Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Workshop - Text Encoding Initiative

Interested in the Digital Humanities? The Data Curation Education Program at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science is offering a great opportunity to learn about one of the most important elements of Digital Humanities research, the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Spend a weekend learning the fundamentals of using XML for research, teaching, electronic publishing, and management of digital text collections.

"Introduction to TEI," a hands-on workshop, will be taught by experts from Brown University. Participants will learn how to work with XML technologies to develop digital representations of texts using the TEI standard. The two-and-a-half-day workshop will take place in the LIS building on the UIUC campus, beginning on Friday, February 17th and ending on Sunday, February 19th.

About the TEI
A seminal effort in the digital humanities community, the TEI is "an international and interdisciplinary standard that helps libraries, museums, publishers, and individual scholars represent all kinds of literary and linguistic texts for online research and teaching, using an encoding scheme that is maximally expressive and minimally obsolescent." GSLIS faculty members Allen Renear and John Unsworth have long been involved with the TEI community, and the role of TEI in libraries is growing steadily. More information on the TEI can be found at the TEI Consortium website: http://www.tei-c.org/ .

About the Instructors
The instructors, Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman, actively participate in the activities of the TEI and the Association for Computers and the Humanities. They have led numerous workshops, teaching the TEI to diverse groups at all levels of technical accomplishment. Julia and Syd work at the Brown University Center for Digital Scholarship (http://library.brown.edu/cds/ ) on its major text encoding effort, the Women Writers Project (http://www.wwp.brown.edu/ ). Julia Flanders is Director of the Women Writers Project and Associate Director for Textbase Development. Syd is Senior Analyst for the Women Writers Project and former North American Editor of the TEI Guidelines.

Schedule, Cost, and Registration
Participants will meet in room 52 of the LIS Building for an introductory session on Friday evening and two full-day sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Participation is currently limited to 30 people without their own laptops, plus up to 8 individuals willing to bring their own laptops. Those participants bringing laptops will need to install a free trial version of the Oxygen text editor ---available from http://www.oxygenxml.com--- on their computer prior to attending the workshop. Participants without prior experience working with markup are asked to introduce themselves to TEI and XML by reading through a short suggested reading list, which will be provided after registration.

The cost of the workshop is, per person, $25 for current UIUC students; $50 for UIUC faculty, staff, and alumni; and $150 for non-UIUC affiliates. You must sign up and pay in advance to attend, and cancellation fees apply.

Please email tei-workshop@illinois.edu to reserve your spot. Your email should include your address, a contact phone number, and your University ID number (alternatively: if you are an alumni, your year of graduation; for non-affiliates, the name of the institution with which you are affiliated). Additionally please indicate whether you will be bringing your own laptop and, if so, which operating system you will be running. More information will follow to those who reserve spots.

With all payments please include your address, a contact phone number, and your University ID number (alternatively: if you are an alumni, your year of graduation; for non-affiliates, the name of the institution with which you are affiliated). Please make sure that this information is included with your payment to ensure that your space can be reserved. Unfortunately we cannot accept temporary checks. Please drop off your attendance fee to Sally Eakin in the GSLIS main office, or mail a check or money order (made payable to the University of Illinois) to:

Sally Eakin
TEI Workshop
112 LIS Bldg.
501 E. Daniel St.
Champaign, IL 61820

Those interested in attending the workshop are encouraged to register early as space is limited and the course fills up quickly. A registration waitlist will be kept if capacity is exceeded. Participants canceling their reservation for any reason will receive a partial refund of 50% of their registration fee.

This event is sponsored by DCEP-H, an initiative to extend the Data Curation Education Program to the humanities. DCEP-H is based at the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship and funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Ashley Clark and Megan Senseney are co-organizers for this year's workshop. If you have any questions, please contact us at: tei-workshop@illinois.edu or 217.244.5574.