Quotation Hechtl, Angelika, Apostolo, Stefano, Börner, Ingo. 2017. Collaborative Encoding of Text Genesis: A didactical approach for teaching genetic encoding with the TEI. TEI 2017, Victoria, BC, Kanada, 13.11.




Textual criticism, the identification of textual variants and the reconstruction of the genesis of a literary text, is one of the most challenging tasks philologists currently face. The TEI Guidelines have offered ways to encode manuscript genetics for almost a decade (chapter 11.7) ( TEI Consortium 2013). However, the corresponding parts are considered to be more advanced topics, and are rarely covered in introductory courses or teaching materials. The proposed paper is based on an encoding workshop at the University of Vienna in May 2017, with the aim of introducing encoding strategies of text genesis to less technologically advanced scholars. The paper discusses the question of how genetic encoding can be taught: We argue that in learning a complex topic, it helps to work on self-produced material, instead of encoding sample documents of real world editing projects, where previous knowledge is required. After experiencing the very writing process, participants were able to easily analyze the material of the other group, and could thus focus entirely on its electronic representation. Furthermore, they could verify their hypotheses by studying the video recording.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Collaborative Encoding of Text Genesis: A didactical approach for teaching genetic encoding with the TEI
Event TEI 2017
Year 2017
Date 13.11.
Country Canada
Location Victoria, BC


Hechtl, Angelika (Former researcher)
Apostolo, Stefano (University of Milan, Italy)
Börner, Ingo (Vienna University, Austria)
Institute for Slavic Languages IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1109 Information and data processing (Details)
6903 Humanities (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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