Title Creating a maintainable cataloging workflow and infrastructure using TEI

Encoded by   Vanessa Hannesschläger

Encoded by   Daniel Schopper


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For some time, we at Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services (BDLSS) have struggled to maintain a number of TEI-based manuscript catalogues, based on a custom built indexing and display system for which the code has diverged significantly between implementations.

To resolve this, we have embarked on a project to create a new infrastructure and end-to-end workflow for delivering and maintaining TEI-based catalogues moving forward. The aim is to make life considerably easier for both developers and cataloguers. The tools and documentation development as part of the project will be made open-source for other institutions to use and feed into.

As part of this work, we have engaged in an extensive program of user requirements gathering, and are currently in the process of devising the technical architecture of our new solution.

This presentation would explore the results of our requirements gathering exercise, and the insights gained around preferred workflows for catalogue creators, eagerness to engage directly with code, and ideas for exposing the data in novel ways. As part of the requirements gathering exercise, we also conducted a market review, talking to organizations in the UK and the US about how they currently use TEI. We will discuss these findings, and look forward to the technical solution we will be putting in place.