Non-Profit Group To Promote Text-Encoding Standard For Online Research
6, 2001-- The University of Virginia and three other
schools have created a new non-profit corporation to develop and
sustain the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), an international, interdisciplinary
standard to help libraries, museums, publishers, and scholars present
literary and linguistic texts in digital form for online research
new TEI Consortium, which is led by U.Va., Oxford University in
England, Brown University in Rhode Island and the University of
Bergen, Norway, is seeking new membership participation from its
user community, especially individual scholars, research libraries
and scholarly publishers.
Unsworth, chair of the group's board and director of the U.Va. Institute
for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, says electronic texts
created with the TEI encoding standard can convey a wide range of
content and structure, including footnotes and critical material.
He added that these documents can then avoid the rapid obsolescence
that software application-specific file formats often suffer.
already widely use the TEI. For example, the full-text resources
in the American Memory collection of the Library of Congress conform
to the standard. Consortium members include universities and colleges,
research libraries, academic and other non-profit publishers and
scholarly societies. They help determine the priorities and directions
for the consortiums work.
requires standards, and digital infrastructure is no exception,"
Unsworth said. "The business of all humanities institutions is to
balance preserving cultural heritage with adapting to cultural change.
Standards efforts, such as the TEI, help counter the rapid evolution
that characterizes information technology."
1987 to 2000, three scholarly societies (the Association for Computers
and the Humanities, the Association for Computational Linguistics,
and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing) sponsored
the TEIs work and funded it by grants from federal, private,
and international sources. Unsworth said the new consortium will
reduce the initiatives reliance on grant funding and will
provide formal representation for the growing community of TEI users
details of the opportunities for participation in the TEI Consortium
and dues are available on the TEI-C Web site at http://www.tei-c.org/Consortium/memship.html.
General inquiries about the consortium may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inquiries specifically about membership should be sent to email@example.com.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6854