15.395 report on TEI meeting

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 395.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 08:17:38 +0000
             From: John Unsworth <jmu2m@virginia.edu>
             Subject: TEI members' meeting

    Pisa (Italy), November 18th 2001


    The first ever Annual Members' meeting of the Text Encoding
    Initiative Consortium took place on November 17, 2001, in Pisa, Italy.
    During the meeting, the Consortium also held its first elections.

    The meeting began with a keynote from former TEI-editor C.M. Sperberg
    McQueen on the subject "The TEI is dead: long live the TEI", and
    included a wide range of presentations from different parts
    of the international TEI community, on topics as diverse as the editing
    of medieval manuscripts and the construction of language corpora for
    minority languages, but the chief focus of the two day event was the
    technical and organizational work lying ahead for the Consortium.

    Technically speaking, the work already begun on creating a true XML
    version of the Guidelines is well advanced. Participants were given
    tangible expression of this in the shape of a draft printout of TEI
    P4, the next version of the Guidelines (which has full support for
    both XML and SGML); an updated edition of the Consortium's "XML
    Resources for Text Encoding" CD was also distributed.

    Organizationally speaking, the meeting also marked a major step
    forward. The Consortium held its first elections, completing a
    two-year process of restructuring the TEI as a non-profit membership
    organization with elected leadership.

    Peter Robinson (De Montfort University) and Harold Short (King's
    College, London) were elected to two-year terms on the Consortium's
    Board of Directors. Six candidates were also elected to two-year
    terms on the TEI Council, the committee that will oversee the
    technical work of the TEI: Matthew Driscoll (University of
    Copenhagen), Tomaz Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana,
    Slovenia), Merrilee Proffitt (Research Libraries Group), Laurent
    Romary (INRIA Laboratoire Loria), Perry Willett (Indiana University),
    and Christian Wittern (Kyoto University). In addition, four members
    of the TEI community were appointed by the Board of Directors to
    one-year terms on the TEI Council, with the option to stand for
    election next year: David J. Birnbaum (University of Pittsburgh),
    David Durand (Brown University and ingenta plc), Fotis Jannidis
    (University of Munich), and Geoffrey Rockwell (McMaster University).
    Joining them on the Council will be two representatives from the Board
    of Directors, Sebastian Rahtz (Oxford University) and John Unsworth
    (University of Virginia). Unsworth will chair the Board and, at the
    Board's request, the Council.

    The existence of the new Technical Council makes it possible for the
    technical work of the TEI to proceed on a well-founded and responsive
    basis. At the meeting, a number of possible development priorities
    were identified: the first order of business will be to oversee a
    final review of the draft P4 Guidelines; this will be complemented by
    a process funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities which
    will develop and document tools and methods for moving TEI collections
    from SGML to XML. The Council will also have the responsibility for
    chartering and monitoring new TEI work groups to work towards the next
    edition of the Guidelines, in response to the needs of the TEI
    community as reflected in its membership. The first meeting of the
    Council is planned for January of 2002.

    TEI Board members will of course continue to recruit new members for
    the Consortium, and to promote, develop, and organize TEI training
    activities. In this context, new funding opportunities are being
    vigorously pursued on both sides of the Atlantic, with a view to
    expansion of the TEI community, in particular in the under-developed
    economies, and to the availability of new TEI tools and training

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