We are very pleased to announce the start of development for the TEI
Archiving, Publication, and Access service (TAPAS, http://www.tapasproject.org
), which we hope will be of interest to many in the TEI and digital
humanities community. TAPAS is creating a digital repository and
publishing service for TEI data, to support those who do not have
access to such resources at their own institutions.
The groundwork for TAPAS began in 2009 with a planning grant from the
IMLS. Starting December 2011, with a two-year IMLS National Leadership
Grant and an 18-month NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant, we are
building the TAPAS repository and user interface, including an API
that will permit third parties to work with TEI data drawn from TAPAS.
We’ll be using Fedora with Islandora and Drupal to provide an
intuitive interface for users at all levels to contribute, manage, and
publish TEI data.
A few key milestones during the next year:
• We have a job search open for a repository developer; this will be
a two-year, full-time position with the possibility of continuation
depending on ongoing funding. It should be a really interesting job
with a great project team.
• Very shortly we will be seeking contributors interested in helping
us test and document the data ingestion process.
• By the end of 2012, we expect to be able to accept contributions of
TEI data on a trial basis.
When fully launched, the TAPAS service will also provide TEI training,
consultation services, documentation and tutorials. The basic service
will be free and open to all, with a scaled membership fee structure
(based on level of usage and access to advanced support) to provide
for the long-term sustainability of the service.
TAPAS is hosted at Brown University, Wheaton College, and the
University of Virginia, and is supported by a growing community of
institutions including Dickinson College, Hamilton College, Mt.
Holyoke College, the University of Puget Sound, Vassar College, and
Willamette University. We look forward to serving the TEI community!
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Best wishes on behalf of the TAPAS team,
Julia Flanders, Brown University
Scott Hamlin, Wheaton College