[Asis-l] EAD and Etext/XML courses at Virginia

Rare Book School fac-fbap at virginia.edu
Tue Oct 1 10:30:05 EDT 2002

[Cross-posted. Please excuse any duplication.]

RARE BOOK SCHOOL is pleased to announce its Winter and Spring 2003 
Sessions, a collection of five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning 
rare books, manuscripts, the history of books and printing, and special 
collections to be held at the University of Virginia.

FOR AN APPLICATION FORM and electronic copies of the complete brochure and 
Rare Book School expanded course descriptions, providing additional details 
about the courses offered and other information about Rare Book School, 
visit our Web site at


Subscribers to the list may find the following Rare Book School courses to 
be of particular interest:

6-10). Encoded Archival Description (EAD) provides standardized 
machine-readable access to primary resource materials. This course is aimed 
at archivists, librarians, and museum personnel who would like an 
introduction to EAD that includes an extensive supervised hands-on 
component. Students will learn SGML encoding techniques in part using 
examples selected from among their own institutions' finding aids. Topics: 
the context out of which EAD emerged; introduction to the use of SGML 
authoring tools and browsers; the conversion of existing finding aids to 
EAD. Instructor: Daniel Pitti

DANIEL PITTI became Project Director at the University of Virginia's 
Institute for Advanced Technology in 1997, before which he was Librarian 
for Advanced Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was 
the Coordinator of the Encoded Archival Description initiative. He has 
taught this course since 1997, usually twice annually.

exploration of the research, preservation, editing, and pedagogical uses of 
electronic texts and images in the humanities. The course will center 
around the creation of a set of archival-quality etexts and digital images, 
for which we shall also create an Encoded Archival Description guide. 
Topics include: SGML tagging and conversion; using the Text Encoding 
Initiative Guidelines; the form and implications of XML; publishing on the 
World Wide Web; and the management and use of online texts. Some experience 
with HTML is a prerequisite for admission to the course. Instructor: David 

DAVID SEAMAN is the founding director of the internationally renowned 
Electronic Text Center and online 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. He has taught this course at 
Rare Book School many times since 1994.

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