Title Around the world in a TextGrid day. Edit, manage, publish, and explore your TEI data with TextGrid and DARIAH-DE

Encoded by   Vanessa Hannesschläger

Encoded by   Daniel Schopper


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This workshop can be seen as a follow-up to the TEI 2015 Lyon panel on "Shared Platforms for TEI Community: TextGrid, TAPAS, DARIAH" which discussed various TEI based repositories, common user requirements and research scenarios, and their technological frameworks.

The workshop will explore two infrastructures, TextGrid and DARIAH-DE, at work, focusing on modeling a "prototype" digital edition starting with a plain text, finishing with a TEI-based online publication.


Digital editions are one of the core applications of TEI. However, when it comes to not only generating, but publishing enriched data in a standardized, interoperable way, researchers find themselves confronted with a variety of both scholarly and technological decisions and requirements. TextGrid and DARIAH-DE support researchers during the entire process of generating, archiving, and presenting their TEI data in an interoperable environment.

TextGrid is a virtual research environment for the Humanities funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). It enables the collaboration of researchers at different places as well as archiving and publication of research data in an XML-based repository, following international standards. Core components are the TextGrid Repository, an XML-based long-term research data archive, and the TextGrid Laboratory, an adaptable software bundle for collaborative digital scholarly editing based on XML/TEI. TextGrid is part of the digital research infrastructure DARIAH-DE, equally funded by the BMBF, to provide a sustainable digital infrastructure for humanities research. Users benefit from both portfolios with one single login.

On the basis of text extracts from Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days”, participants will transcribe, markup, annotate and geo-refer TEI data with the help of TextGridLab and the DARIAH-DE Geo-Browser. The encoded data will then be published via the TextGrid and DARIAH-DE repository and into a web platform (online edition) through SADE (Scalable Architecture for Digital Editions).

Workshop participants will explore the diversity of the digital research environment TextGrid as well as tools and services of the research infrastructure DARIAH-DE and its possibilities for digital analysis. An introduction to both infrastructures, illustrated by examples from various user scenarios, will be followed by a hands-on session focusing on editing and modeling TEI data, particularly of digital editions, to their publication and exploration. Following these steps, participants will be able to explore the different tools and services to generate, model and publish XML/TEI data guided by TextGrid and DARIAH staff members in small groups according to their own interests and needs. The aim is to create a small digital edition starting with a facsimile and a transcription, enriching data with extended markup such as geospatial encoding, and publishing into both the TextGrid Repository and a SADE instance (web portal).

    step 2 – Editing

  • An XML editor allows working with XML files by offering the user a tree-, source-code, WYSIWYM and web preview. A Unicode Character Table allows easy searching, copying and inserting of any symbol in the Unicode character set. Alternatively, oXygen XML Editor can be embedded.
  • A customizable Metadata Editor for creating and administrating metadata of TextGrid objects that can be used for project-overlapping queries.
  • The Text Image Link Editor supports the XML Editor in linking text and image segments as well as serving as an image annotator. An output file links text elements with the topographical position of a rectangular or polygonal image segment as SVG, as needed for linking facsimiles and transcriptions in digital editions.
  • The image viewer and referencing tool DigiLib covers a gallery view of several images, zoom, scaling, marking, and referencing functions.

    step 3 – Publishing

  • Publishing into the TextGrid Repository: A digital long-term archive for humanities research data to guarantee long-range availability and accessibility together with extensive search facilities, different download formats, and tools for further exploration and visualization.
  • The software SADE – Scalable Architecture for Digital Editions supports the publication of TEI data in the TextGridLab into web portals.

    step 4 – Exploring published editions in the repository

  • Browsing and exploring published editions within TextGridRep and SADE, including persistent identifiers for referencing each object.
  • Visualization of spatio-temporal information via the DARIAH-DE Geo-Browser.
  • Reference tools for both text and image annotation, creating interoperable and referenceable data.
  • Visualization of quantitative text analyses with DigiVoy.


  • TextGrid.
  • TextGrid Registration.
  • TextGrid Lab (Download).
  • TextGrid Rep.
  • TextGrid Online Documentation and Wiki.
  • DARIAH-DE Geo-Browser and Datasheet Editor.
  • DigiVoy.
  • SADE.
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