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Editing Correspondence
The in TEI
Historical Documents, Digital Approaches
Ghent, 5 Sept. 2013
Van Nu en Straks – The Letters
http://www.vnsbrieven.org/
‘Van Nu en Straks. The Letters’:
What?
1419 letters: main part in Dutch, 180 in French
Reference to
– 2,500 persons
– 500 ...
‘Van Nu en Straks. The Letters’:
How?
Each letter = TEI file
Description of metadata in <teiHeader>
eXist-driven web inter...
Why does it do what it does?
Because
wanted it to do so.
Therefore
this is the story of
the in TEI
(1) TEI: what?
“A consortium which collectively develops and maintains a
standard for the representation of texts in digit...
What hear
Standard
Guidelines
Widely used
What hear
Standard
Guidelines
Widely used
What know
≠ only way
≠ prescript
≠ omnipresent
editing with TEI:
too many downsides?
individual steep learning curve
institutional in-house skills, funding
technical no ...
Resolution #1
The in TEI <
and rightfully so
Because yes,
It is quite an enterprise
There are other (faster and more simple) ways
but
It offers the best guarantee that...
(2) TEI Guidelines: what?
“The TEI Guidelines are designed to be
customized, and specific projects and
disciplinary groups...
What hear
designed to be
customized
for
particular needs
and practices
What hear
designed to be
customized
for
particular needs
and practices
What know
customization can be quite
an undertaking...
Editing letters with TEI:
too many downsides?
no TEI tagset specifically for letters
use elements and markup schemes from ...
e.g. Van Nu en Straks Letters
= combination
(1) standard TEI subsets
(2) modifications of standard TEI elements
and attrib...
Resolution #2
The in TEI <
No other part of your
edition will reflect more
of your personal view
on what text really is,
how the text that you’re
edi...
<opener>
<dateline><date value="1890-01-22">Woensdag</date></dateline>
<salute>Waarde Heer en Vriend,</salute>
</opener>
<...
(3) Scholarly editions: where?
“[T]he Consortium provides a variety of
resources and training events for learning
TEI, inf...
What hear
information
on projects
using the TEI
What hear
information
on projects
using the TEI
What know
this information is very rare,
and only a few projects
provide t...
Publishing TEI/XML-based scholarly editions:
too many downsides?
matter of credibility and visibility
- You need a nest th...
Resolution #3
The in TEI <
(4) Making your own edition in TEI:
why (not)?
Complex searching (place
names, titles, foreign
words etc.)
Study and show ...
TEI
Complex searching (place
names, titles, foreign
words etc.)
Study and show textual
variation, structure of text,
sourc...
But
You need that big and safe nest
not only for publishing
but also for making your edition
it takes a village
Resolution #4
There is no
in TEI
Conclusion
1) Take initiative
2) Create the edition that
suits as many purposes as
possible, but do it like you
think it s...
All in favour, say AYE
bert.vanraemdonck@ugent.be
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On editing letters (and other texts) with TEI. Paper at the three-day seminar on 'Historical Documents, Digital Approaches' (Ghent, 5-7 Sept. 2013).

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  1. 1. Editing Correspondence The in TEI Historical Documents, Digital Approaches Ghent, 5 Sept. 2013
  2. 2. Van Nu en Straks – The Letters http://www.vnsbrieven.org/
  3. 3. ‘Van Nu en Straks. The Letters’: What? 1419 letters: main part in Dutch, 180 in French Reference to – 2,500 persons – 500 place names – 1,000 book titles – 650 written articles – 350 poems etc. 3,600 internal links Critical and diplomatic transcription of all the letters Detailed description of metadata More than 3,000 digital facsimile pictures Browsing and searching Viewing and exporting selections of letters to XHTML, XML or PDF Visualise the letters as reading text, diplomatic transcription, or XML source
  4. 4. ‘Van Nu en Straks. The Letters’: How? Each letter = TEI file Description of metadata in <teiHeader> eXist-driven web interface
  5. 5. Why does it do what it does? Because wanted it to do so.
