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        TEI Annual Members Meeting
        Sofia, Bulgaria
        October 28-29, 2005

This year's TEI members meeting will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria,
hosted jointly by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Sofia
University. On the first day, October 28, there will be a public
program of presentations on the work of the TEI, including current
research, applications, and tools. The second day is for TEI members
only, and includes the annual TEI elections, as well as the TEI
business meeting and reports on updates to the TEI guidelines, the
new TEI hosts, and other TEI developments.

I strongly encourage all members of the TEI  community (TEI members
and non-members alike) to attend. This year has already been full of
changes and new developments--to the Guidelines, to the TEI web
space, to the TEI hosts--and this year's meeting will provide an
opportunity to discuss them all and consider directions for the year
to come. It will also offer a chance to learn more about the work
that is being done in text encoding in eastern Europe. Bulgaria is a
lovely place, and food and lodging promise to be quite reasonable.

If you'd like to attend the members-only portion of the meeting and
are not part of a TEI member institution, please consider joining the
TEI as a subscriber; the annual fee is US$50 per year. If you'd like
to get your institution to join but don't know where to start, just
email us at [log in to unmask] and we'll be glad to help.

More details about the program, and information about lodging and
registration, will be available at the TEI web site closer to the

In addition, the local organizers have asked me to mention a related
event which will be of interest to the TEI membership. Immediately
before the members meeting, there will be an international conference
and workshop held in Sofia on 24-27 October. The conference and
workshop are being organized by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
(the Institute of Bulgarian Language, the Institute of Literature,
the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, the Central Library of
BAS) and the Program Committee consists of Prof. Vassil Raynov, Prof.
Stefan Dodunekov, Assoc. Prof. Dincho Krastev, Assoc. Prof. Svetla
Koeva, Assoc. Prof. Nikola Ikonomov, Assoc. Prof. Anissava Miltenova

Themes of the conference include applications of information
technologies in the humanities; computer processing of old and modern
Slavic languages and texts; description, analysis, and edition of
Slavic sources with computer tools; and electronic publishing. A
workshop for specialists and researchers on computational linguistics
and on the application of the TEI guidelines to electronic publishing
is included in the framework of the conference. Participants are
expected from more than fifteen countries in the workshop, with
lecturers from the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, Bulgaria,
and elsewhere.

For more information about the conference and workshop, please
contact Anissava Miltenova at [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]

I hope to see many of you in Bulgaria!

Best wishes, Julia

Julia Flanders
Chair, TEI Consortium
Brown University