James Cummings: Encoding Financial Records in TEI – Two Case Studies. Abstract # 17 (random order)

“This presentation will look at the basic methods available for encoding financial records following the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative, including the benefits and limitations, through an examination of two projects with significant financial aspects to them. The first project created encoded texts for the Stationers’ Register. In England from 1577 until 1924, the book-entry Register of the Stationers’ Company was the primary means through which ownership of the right to print texts was asserted, disputed, regulated and monitored. The Stationers’ Register survives intact and an edition of it was created in the nineteenth century. The Stationers’ Register Online (SRO) project, led by Dr Giles Bergel (University of Oxford) and Professor Ian Gadd (Bath Spa University), in collaboration with Dr James Cummings (IT Services) and Pip Willcox (Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services) used this as a base to create the full-text transcription, and the way in which this text was digitised will be discussed. The encoding used for the project, along with a number of transformations and conversions (e.g. from roman numeral pound/shillings/pence to modern values), with be explored. The second case study looks at the work of the Records of Early English Drama (REED) project. REED is an international scholarly project that provides an archival examination of the context from which the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries grew. Over the last thirty-five years REED has worked to locate, transcribe, and edit historical documents containing evidence of drama, secular music, and other communal entertainment and ceremony from the Middle Ages until 1642, when the Puritans closed the London theatres. Many of these historical documents are accounting records and pose a number of problems to encoders. In helping to create a digital workflow for REED, that evolves from an ASCII-based character set, I am designing the schema which will encode these records and will look at the encoding decisions made so far.”

James Cummings, University of Oxford

Presentation: Oct 22, 2.20-2.40 p.m., Haus der Begegnung [PROGRAMME]

 

Picture credits: By Raphael Holinshed [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 


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