L-75. Electronic Texts in XML

David Seaman

Designed as a continuation of XML in Action: Creating Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Texts (L-70), this course will further develop practical skills for the use of TEI, the manipulation of XML datasets, and the delivery of data through stylesheets. Topics include: TEI document design for multiple genres and for cross-database searching; reading and modifying DTDs; the mechanics of SGML/XML conversion; basic PERL skills; grants and project management strategies; XSL stylesheets for content formatting, transformation, and delivery; XML conversion to ebook formats (including Palm, MS Reader, OeB, and PDF); discussion of METS and Open Archives Initiative harvesting; and basic Unix skills, including a guide to Unix text-manipulation utilities.

The RBS course XML in Action: Creating Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Texts (L-70), is normally a prerequisite for this course, though applications from those with equivalent experience in creating, parsing, and manipulating SGML or XML content will also be accepted (with particular consideration given to TEI or EAD experience). In their personal statements, prospective students should describe the extent of their formal or informal training in, and experience with, electronic texts and images.

Course History

2002 & 2004
David Seaman, Matthew Gibson, and Christine Ruotolo co-taught this course.
This course is not currently being offered.

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David Seaman

David Seaman

David Seaman is University librarian and dean of the Syracuse University Libraries. He was previously Associate Librarian for Information Management at Dartmouth College Library. Prior to his years at Dartmouth, he was Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF), an international consortium of major academic libraries. David went to the DLF in July 2002 from the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library, where he was the Center’s founding Director (1992–2002). In this role, he oversaw the creation of online texts, images, and e-books, and helped develop scholarly communities who make innovative use of these new materials and tools. David has lectured and published extensively in the fields of humanities computing and digital libraries, and has taught various Special Collections digitization and XML courses at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia since 1993.

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