Friday, 31 January 2014

this week's blogging question: TEI in the wild

How do digitization projects, digital editions, and other forms of digital humanities research use and talk about TEI? Can you find a digital project that not only puts TEI to use, but also provides some explanation of its XML encoding strategies -- or even shares its XML for other researchers to use? Let's use this week's blogging question to find out.

Thinking back to the examples we considered in class, the Folger Digital Texts project and the Women Writers Project, can you find an example of a similar XML-driven project that uses TEI? It doesn't necessarily have to be a book-oriented project, and certainly doesn't need to be a literature project like these two, but it should be doing something scholarly and interesting with TEI.  This question will require you to do some hunting around the web, though you could start by looking into the TEI community's online presence, and looking for projects affiliated with TEI or those that simply reference it.

Once you've found an example that interests you, tell us just a bit about what the project is, and how it puts XML to use. Does the project website give much detail about how it uses XML, and the encoding strategies it uses? Has the project gone so far as to publish articles about its methods and challenges? Finally, does the project make its code available for others to use? The answer to this last question could be more than a simple yes or no -- for example, a project might make code available only to subscribers, or, like the Folger Digital Texts, to anyone who provides a bit of personal info.

My guess is that DH projects that actually share their code (as distinct from talking about sharing it) will be in the minority -- or perhaps I'm just world-weary and jaded, and you'll prove me wrong! In any case, we should be able to build a collective picture of what TEI looks like in its natural habitat as of early 2014. (And remember, if you encounter any <bear> elements with children, try to exit the area quietly without drawing the mother's attention...)

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