TEI P5 Guidelines version 2.8.0 released

The TEI Consortium has released the TEI P5 Guidelines version 2.8.0 (Codename: Winking Petrarca). This release includes new elements and recommendations for the description of correspondence and resolves many community-submitted bugs and feature requests.

Our release technician was Raffaele Viglianti (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, UMD). Raff’s work has produced possibly the quickest release in TEI history, with able assistance from members of the TEI Council, especially James Cummings and Martin Holmes, and with help from former Council member Sebastian Rahtz.

All are encouraged to report bugs and make feature requests for changes to the Guidelines via theSourceForge site http://tei.sf.net/. This is how the Council knows what aspects of the Guidelines need working on, and we cannot do without your input! The software of the TEI Consortium such as the Stylesheets and Roma are managed on GitHub at https://github.com/TEIC/. Any software issues should be reported there. The updated version of the TEI Guidelines is available from all the usual places (such as the TEI website http://www.tei-c.org/release/doc/tei-p5-doc/en/html/index.html and the SourceForge site <http://tei.sf.net/>). Sebastian Rahtz has released version 7.34.0 of the TEI Stylesheets (available at https://github.com/TEIC/Stylesheets). The oxygen-tei package and TEI debian packages have been updated separately and may be downloaded from https://sourceforge.net/projects/tei/files/. The TEI P5 version 2.8.0 release notes are below, and are also available at http://www.tei-c.org/release/doc/tei-p5-doc/readme-2.8.0.html.
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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

TEI P5 Guidelines version 2.7.0 is released!

Today, Tuesday 16 September 2014, the TEI Consortium has released TEI P5 Guidelines version 2.7.0 (Codename: NinianTheEnlightener). This release introduces some additional recommendations (for example on text directionality) significant corrections to bugs, many publicly submitted feature requests, and especially inconsistencies of all sorts.

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TEI Simple

Northwestern University is pleased to announce a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the development of Tei Simple, which seeks to lower the entry barriers to working with TEI documents by combining a new highly constrained  and prescriptive subset of the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines with a  a “cradle to grave” processing model that associates the TEI Simple schema with explicit and standardized options for displaying and querying texts. A major driver for this project has been the imminent release into the public domain of some 25,000 TEI-encoded texts from Early English Books Online (EEBO), but  the project aims more broadly at creating a friendlier and more interoperable environment for working with digital surrogates of books in European languages from the Early modern period into the 20th century.

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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.

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