▶ Leveraging the Text Encoding Initiative

"Making your markup work for you"

Workshop Organisers: Magdalena Turska, DiXiT Project / IT Services, University of Oxford and Lou Burnard, Lou Burnard Consulting


The Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) provide the most widely used technical framework for the production of digital scholarly editions of primary sources. This workshop will provide participants with an in depth understanding of the organization of the TEI system, focussing on those parts of it relevant to the production, analysis, and dissemination and visualization of digital resources in a scholarly context. It will combine lectures describing relevant parts of the latest version of the TEI P5 Guidelines with practical exercises, including (if necessary) a beginners introduction to TEI-XML as well as detailed explanations of those aspects of the TEI Guidelines most useful in the transcription, description, analysis, and distribution of primary source materials in digital form. The Workshop will also include extensive opportunities for participants to experiment with some of currently available software systems for publication, analysis and visualisation, and to discuss with experts the requirements of their own projects.


Times Monday 20 July
Tuesday 21 July
Wednesday 22 July
Thursday 23 July
Friday 24 July
11:00 - 12:30
What do we mean by markup and why do we do it? Lou Burnard
Transcription of a primary source in TEI Magdalena Turska

Introduction to TEI tagging for critical apparatus and named entities. Magdalena Turska
How to make a schema. Lou Burnard
TEI customization in theory and practice.
TEI Clinic / Panel
Up to four participants will present their own projects in some detail. A panel of TEI experts will comment on the issues raised, and respond to other questions from the floor.
The TEI Toolkit Lou Burnard
A florilegium of TEI projects on the web, and an overview of the tools they use.
14:00 - 17:30 (inc. break)
Creating and editing a TEI-XML document Elena Spadini
Practical session showing basic manipulations with oXygen: editing, using a schema, transformation for web.

TEI Basics Lou Burnard
An overview of TEI organisation and core tags.
Transcription and tagging of named entities Elena Spadini

Displaying your transcription on the web with minimal effort. Lou Burnard
Practical session using TEI BoilerPlate
Practical exercise in schema creation using Roma; using OxGarage to convert your files Lou Burnard

Putting it all together Magdalena Turska
How to create a digital scholarly edition, using XSLT and eXist.
Welcome to the XML Family. Part 1: an overview of CSS and XPath Misha Broughton

Welcome to the XML Family. Part 2: Transforming and extracting data with XSLT Magdalena Turska
TEI on the web with Javascript Magdalena Turska

Art History meets Linked Data via TEI: the case of the Paris Guidebooks Emmanuel Château
A case study showing how TEI markup is at the heart of this ambitious research project, embracing Linked Open Data technologies in the art historical context.

Where do we go from here? What did you get out of the workshop? How will you use it?

There are 5 individual speakers in this workshop.

  • Misha Broughton
    DiXiT Project, University of Cologne / IT Services, University of Oxford

    Misha Broughton is a Doctoral Candidate and Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT) Early Stage Researcher at the University of Cologne. With an MA in English Literature from Case Western Reserve University and a background in Computer and Network Support, he is researching the impact of quality of mass digitized textual content in digital textual scholarship and research.

  • Lou Burnard
    Lou Burnard Consulting

    Formerly assistant director at OUCS, Lou Burnard is one of the original editors of the TEI Guidelines and has been closely involved with it throughout its evolution. An Oxford graduate with a masters in English he has worked in the no-mans land between computing and the humanities since the 1970s. He has recently published What is the Text Encoding Initiative?.

  • Emmanuel Château
    École Nationale des Chartes

    Emmanuel Château is completing a doctoral thesis in architectural history. Trained in digital history and XML technologies at the École nationale des chartes, he coordinated the digital edition of Antoine Desgodets' lessons. As a member of the research cluster "Pasts in the Present" (http://www.passes-present.eu/) , he is currently technical lead on the Paris Guidebooks project and a member of the working group on "Modelling, frames of reference, and digital culture" (ModRef).

  • Elena Spadini
    DiXiT Project, Huygens ING (KNAW) / IT Services, University of Oxford

    Elena Spadini is a researcher at Huygens ING (KNAW) for the Marie Curie DiXiT Network. She works on digital editing tools, and especially the compatibility between them and the XML-TEI platform. She held a MA in Digital Humanities from the École nationale des Chartes. She completed a MA in Romance Philology and is finishing a PhD on ancient French Arthurian romances at the Sapienza University of Rome.

  • Magdalena Turska
    DiXiT Project / IT Services, University of Oxford

    Magdalena Turska is a Experienced Researcher for Digital Scholarly Editions at IT Services, University of Oxford and experienced researcher of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'DiXiT'. With a background in computer science she collaborates with humanities scholars on research projects. Co-author of digital scholarly edition of vast correspondence of neo-Latin poet and diplomat Ioannes Dantiscus hosted by the University of Warsaw. Recently works on software infrastructure for digital scholarly editions, especially for the TEI ecosystem.


Workshop Venue: All of your workshop sessions will be in the Isis room at IT Services. We'll make sure you know how to get there.

AM and PM Refreshment Breaks: All of your breaks will be in the course registration area at IT Services. Please go directly to IT Services after your lecture each morning.

Lunch Arrangements: Lunch each day will be in the Atrium at the Oxford e-Research Centre. We'll make sure you know how to get there.

Group Colour: Grey

Computers: We hope you appreciate that this is a practical workshop, in which we don't just talk at you, but expect you to do some work, both hands-on at the keyboard, and by participating in discussion. The computer and the software will be provided, though if you prefer to use your own laptop (and if it has the right software installed on it) then you are free to do so. Oxford's IT Services will provide you with network access, and a limited amount of technical support. By "the right software" we mean of course the oXygen XML Editor, a trial version of which can be downloaded for free from www.oxygenxml.com/download_oxygenxml_editor.html. Please see our laptop guidance at: http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2015/registration.html#LaptopGuidance

Further Information: This year we are hoping to provide more opportunity for workshop participants to get to know about each other's' projects than has been the case in previous year. With that in mind, we hope you will all be prepared to talk a bit about what you are hoping to achieve using the TEI, and even maybe share some of your work in progress with everyone. We have a session on Thursday morning in which four participants will be invited to present their projects in depth to an invited panel of TEI experts which we hope will lead to fruitful and synergetic discussions. If you'd like to be considered as one of the Fantastic Four, just send us an email (events@it.ox.ac.uk) beforehand

And finally, just a reminder that the Workshop is supposed to be an enjoyable experience. Our first "Text Encoding Summer School" was held in Oxford nearly twenty years ago, but each year, we've been agreeably surprised by the pleasure which participants evidently take in meeting and discussing abstruse markup issues in an interdisciplinary context, no matter what their level of expertise. We're all totally inexpert at something! We believe that it's always refreshing and often beneficial to work with people whose areas of knowledge and expertise differ from our own.

We wish you a pleasant journey, and look forward to spending a few days with you!

For the Workshop Team: Lou Burnard and Magdalena Turska

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