EpiDoc Workshop, London, April 20-24, 2015

EpiDoc Workshop, London, April 20-24, 2015

 

We invite applications for a 5-day training workshop on digital editing of epigraphic and papyrological texts, to be held in the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London,April 20-24, 2015. The workshop will be taught by Gabriel Bodard (KCL), Simona Stoyanova (Leipzig) and Charlotte Tupman (KCL). There will be no charge for the workshop, but participants should arrange their own travel and accommodation.

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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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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 2224, 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.

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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.

 

Methodology

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.

TEI Hackathon: Report by Nick Laiacona

Name:

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.

Methodology:
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.

Conclusions: 

(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.

 

 

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.

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