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An Introduction to the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative: Markup for Textual Research

  • 04 Jul 2016
  • 08 Jul 2016
  • Oxford

An Introduction to the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative: Markup for Textual Research

Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School
4 - 8 July 2016

Are you curious about the technology underpinning digital scholarly editions?

Are you interested in learning how to present or edit texts digitally, but unsure where to start?

Would you like a practical, accessible rundown of the possibilities for enhancing your textual research through encoding?

An introduction to XML and the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)

Attend the ‘Introduction to the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative’ workshop and learn encoding principles and techniques from experts in the field, including members of the TEI Technical Council and researchers who have successfully used the TEI Guidelines in their projects. Our speakers present a full and varied programme that provides an intensive introduction to textual markup, while maintaining a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The workshop combines inspirational case studies with an informative contextual grounding and hands-on exercises to ensure that, by the end of the week, you can confidently explore your research texts digitally in new and exciting ways. 


This year’s sessions provide:

  • A general introduction to markup, XML, and the TEI (no previous experience assumed).
  • An overview of creating a valid XML document in the oXygen XML editing software.
  • A demonstration of how and why metadata is stored in an XML document.
  • Instruction on describing and transcribing primary manuscript texts, including variants, alterations, and facsimiles.
  • Guidance on using the TEI to encode correspondence material.
  • Case studies showcasing existing TEI-based projects: CatCor (The Correspondence of Catherine the Great); EpiDoc (TEI for Ancient Documents); WeGa and Intellectual Berlin; the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI).
  • Information on customising the TEI to meet your own research needs.
  • An introduction to transforming and publishing your TEI XML texts in your chosen output format.
  • An opportunity to ask tutors any further questions you might have about applying the techniques you have learned.

Delegates should bring their own laptops for this workshop. All required software will be provided for the duration of the summer school.


Our speakers this year are Gabriel BodardJames CummingsMatthew HolfordKelsey Rubin-DetlevMartina ScholgerSabine Seifert, and Peter Stadler.

The Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School

The TEI workshop sessions are situated amongst a rich variety of keynote and additional lectures which will enhance your knowledge of the wider field and provide interesting commentary on current debate in the Digital Humanities, as well as highlighting other technical areas of interest. During the summer school, you will meet participants from around the world, from every field and career stage. Evening events, such as a research poster and drinks reception and a conference dinner at the beautiful Exeter College, offer further opportunities to meet fellow delegates and exchange ideas.  View the programme for further information.


Reduced fees are available for academics and students, as well as group bookings. See the registration page at for details. 


A limited number of bursaries are also available for the Summer School and open for applications until 18th April; for more information, see

Directors of DHOxSS,
James Cummings
Pip Willcox

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