From owner-humanist@lists.Princeton.EDU Wed Mar 26 17:28:02 1997
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 23:16:15 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 10.0813 SGML courses; Digital Colloquium

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 813.
    Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
      Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
        Information at

         From:    "David M. Seaman" <>
         Subject: SGML courses at Virginia

        Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 16:50:44 -0500 (EST)
        From: "David M. Seaman" <>
        Subject: SGML courses at Virginia



		   Monday 14 July - Friday 8 August 1997

RBS offers a collection of five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning 
electronic texts, rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.
This year, two separate SGML courses will be taught, by David Seaman and
Daniel Pitti.

WEEK TWO: Monday 21 July - Friday 25 July 1997
WEEK FOUR:  Monday 4 August - Friday 8 August 1997

Introduction to Electronic Texts and Images. 

This course will provide a wide-ranging and practical exploration of 
electronic texts and related technologies.  The course is aimed primarily 
(although not exclusively) at scholars keen to develop, use, and publish 
electronic texts, and at librarians planning to develop an etext operation. 
Drawing on the experience and resources available at UVa's Electronic Text 
Center, the course will cover the following areas: 

how to find and evaluate existing etexts
how to use a scanner to create etexts, including digital image facsimiles
the necessity of Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML)
text and image analysis software
the management and use of on-line text databases

As a focus for our study of etexts, the class will create an electronic 
version of a printed text, mark its structure with SGML tagging, 
create digital images of sample pages and illustrations, produce a 
hypertext version, and make it all available on the Internet.

Instructor: David Seaman
David Seaman is the founding director of the nationally-known Electronic
Text Center and on-line archive at the University of Virginia. He lectures and
writes frequently on SGML, the Internet, and the creation and use of
electronic texts in the humanities.

WEEK THREE: Monday 28 July - Friday 1 August 1997

Implementing Encoded Archival Description. 

This course will provide a practical introduction to the application
of the emerging standard Encoded Archival Description (EAD) to the
encoding of archive and manuscript library finding aids.

The course is aimed primarily at archivists who process and describe
collections in finding aids, though it will also be useful to repository
administrators contemplating the implementation of EAD, and to
technologists working in repositories. The course will cover the following
areas: the history of EAD and its theoretical and technological
foundations; an introduction to Standard Generalized Markup
Language (SGML) including discussions of authoring and network
publishing tools; a detailed exploration of the structure of EAD; use of
software tools to create and publish finding aids; discussion of conversion
techniques and methodologies, and templates for creation of new finding
aids; and finally, the integration and management of EAD in an archive or

The class will jointly encode and publish a finding aid that will illustrate
a wide variety of essential EAD and SGML concepts.

Applicants need a basic knowledge of archival descriptive practices as well as
experience using word-processing software with a graphical user
interface. Some experience with the World Wide Web and HTML will aid
the learning process. In their personal statement, applicants should indicate
their relevant archival background, experience with computers, and their
expected role in the implementation of EAD in their home institution. 

Instriuctor: Daniel Pitti.
Daniel Pitti became Project Director at the University of Virginia's Institute for
Advanced Technology earlier this year, before which he was Librarian for
Advanced Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley. He
was the Coordinator of the Encoded Archival Description initiative.


FOR AN APPLICATION FORM and a copy of the RBS 1997, write Rare
Book School, 114 Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville,
VA 22903-2498; or fax 804/924-8824; or email; or
telephone 804/924-8851. Electronic copies of the Expanded Course
Description and various other RBS documents can be accessed through
our World Wide Web site: http://poe.acc.Virginia.EDU/~oldbooks/rbs97/


David Seaman, Director           804-924-3230 (phone)
Electronic Text Center           804-924-1431 (fax)     
Alderman Library		 email:
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903