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Minutes from the meeting in College Station November 9, 2012

The meeting was held in College Station, Texas, from 9.00 to 12.30 on October 14, as part of the TEI annual meeting. There were 5-6 persons present.

General remarks

The SIG meetings have a combined role of getting work done and informing about the SIG. This year, it turned out that none of the participants, except for the convenor, had ever been to a TEI meeting before, and none were subscribers to the email list of the Ontologies SIG before the meeting. We had a very good discussion, and the advantage of getting a number of new perspectives on the table, and some new people subscribed to the list. However, the work we continued from previous meetings and from the mailing list was not finished, and will have to be finalised after the meeting.

The extended agenda for the meeting is found here.

Introduction to the SIG

The first half of the SIG meeting was used for an introduction to the SIG and a general discussion of the relationship between TEI and various conceptual models. This included the background for the establishment of the SIG and its involvement in the development of TEI.

Last year's activities

The results from last year's SIG meeting and the discussion on the mailing list, which led to a number of feature requests, was noted. The discussion was summarised in the agenda. It is clear that the main remaining issue in this round of work is the object element family, which is planned to include object, listObject, and objectName.

Discuss the object element family

We spent the last half of the SIG meeting to recapitulate the issue of the possible object elements, and the discussion of the mailing list was presented in the form of a summary provided by the convenor. The main issue at stake is the relationship to the manuscript description section of the TEI guidelines.

After we had discussed our way through the summary, we decided on two suggestions which will be discussed further on the mailing list:

  1. Make the msDesc element child of the new Object element.
  2. Then make the object element family in line with person, place, and event families.

Further, we started working through an example provided by Brent Nelson to see how the object element family could best be used. The aim is partly to make additional examples based on real life encoding, and partly to understand the element better. This work should continue and be discussed on the mailing list. Øyvind Eide will work with Brent Nelson and anyone else interest on this and report to the list.


2012-11-10 Øyvind Eide