This past week, staff members from DLS and the HDW (Humanities Digital Workshop, part of Arts & Sciences Computing) participated in a three-day workshop on TEI at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The workshop was put on by the Brown University Women Writers Project and hosted by the UCSB English Department. This was the first instance of a series of workshops to be held by the WWP on advanced encoding issues, which was focused on TEI projects that deal with "contextual information."
Applicants ot the workshops were encouraged to apply as teams dealing with specific projects. The DLS-HDW group (Andrew Rouner, Tim Lepczyk and Shannon Showers from DLS; Perry Trolard and Steve Pentecost from the HDW) applied as a team around a project submitted to the IMLS last February, which is a proposal developed around the Dred Scott and St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records projects, which would involve the full transcription and encoding in TEI of all imaged materials, including the encoding of all person-, place- and organization-names in the collection, as well as the development of encoding recommendations for historical legal documents. Awards are expected to be announced "mid-September."
For our group, discussion was focused on how we can leverage changes in the P5 iteration of the TEI (which is aimed at developments in the "semantic web") to create "personographies" (and other "-ographies") to represent this ionformation within TEI, and facilitate exchange of this information with other standards, such as RDF-OWL files using ontologies such as CIDOC-CRM and SKOS. We made significant headway on these issues, thanks to Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman of the WWP. Should we be awarded the IMLS grant, this work will give us a running start; and if not, we still intend to pursue many of these enhancements on the materials we have already-encoded on this and other projects.