EpiDoc Workshops

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EpiDoc Workshops have been run on several occasions over the past few years, with the intention of disseminating skills and experience and encouraging discussion on the topic of TEI markup for the encoding of epigraphic, papyrological, and other ancient texts.

Future events

  • EpiDoc workshops have been proposed or considered for Bari, Berlin, Brown, Michigan, Paris, Rome, Torino, Udine, Vienna
  • An EpiDoc Training Workshop will be held at the Institute for Classical Studies, London, April 22-25, 2013
  • An EpiDoc training week will take place in Bologna, Italy, in early May 2013
  • Another training workshop may be held in London in August 2013
  • A training workshop is planned for September 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • A short tutorial on EpiDoc markup and tools has been proposed for the TEI Members Meeting in Rome in October 2013 (to be confirmed)

Past Events

Full, week-long Summer Schools have been run at:

  • Institute for Classical Studies, London, September 5-8, 2011
  • Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London, July 2005; May 2006; June 2007; July 14-18, 2008; June 28th-July 1st, 2010
  • Humanities Lab, IULM, Milan, June 16-20, 2008
  • British School at Rome, September 21-25, 2009
  • EpiDoc/SoSOL workshop, King's College London, March 8-13, 2010
  • EpiDoc/SoSOL workshop, Duke University, July 15-17, 2010
  • EpiDoc/SoSOL workshop, Lyon, September 13-17, 2010
  • EpiDoc/SoSOL workshop, Bologna, January 10-14, 2011
  • EpiDoc/SoSol workshop, Università «Mediterranea», Reggio Calabria, June 4-7, 2012

Shorter training events have taken place at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC in 2005; at the American Academy in Rome, October 2006; at the AIA/APA meeting in San Diego, January 2007; at the Centre Camille Jullian, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, in Aix-en-Provence, in February 2011.

If you want to run an EpiDoc workshop

If you would like to run or host an EpiDoc training workshop at some point, please in the first instance contact the Markup list to canvass the possible trainers for their availability.

Please be prepared to:

  • raise money to fund travel and accommodation (at least) for two or preferably three experienced trainers to visit and run the workshop
  • begin planning the workshop at least 6 months ahead, and be flexible
  • provide a seminar room with space for 10-15 participants to sit comfortably, with wireless internet access and data projection
  • ...


The programme of the April 2013 Workshop in London. All training materials are freely downloadable.

Monday April 22

10:30 Introduction to EpiDoc and XML (see General Introduction ; Bibliographic Tagging; Detailed XML Rules)

Introduction to EpiDoc XML and Leiden distinctions (see EpiDoc Guidelines; Cheatsheet; Example Inscription (Latin); Example Inscription (Greek))

12:30 lunch
14:00 Oxygen setup and practice (see EpiDoc Download Package)

Transformation with Oxygen (see Running XSLT in Oxygen)

EpiDoc markup features (see Textual Corrections; Symbols and Marks; Structure of the Text)

16:30 ends

Tuesday April 23

10:00 Other information in the transcribed text (see Word Name and Place Markup; Divisions of an EpiDoc Edition; Apparatus Criticus)

Descriptive and historical data (see Manuscript Description overview; Dates, Dating and Age at Death; Certainty and Precision)

12:30 lunch
14:00 More descriptive and historical data (see Object Description; Figures and Facsimile; Places and Locations)

External vocabularies and relationships (see Authority Lists Relationships between persons, places, events, texts)

16:30 ends

Wednesday April 24

10:00 Crosswalking (EpiDoc and EAGLE/EDR conformance, HGV to EpiDoc, IRT to EDH)

Stylesheets (see CSS and XSLT; XPath)

12:30 lunch
14:00 Introduction to SoSOL (http://papyri.info/editor)

Brief guide to SoSOL: (guide)

Text (see Leiden+ guidelines)

Practice with various papyrological texts, which will be specified nearer the time and assigned during the training session. Texts taken from O.Abu.Mina will be entered (text documents can be found here: OAbuMina). Assigned papyrological texts, SoSOL/Leiden+ practice (see Assignments)

16:30 ends

Thursday April 25

10:00 SoSOL Translations syntax

Continue practice (see Assignments)

Further practice (EpiDoc and/or SoSOL)

12:30 lunch
14:00 EpiDoc community and support (see EpiDoc website, Markup list, Sourceforge Tickets)

EpiDoc support website feedback session

Closing remarks

15:30 ends

materials not used this time


Questions for discussion on Markup
  • typology of interpuncts and other g-types
  • typology of letterforms/letter fragments (Daniel)
  • encoding word-spacing on source text (Zheira)
  • referent of @xml:lang: source or edition? (Terhi)
Guidelines improvements needed
  • why/when list language tags in header?
  • default that lb is word-dividing?
  • default text direction?
XSLT fixes needed
  • spacing around milestones (and lines) when no tei:w markup
  • omit first milestone element in each line
  • Rahtz re nbsp in egXML


For more information on future EpiDoc training events, please inquire on the Markup list