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Alan Burk
Director, Electronic Text Centre
University of New Brunswick

Announcing the Eighth Summer Seminar Series at the University of New
Brunswick/ Fredericton/ New Brunswick/ Canada/ August 13-20, 2004

For the past seven years, the Electronic Text Centre at the University of
New Brunswick has offered a highly successful summer institute, “Creating
Electronic Texts and Images- a Practical exploration of the Research,
Preservation and Pedagogical uses of Electronic Text and Images”.  This year
the Centre is pleased to announce an expanded offering of two one-week
workshops, “Essentials of Electronic Publishing” with David Gants, and
“Intensive Introduction to Encoded Archival Description” with Daniel Pitti.
There will also be a two-day workshop “Fundamentals of Digital Imaging” with
Marc Bragdon.

The workshops are designed to effectively balance technical components with
theoretical and practical “hands-on” learning opportunities in
state-of-the-art facilities.  Participants gain a greater understanding of
the latest techniques, tools and standards while expanding their communities
of practice.

Essentials of Electronic Publishing Workshop
Instructor:  David L. Gants
Aug. 16-20
Registration limited to 20

David Gants, works in
the fields of English and Humanities Computing, with special interests in
textual and editorial theory, the history of the book, and Renaissance
English literature.  As Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, he is
working to develop a new generation of digital publications that incorporate
the power of hypermedia and computer networks to investigate textual

This course will introduce students to the essential elements of electronic
publishing.  Topics to be covered include:

        Principals of transcription and editing
        The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
        Basic data structuring
        Using XML
        HTML/SGML to XML conversion
Cascading  Stylesheets
XSL transformations

This course is designed primarily for librarians and archivists who are
planning to develop digital projects; for scholars who are creating
Web-based resources as part of their teaching and research; and for
publishers who are looking to move publications to the Internet.  The
teaching method will emphasize hands-on learning and deal with a variety of
source materials ranging from letters and journals to essays and articles.

Course participants will learn to create a set of on-line digital objects,
while making extensive use of the TEI Guidelines and mark-up resources:
transcribing the source document, planning the textual structure, marking up
the resource, building stylesheets and XSL transformations, and finally
publishing the completed work on the Web.  As well, the course seeks to
inform the creation of digital resources with an awareness of the long
tradition of books and printing.  This will include readings and lectures on
textual scholarship and printing history.  Finally, there will be a half-day
mini-workshop on creating and manipulating digital images to accompany the
electronic texts.

Intensive Introduction to Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Workshop
Instructor: Daniel Pitti
Aug. 16-20
Registration limited to 15

Daniel Pitti, (, is currently Interim
Co-Director at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
(IATH), University of Virginia.  He has been involved in the development of
EAD, as the chief technical editor, since it’s beginning in 1993.  Daniel is
a member of the EAD Working Group of the Society of American Archivists.  He
has taught introductory and advanced courses in the Rare Book School
(Virginia) and around the world since 1997.

Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is an established international standard
for the
XML-based encoding of archival description. This course will provide an
intensive, hands-on introduction to Encoding Archival Description.
Topics to be covered include:

Overview XML and XSLT
Overview of XML editing and publishing tools
History and Current Status of EAD
EAD Semantics and Structure
Guided encoding of a typical finding aid
Encoding of students' finding aids
Conversion techniques
Organization and funding models for archival description projects and

This course is primarily aimed at archivists and manuscript librarians who
would like an intensive introduction to EAD that includes an extensive
supervised hands-on component. Repository administrators contemplating the
implementation of EAD and technologists working in repositories will also
find the course useful.

Lecture and discussion topics will include: an introduction to Extensible
Markup Language (XML) and Extensible Stylesheet Language-Transformations
(XSLT); use of software tools to create and publish finding aids; the
history of EAD, focusing on its theoretical and technological foundations;
the current status of EAD and related standards
development activities, including Encoded Archival Context (EAC) and
Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS); in-depth introduction to
the structure and semantics of EAD; use of software tools to create and
publish finding aids; conversion techniques and methodologies; and the
integration and management of EAD in an archive or library, including
funding and organizational models.  The class will jointly encode and
publish a finding aid that will illustrate a wide variety of essential EAD
and XML concepts.  Students will also encode and publish one of their own
finding aids.

Fundamentals of Digital Imaging Workshop
Instructor:  Marc Bragdon
August 13–14
Registration limited to 15

Marc Bragdon is Electronic Services Librarian with the University of New
Brunswick Libraries Electronic Text Centre.  Marc plays a lead role in the
ongoing development of digital preservation strategies for UNB Libraries
that incorporate international standards in digital imaging and information
exchange as well as associated networked indexing and search/retrieval

Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises,
the instructor will introduce workshop participants to the practical
considerations of creating a digital imaging environment as well as
developing and maintaining production workflows.  Theory covered in the
workshop will be firmly grounded in practice so that participants leave with
a strong sense of where to begin in setting up a custom digital imaging
operation that meets the highest standards for preserving and making
accessible heritage resources.


This year’s Summer Seminar Series suggests that participants have some
experience with the Web and an elementary understanding of HTML or XML.  For
the EAD workshop, applicants should have, at a minimum, a basic knowledge of
archival descriptive practices and experience using word-processing software
with a graphical user interface.

The workshops will be held in two state-of-the-art research and teaching lab
facilities in the Harriet Irving Library on the UNB campus. A Windows PC
will be available for each participant in a comfortable air-conditioned

Registration before July 15 is $950.00 (CDN) for either five-day workshop
and $275.00 (CDN) the two-day workshop.  Late registration fees are
$1,050.00 (CDN) for the five-day workshops and $300.00 for the two-day
Tuition includes taxes; all course fees, nutritional breaks and lunches.
Tuition does NOT include cost of accommodations.

BEGINNING May 7, Workshop Registration and additional details will be
available at:

The Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in picturesque downtown Fredericton is offering
special room rates at $109.00 plus tax (Canadian) for single occupancy.
Participants will be responsible for making their own reservations at (506)
455-3371 or 1-866-444-1946.  Rooms are reserved under UNB Libraries and must
be booked by July 20 to ENSURE RATE AND AVAILABILITY.  Additional
accommodations are available at the City of Fredericton tourism webpage:


1.      Tour and dinner at King’s Landing Historical Settlement – Sunday
afternoon, August 15 (
2.      Barbeque (beef  & lobster) – Wednesday evening, August 18
3.      Friday Farewell Dinner – August 20

Please note that modest additional charges will apply to some of above
special events.

Please contact Susan Oliver ([log in to unmask])
 Lori Tozer at 506-452-6325
Information on prior institutes is available at: