more when I get into the 19th century. You can click on titles under each category to navigate to lists of books and then to book descriptions.


There are the following Search tools, all of which will let you navigate to lists and descriptions.


  • The Chronological Listing is self explanatory.
  • Holdings gives a count of holdings in the British Isles, Continental Europe, North America, and elsewhere. Click on any of these to get a list of institutions and private collections, and then on to titles held.
  • Indices:
  • Games Covered provides an alphabetical list of games and the books that treat them. Among other uses, this will allow us to see when various games were in fashion.
  • Subjects provides a subject index for things other than the games themselves.
  • Included Works identifies books not written by Hoyle that were added to editions of Hoyle’s Games.
  • Producers allows search by printer or publisher.
  • References notes books listed in other bibliographies. Jessel and Rather are the two best guides to Hoyle; others cited are Horr and Todhunter.


Book descriptions can include the following sections:


  • Title (and similarly Half Title and Section Title) is a quasi-facsimile transcription of the title page. Color, italics, small caps, and black letter are reproduced, although you need the right font on your computer to see the black letter. See this description and note whether “Whist | Quadrille | Piquet” appear properly.
  • Collation follows Bowers with all the appropriate typography.
  • Contents shows signature and page references to the contents and running titles. When in single quotes, the contents and running titles are quasi-facsimile transcriptions. As an experiment, I interspersed the two, hoping it would make the structure of the book clearer.
  • Plates notes the presence of engravings or other illustrations.
  • Catchwords shows anomalous catchwords with signature and page references.
  • Press Figures are noted by signature reference with an indication whether the mark appears on the inner or outer forme.
  • Publisher, Printer, Advertisement, Review, Notices, and Price are self explanatory.
  • References links to the appropriate ESTC page and identifies entries for the book in the other bibliographies, noted above.
  • Copies Seen and Other Copies are self explanatory. When I can identify a surrogate for a copy (ECCO, Google Books, Internet Archive), I note that in parenthesis after the shelf mark. Some books are found bound with other titles in publisher’s bindings and noted as Copies Seen in Publisher’s Collections or Other Copies in Publisher’s Collections.
  • I expect to add substantially to the Notes section for each book.
  • I expect to add a lot of images as well.


I have tested the web site on current releases of the major browsers, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer, and on both Windows and Apple machines.  Beware: you’ll run into an occasional broken link when a book I’ve described refers to a book I have not yet described.




I’d be very interested in feedback on any of the following questions:


  • Does the overall navigation—the search aids and book lists—seem appropriate?
  • What other indices would be useful?


  • Regarding the book descriptions:
  • Are there other items I should be including?
  • Should any included items be omitted? I worry that material may overwhelm once the later editions start to include more material. Consider this book covering only five games and a more complexbook that appeared twenty years later.
  • In particular, I wonder whether recording the running titles is useful.
  • Is quasi-facsimile transcription useful for the section titles? Contents? Running titles?
  • Ligatures are a really interesting technical challenge that I have not fully solved. Is it necessary to show ligatures in the transcriptions?


  • Is it worth the (substantial) effort to conform fully with TEI?


  • How worried should I be about my intellectual property when I publish on the web? What steps can I take to protect it?
  • Will posting descriptions online, but not essays, destroy interest in the book when it appears in print?


  • As I said, I have not focused on appearance, but if you have thoughts I’d be eager to hear them.


  • Would other bibliographers be interested in the software I have developed?


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Career Opportunities at the MLA


Open Opportunities

Director of Information Systems

The Modern Language Association seeks a Director of Information Systems to establish and oversee the association’s technical vision. Under the supervision of the executive director, the director manages the operating environment and drives operational efficiencies, collaborates with colleagues on new product innovation and development, and aligns the association’s technology strategy with its mission by implementing and managing reliable and scalable technology infrastructure, applications, and processes. The director also establishes and manages key metrics for analyzing user experience and for measuring and optimizing user satisfaction.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in technical project management, with 3 years of increasingly responsible managerial experience. Some experience in an information-publishing environment preferred.
  • Working knowledge of enterprise applications, databases, development tools and environments, frameworks and scripting languages, and open-source software.
  • Working knowledge of enterprise and information-publishing technologies, trends, and best practices.
  • Working knowledge of user experience (UX) analysis and optimization.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Please submit a letter of application, vitae, and the names of three references to Rosemary G. Feal, MLA executive director, through Interfolio. The MLA is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Acquisitions Editor

The Modern Language Association seeks a creative, experienced acquisitions editor to join the office of scholarly communication. This editor works with colleagues in scholarly communication and other units to acquire, evaluate, and develop new publication projects. The acquisitions editor develops new titles in long-standing book series as well as new digital projects; works with publications committees and editorial boards; and works with colleagues on the registration of copyrights on MLA publications, the granting of rights and permissions to MLA copyrighted materials, the sale of translation and reprint rights, and the payment of royalties. The acquisitions editor attends conferences to cultivate new publication projects and to develop professionally and works with colleagues to assist in imagining the future of the MLA’s publishing program.

