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Encoding ancient texts

DARIAH Workshop EpiDoc

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Published on Monday, March 27, 2017 by Jakob Epler

Summary

The topic of the DARIAH training workshop “EpiDoc” will be digital editing of epigraphic and papyrological texts. It will focus on the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. The workshop is intended for scholars of all levels, from students to professors.

Announcement

This four-day DARIAH training workshop on “EpiDoc” will be held in Athens (Greece), from Tuesday, 2 May to Friday, 5 May 2017, at the Academy of Athens. The workshop is organized by the Academy of Athens within the framework of the DARIA-EU project “Humanities at Scale”.

Presentation

The topic of the training workshop “EpiDoc” will be digital editing of epigraphic and papyrological texts and will focus on the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. EpiDoc (epidoc.sf.net) is a community of practice and guidance for using TEI XML for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. It has been used to publish digital projects including Inscriptions of Aphrodisias and Tripolitania, Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri, Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri, and EAGLE Europeana Project. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object descriptions, identifying and linking to external person and place authorities, and project workflow and management.

Instructors: Elli Mylonas and Simona Stoyanova.

The four-day workshop will be divided into five sections:

Section 1: Encoding epigraphic and other texts: Basic EpiDoc, using OxygenXML, transforming text with XSL for proofreading and display.

Section 2: Metadata: Encoding the history and description of the textual support.

Section 3: Advanced Features (Apparatus criticus, verse, complex texts).

Section 4: Text encoding projects: organization, roles, workflows.

Section 5: Vocabularies and Analysis: indexing, names and places, controlled vocabularies.

The workshop will include ample time for hands on practice, questions, discussion of individual projects, and the option to learn about topics that are of special interest to participants.

Preliminary programme

Tuesday May 2

  • 9:00 Welcome, introduction
  • Introduce XML, TEI, EpiDoc and Oxygen. Look at examples of existing digital corpora. Discuss editorial aspects of encoding.
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Starting to Encode:
  • Oxygen setup; tagging text transcription and Leiden features. Hands-on work.
  • 16:30 Private practice session and questions
  • 17:00 End

Wednesday May 3

  • 9:00 Continuation of text encoding
  • Further Leiden practice; text directionality; XSLT transformation for proofreading and display. Hands-on work.
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Tagging metadata
  • Adding the description and history of the objects. Overall structure of an EpiDoc text. Hands-on work.
  • 16:30 Private practice session; identify topics participants are specifically interested in.
  • 17:00 End

Thursday May 4

  • 9:00 Advanced Textual Features
  • Apparatus Criticus; Verse. Other features including translations, notes, bibliography. Hands-on work.
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Working with EpiDoc.
  • Longer term projects, roles and supporting skills. Alternate ways to enter and validate XML. Discussion
  • 16:30 Private practice session and questions
  • 17:00 End

Friday May 5

  • 9:00 Vocabularies and analysis.
  • Lemmatization, words and names; controlled vocabularies and linked data.
  • Address questions and unfinished topics.
  • Discussion, debrief, questions about participants’ own projects
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Conclusion
  • Overview and evaluation of ongoing projects in the EpiDoc community.
  • Detailed overview of EpiDoc resources and community for continuing support.
  • Further discussion of individual projects.
  • 16:00 End

Practical Information

The workshop will be conducted in English and the participation is free.

The workshop will assume knowledge of epigraphy or papyrology; Greek, Latin or another ancient language; and the Leiden Conventions. No technical skills are required, and scholars of all levels, from students to professors, are welcome.

The participants should bring their own laptops. It is also strongly recommended for the participants to have prepared in advance a mini corpus of texts concerning their field of scientific interest.

Registration

Please fill the application form until 10 April 2017 at the following address:

https://goo.gl/forms/0Xaf8umatP8oJaCf1

Due to the limited seats there will be a selection among applicants. Applicants will be notified by email.

Organisation

Academy of Athens

Project DARIAH-EU – Humanities at Scale

Location

Academy of Athens – Main Building, East Hall

Panepistimiou 28,

10679 Athens

Greece

For additional information, please contact: gchrysovitsanos@academyofathens.gr

Readings

The first three items provide a good overview to Digital Epigraphy and Epidoc. We recommend that you read those first. 

Places

  • Main Building, East Hall - Academy of Athens - 28, Panepistimiou
    Athens, Greece (10679)

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, May 02, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 03, 2017
  • Thursday, May 04, 2017
  • Friday, May 05, 2017

Keywords

  • DARIAH, Humanities at Scale, EpiDoc, Epigraphy, Papyrology, Digital editions

Contact(s)

  • Gerasimos Chrysovitsanos
    courriel : gchrysovitsanos [at] academyofathens [dot] gr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Gerasimos Chrysovitsanos
    courriel : gchrysovitsanos [at] academyofathens [dot] gr

To cite this announcement

« Encoding ancient texts », Miscellaneous information, Calenda, Published on Monday, March 27, 2017, http://calenda.org/399273