*L-70: XML in Action: Creating Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Texts*,
taught by David Seaman, Associate Librarian for Information Management at
Dartmouth College Library.
Join us at Rare Book School for a week-long, practical exploration of the
creation, preservation, and use of electronic texts and their associated
images in the humanities, with a special focus on Special Collections
materials. *XML in Action* is aimed primarily (although not exclusively) at
librarians, publishers, and scholars keen to develop, use, publish, and
control electronic texts for library, research, scholarly communication, or
The week will center around the creation of a set of archival-quality
etexts and digital images (probably 18th and 19th century letters, which
are short enough to allow each participant to take an entire document
through all its creation stages during the course).
Past students have said that the focus on Special Collections materials
makes this course "a great way to learn TEI. Even if you have already
worked on digital projects, David Seaman provides an interesting overview,
and it is a worthwhile way to consider digitization from a Special
Collections viewpoint." Like other Rare Book School courses, this course
offers intensive training: "the course exceeded my expectations. In a world
where digital course instruction is more widely and readily available, this
course plays a vital role in its RBS setting."
Topics include: XML tagging and conversion; using the Text Encoding
Initiative (TEI) Guidelines; Unicode; metadata issues (including a
discussion of METS and Open Archives Initiative harvesting), project
planning and funding; and the manipulation of XML texts using stylesheets
for re-publishing HTML, in ebook formats, and in PDF.
Applicants need to have some experience with the tagging of HTML documents.
In their personal statement, they should assess the extent of their present
knowledge of the electronic environment, and outline a project to which
they hope to apply the skills learned in this course.
Rare Book School, University of Virginia
114 Alderman Library PO Box 400103
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4103
T) 434-924-8851, F) 434-924-8824