  6. 6. Therefore this is the story of
  7. 7. the in TEI
  8. 8. (1) TEI: what? “A consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form.” “Its chief deliverable is a set of Guidelines which specify encoding methods for machine-readable texts, chiefly in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics.” “Since 1994, the TEI Guidelines have been widely used by libraries, museums, publishers, and individual scholars to present texts for online research, teaching, and preservation.” http://www.tei-c.org/index.xml
  9. 9. What hear Standard Guidelines Widely used
  10. 10. What hear Standard Guidelines Widely used What know ≠ only way ≠ prescript ≠ omnipresent
  11. 11. editing with TEI: too many downsides? individual steep learning curve institutional in-house skills, funding technical no subset for correspondence only a few projects in Flanders these projects take years (trial and error)
  12. 12. Resolution #1 The in TEI < and rightfully so
  13. 13. Because yes, It is quite an enterprise There are other (faster and more simple) ways but It offers the best guarantee that your data will be – safe – freely accessible – readable for man and machine Initiative worth taking
  14. 14. (2) TEI Guidelines: what? “The TEI Guidelines are designed to be customized, and specific projects and disciplinary groups often create customized versions reflecting particular needs and practices.” http://www.tei-c.org/Guidelines/
  15. 15. What hear designed to be customized for particular needs and practices
  16. 16. What hear designed to be customized for particular needs and practices What know customization can be quite an undertaking and some needs are more particular than others
  17. 17. Editing letters with TEI: too many downsides? no TEI tagset specifically for letters use elements and markup schemes from other TEI subsets only a handful of TEI projects for letters all these projects: first (long) phase = designing a specific markup scheme
  18. 18. e.g. Van Nu en Straks Letters = combination (1) standard TEI subsets (2) modifications of standard TEI elements and attributes <add>, <note> and <seg> as global elements (3) new elements and attributes <letIdentifier>, <letHeading>, <physDesc> and <envOcc/> in <letDesc> <envelope> and <calc> in <ps>
  19. 19. Resolution #2 The in TEI <
  20. 20. No other part of your edition will reflect more of your personal view on what text really is, how the text that you’re editing is structured etc. So: this is the awesome part of your edition, your core business (no matter what they’ll tell you)
  21. 21. <opener> <dateline><date value="1890-01-22">Woensdag</date></dateline> <salute>Waarde Heer en Vriend,</salute> </opener> <name type="person" reg="De Bom, Emmanuel">Mane</name> <!ELEMENT envelope (envPart | envelope | note)+>
  22. 22. (3) Scholarly editions: where? “[T]he Consortium provides a variety of resources and training events for learning TEI, information on projects using the TEI, a bibliography of TEI-related publications, and software developed for or adapted to the TEI.” http://www.tei-c.org/index.xml
  23. 23. What hear information on projects using the TEI
  24. 24. What hear information on projects using the TEI What know this information is very rare, and only a few projects provide their own source files
  25. 25. Publishing TEI/XML-based scholarly editions: too many downsides? matter of credibility and visibility - You need a nest that is both safe and big enough to publish your work (university, centre for digital humanities) - Open access = source files available - You should at least make a minimal effort to present your data in a more or less esthetically acceptable way
  26. 26. Resolution #3 The in TEI <
  27. 27. (4) Making your own edition in TEI: why (not)? Complex searching (place names, titles, foreign words etc.) Study and show textual variation, structure of text, sources for humanities Several output formats Sources have hierarchical structure Simple searching (words) Sources for/from exact sciences 1 output format (e.g. only HTML or book) Phenomena beyond clear structures or hierarchies
  28. 28. TEI Complex searching (place names, titles, foreign words etc.) Study and show textual variation, structure of text, sources for humanities Several output formats Sources have hierarchical structure
  29. 29. But You need that big and safe nest not only for publishing but also for making your edition it takes a village
  30. 30. Resolution #4 There is no in TEI
  31. 31. Conclusion 1) Take initiative 2) Create the edition that suits as many purposes as possible, but do it like you think it should be done 3) Make sure people get (and like) to see what you’ve made 4) Get as many help as possible
  32. 32. All in favour, say AYE
  33. 33. bert.vanraemdonck@ugent.be
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