Advanced TEI Seminar at UC Santa Barbara: Schedule

Monday, September 14 (South Hall, Room 2635)

09:00–09:30 Welcome and introductions

09:30–11:00 Presentation: Overview of contextual information

In this session we’ll take a broad look at what we mean by contextual information, and at the TEI’s provisions for representing it. slides, XML source.

11:15–12:30 Hands-on practice

During this first hands-on session participants will work on encoding some basic contextual information for their sample texts.


13:30–17:30 Project presentations

Each participant or group will give a short presentation on their project and the encoding challenges that they are working with, followed by questions and discussion. Issues to be addressed include:

  • what is "context" for each project and how much context is useful? how much is essential?
  • local versus centralized modes of organizing and maintaining contextual information, and the social and technical logistics of each approach
  • how can contextual information be scaled up and developed or used collaboratively? what are the challenges to this approach?
  • how much effort does it take to develop contextual resources, and what kinds of skills? what is the appropriate labor pool for this work?
  • what is the role of automation in developing and harnessing contextual information? what kinds of information lend themselves to automated approaches?

Tuesday, September 15 (South Hall, Room 2635)

09:00–11:00 Presentation: Constraint, validation, customization, and edge cases

In this session we’ll examine various ways of constraining and validating your data, and in particular we’ll consider TEI customization, both as a way of ensuring consistency and as a way of accommodating special project needs. We’ll also examine some difficult edge cases where special approaches may be required slides, XML source.

11:15–12:30 Hands-on practice

During this hands-on session (which continues after lunch) participants will work on developing or refining a TEI customization for their project, using Roma or (for the more adventurous) by editing the ODD file directly. Participants can also work on extending their encoding.


13:30–15:30 Hands-on

Continued from previous session. We’ll also begin one-on-one project consultations.

15:45–17:30 Case studies and discussion

We’ll conclude the day with discussion and case studies, examining customization ideas from the hands-on session and also discussing any difficult encoding problems that have arisen. If useful we’ll also take a look at the Women Writers Project’s customization and approach to representing contextual information.

Wednesday, September 16 (South Hall, Room 2635)

09:00–11:00 Discussion: Connecting data and context

In this session we’ll look at how to actually connect the text and the context, including tools and intermediary formats. We’ll consider the relationship between the TEI and other ways to represent context (e.g. RDF, topic maps, etc.), and we’ll also think about how external authority sources can be used. slides, XML source

11:00–12:30 Hands-on practice and project consultation

During this hands-on session (continued after lunch) participants will continue working on customization and encoding, and we’ll continue with one-on-one project consultation.


13:30–15:30 Hands-on practice and project consultation

Continued from previous session.

15:30–17:00 Concluding discussion

In our concluding discussion we’ll have the opportunity to take up any larger questions that have arisen during the seminar; a few issues we should touch on include:

  • What are the value and challenges of taking a centralized or local approach to contextual information, for each project in the group?
  • When is the TEI a particularly good or bad choice for representing contextual information? what are the other alternatives? What approach makes most sense for each project in the group?
  • What resources (skills, decisions, materials) does each project need to develop in order to move ahead?