Upgrade to TEI By Example & Opportunity for Involvement

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The Centre for Data Culture & Society was pleased to provide small grant funding to the TEI By Example initiative, enabling an upgrade to its training materials and website infrastructure in Summer 2020. TEI by Example offers a series of free online tutorials that walk individuals through the different stages of marking up a document in XML using the standards developed by the Text Encoding Initiative. Since 2009, the site’s tutorials have been used in Digital Humanities teaching worldwide.  

This recent upgrade, undertaken by the original TBE team, Edward Vanhoutte and Ron Van den Branden, involved improvements to the website’s back end such as setting up a git workflow which allows the site code to be shared in a publicly available repository, and incorporating infrastructure that can accommodate translation into other languages. Professor Melissa Terras commented on the importance of this resource for the Digital Humanities community:  

TEI By Example has been an important entry-level learning resource for a fundamental aspect of Digital Humanities, with thousands of users every month. We are delighted to have been able to refresh these tutorials' content to current best practice in the use of the TEI guidelines. TEI By Example is therefore good to go for another few years, continuing access to our case by case tutorials for its users.

Following the 2020 revision of the TEI By Example tutorials, the TEI By Example International Advisory Committee is looking for new members. Are you interested in TEI and XML? Do you work in Digital Humanities, or any of its aligned disciplines? Do you wish to contribute to a community initiative in this area? Are you looking for advisory committee work to contribute to the service area of your academic CV? The Committee is particularly interested in hearing from ECRs and those in the early stages of their academic career, and wishes to increase the diversity of voices on the International Advisory Committee.  

This is a voluntary role, where you would be expected to contribute only a few hours per year, to give the project team some pointers on the tutorials and their development and provide advice when required. For example, what type of information we should be providing in an updated version of the toolkit (https://teibyexample.org/tools/software.htm)? Committee members also help to promote the tutorials in their own professional networks.

The IAC appointment will be for four years, in the first instance, and there will be one yearly committee meeting, most likely online. If you have any queries about the role, please contact Professor Melissa Terras (m.terras@ed.ac.uk), who would be happy to answer questions.  

If you would like to be considered for the TEI By Example International Advisory Committee, please send an email to cdcs@ed.ac.uk by Monday 26 October 2020, with the following attachments: 

  • Your CV (Please use a current version of a CV - we do not require any particular re-formatting for this call). 

  • A cover note stating your interest and experience in TEI, XML, or Digital Humanities. 

We will endeavour to reply to everyone who has expressed interest by 13 November.