The successful candidate for this position will have an MA in an MLA field, with a PhD strongly preferred. Three to five years of publishing experience is required, and experience in developing digital publishing projects is a very strong plus.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Please submit a letter of application, vitae, and the names of three references to Kathleen Fitzpatrick, MLA, through Interfolio. The MLA is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Managing Editor, MLA Commons

The Modern Language Association seeks a creative, experienced professional to join the office of scholarly communication as managing editor of MLA Commons. Under the supervision of the director of scholarly communication, the managing editor oversees projects related to the online scholarly communities of the MLA, works with a team of colleagues on the development of the MLA Commonsplatform and several of the scholarly communication projects it supports, maintains schedules and works with colleagues to ensure timely delivery and quality control, uses knowledge of the profession to create content and to enhance discussion in various online forums, encourages online member participation through outreach initiatives, and provides assistance to members in establishing and developing online communities and content. The managing editor assists the director of scholarly communication with developing new proposals for the platform’s future, as well as with creating usage policies and guidelines; monitors user activity, site metrics, member feedback, and social media to inform development of new initiatives; and coordinates with colleagues to ensure consistent association communication.

The successful candidate for this position will have an advanced degree in language and literature study, as well as a broad knowledge of higher education and of the areas of professional interest to MLA members. Strong project-management experience is required, along with excellent written communication skills and the technical facility to learn and adapt to new technologies quickly. Experience with digital media production is a plus.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Please submit a letter of application, vitae, and the names of three references to Kathleen Fitzpatrick, MLA, through Interfolio. The MLA is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant Director, Programs

The Modern Language Association seeks a PhD with teaching experience to join the office of programs as assistant director. Under the supervision of the director of the office of programs, the assistant director will plan, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate visits for the MLA consultancy service and will help design and administer an effective assessment program for the project. The assistant director will participate in the planning and coordinating of ADE and ADFL summer seminars and will track and assist in the initial review of manuscripts submitted to the bulletins of ADE and ADFL. Other responsibilities will include preparing promotional materials for distribution, answering queries and correspondence, and attending conferences at the request of the director. In addition and as needed, the assistant director will assist colleagues on staff with other projects by preparing grant proposals, writing reports, and drafting surveys.


  • PhD in comparative literature or a language other than English
  • Minimum of three years’ experience teaching in an institution of higher education
  • Administrative experience preferred

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, vitae, and the names of three references to Dennis Looney through Interfolioby 1 November . The MLA is an equal opportunity employer.


Project Coordinator

The Modern Language Association seeks a project coordinator to work collaboratively with MLA staff, partner institutions, and other humanities organizations on a series of programs related to career and workplace issues. This is a full-time position that is expected to run through November 2017.

The project coordinator will manage communication and collaboration with partner institutions and other humanities organizations involved in programmatic initiatives related to career and workplace issues. The coordinator will organize and facilitate annual institutes, bringing together representatives of partner institutions and invited participants; a proseminar that meets regularly over a three-year period in New York City to introduce graduate students and contingent faculty members to the diversity of the higher education and humanities landscape; and periodic workshops for directors of graduate studies and university placement officers. The coordinator will contribute to the development of a mentorship program, prepare related programming for the MLA’s annual convention, and manage related project budgets.

The successful candidate for this position will have a PhD in language, literature, comparative studies, or an adjacent field and an interest in thinking broadly about the future of graduate education, the academic workplace, and the contributions of the humanities to our national civic culture. Candidates with experience in a variety of work settings, with project-management experience, and with experience using digital tools and media are encouraged to apply. This position requires strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage and effectively prioritize multiple tasks.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Please submit a letter of application, vitae, and the names of three references to Rosemary G. Feal, MLA executive director, through Interfolio by 1 November . The MLA is an equal opportunity employer.


Financial Analyst

The Modern Language Association seeks a financial analyst to assist in all aspects of budget preparation and analysis. Reporting to the controller, the financial analyst will help coordinate the association’s budget-development process by assisting department heads with budget analysis and projections, uploading budget projections into Oracle Financials, and producing periodic budget-projection reports. Other responsibilities will include producing and analyzing standard and ad hoc financial reports for department heads and for the staff finance committee, compiling and analyzing information for the annual audit and for quarterly investment-valuation reports, and assisting with general accounting tasks.

The successful candidate for this position will have a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting or finance and a minimum of three years’ experience in budgeting, financial reporting, and financial analysis. Advanced proficiency in Excelis essential, and a strong knowledge of computerized accounting systems, especially Oracle Financials, is preferred. This position requires strong math and analytic skills, excellent organizational skills, the ability to communicate clearly and simply, and a keen attention to detail.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The MLA provides generous vacation and sick time, flexible work hours, a 403(b) retirement plan, and individual health and dental plans with no shared premium cost.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and résumé by e-mail to fin0614@mla.org. The MLA is an equal opportunity employer.

About the MLA

Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature. Learn more about the MLA’s mission.

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Maynooth University hiring a Technology Officer

Excellent opportunity for a talented and committed developer to join a growing team at Maynooth University’s Digital Humanities centre, An Foras Feasa. The successful candidate will play a central role on a variety of digital humanities projects, including Letters of 1916 and Contested Memories: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.

We seek a team player who would like to work with a variety of creative people who are committed to promoting and extending digital scholarship. Many of our projects use TEI. More details about the position are available here http://humanresources.nuim.ie/vacancies.shtml

and I would be delighted provide any interested candidates with more information about the position and the centre.

with all best wishes

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