Dear All,
I am delighted to see the interest as well as the experience already acquired on TEI encoding of periodicals - thank you all for the replies! 
I am sharing this message with the entire group in order to inform those of you who are interested and did not yet reply. In order not to swamp the list with our discussions, however, I suggest that at least until Vienna we will continue the discussions in this document and collect relevant material in this designated folder. If you are interested in the topic, please also fill out this form that would help us not only survey the field and collect useful information but to have the basis for a future contact list/discussion group/SIG if such is indeed formed.

Laurent Romary and Susanne Haaf kindly shared their articles - dealing with born-digital scholarly journals and digitized historical newspapers, respectively. Thank you for sending the references to the articles! I was intentionally ambiguous when asking about periodica, in order to accommodate both as well as the unclear line between them; obviously there are very different issues at stake but I suggest we start discussing them as one group, and then see if the need arises to focus or split. 

Finally, a word about my own interest: I am working as consultant to the director (here CC'd) of JPRESS  - the digital platform for historical Jewish Newspapers, a joint project of the National Library of Israel and Tel Aviv University. We are still struggling to improve OCR for the Hebrew script languages, but also have other languages in the collection, and digitization of many more titles in various languages planned. The newspapers are currently saved as PRXML (a format used by the vendor - Olive - to save metadata and OCR) and TIFF files. 
TEI encoding is at this stage just an idea I have, among many, about the future of the collection.

Looking forward to the discussions!

Sinai Rusinek

Digital Humanities Israel

Editor, Contributions to the History of Concepts

From: TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) public discussion list <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Susanne Haaf <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2016 2:20 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: TEI Newspapers?

Dear all,

for our German corpus project Deutsches Textarchiv we have gathered
historical newspapers/newspaper issues from different (digitization)
sources and are integrating them successsively into our corpus. In this
context they are provided with TEI based encoding according to our TEI
format DTABf. This is still work in progress, so we'd be very interested
in an exchange of experiences and ideas about the TEI encoding of

There's also an article about these efforts [1] (English) and some
documentation (German) on the encoding of newspapers in the context of
the DTABf [2].

So, it would be great if there were a group meeting in Vienna to discuss
this topic.

Christian & Susanne.

[1] Susanne Haaf, Matthias Schulz: Historical Newspapers & Journals for
the DTA. In Proceedings of the LRT4HDA workshop, held at the 9th LREC,
Reykjavik (Iceland) 2014.

Susanne Haaf, M.A./Christian Thomas, M.A.
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Deutsches Textarchiv & CLARIN-D

Jägerstr. 22/23, 10117 Berlin
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Am 2016-08-26 00:05, schrieb Till Grallert:
> Dear all,
> I would love to see a SIG for encoding both newspapers and periodical
> journals being established. I am currently encoding early 20th century
> Arabic monthly periodicals and would love to discuss the various
> issues that come up in the process. Unfortunately I won't be in Vienna
> either.
> All the best,
> Till
> –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
> Till Grallert
> Research Associate
> Orient-Institut Beirut <>
> Digital Muqtabas <>
> Project Jarāʾid: A Chronology of Nineteenth Century Arabic Periodicals
> <>
>> On 25 Aug 2016, at 18:53, Sarah Ketchley <[log in to unmask]
>> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>> I'm using TEI to encode late 19th/early 20th century English language
>> newspapers from Egypt. Very interested in continuing this discussion -
>> maybe we can start a shared document off of the TEI mailing list to
>> input emails and research interests?
>> Sarah Ketchley, Ph.D
>> Lecturer
>> Egyptology | Digital Humanities
>> Dept. Near Eastern Languages and Civilization | University of
>> Washington
>> @sarahketchley
>> On Aug 25, 2016, 9:24 AM -0700, Laura Weakly <[log in to unmask]
>> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>, wrote:
>>> I have been using TEI to encode WWI-era magazines and would be
>>> interested in this discussion.
>>> Laura
>>> Laura Weakly
>>> Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
>>> 319 Love Library
>>> University of Nebraska-Lincoln 68588-4100
>>> From: "TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) public discussion list"
>>> <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> on
>>> behalf of Lauren Coats <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
>>> Reply-To: Lauren Coats <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
>>> Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:33 AM
>>> To: "[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>"
>>> <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
>>> Subject: Re: TEI Newspapers?
>>> I'm very interested in this topic, as well.  I've been working on a
>>> project using TEI to mark up mid-19C magazines.  I won't be in
>>> Vienna, but would be keen to join a virtual discussion and/or keep
>>> this thread going.
>>> best,
>>> Lauren
>>> lauren coats
>>> associate professor of english | lsu
>>> director, digital scholarship lab | lsu libraries
>>> editor, archive journal
>>> On 8/24/2016 3:37 PM, Jack Orchard wrote:
>>>> Very much a newcomer to this area, but I'm very interested in
>>>> observing the evolution of a SIG, peripheral engagement with 18th
>>>> Cent newspapers in my background if I can offer anything, just
>>>> wanted to let you know I'm following this thread with interest.
>>>> Jack Orchard
>>>> Swansea University
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>> On Aug 24, 2016, at 9:42 PM, Elisabeth Burr
>>>>> <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>> <mailto:[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>> Dear both and all,
>>>>> I would be very interested in a SIG on newspapers. We have been
>>>>> creating newspaper corpora for a long time now.
>>>>> Could you / we be clear whether we are talking about (daily)
>>>>> newspapers or periodicals.
>>>>> I am terribly sorry, but I will not be able to be in Vienna.
>>>>> Best Elisabeth
>>>>>> Am 24.08.2016 um 18:21 schrieb Clifford E. Wulfman:
>>>>>> Dear Sinai,
>>>>>> I would be very keen to discuss this in Vienna!  I’ve been
>>>>>> tinkering away at various models for several years, as part of the
>>>>>> Modernist Journals Project and the Blue Mountain Project; we even
>>>>>> held a hackathon here at Princeton this past winter to talk a bit
>>>>>> about it. I have lots of ideas, and LOTS of questions!
>>>>>> —Cliff
>>>>>>> On Aug 24, 2016, at 11:21 AM, Sinai Rusinek
>>>>>>> <[log in to unmask]> <mailto:[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>>>> Dear All,
>>>>>>> Was there ever a thought about a SIG, a TEI Module or some other
>>>>>>> community discussion or resource on using XML-TEI for
>>>>>>> periodicals? If not, would you find it interesting? if not, why?
>>>>>>> and then, could we raise or discuss this over Ein Wiener Melange?
>>>>>>> Thanks, and all best,
>>>>>>> Sinai
>>>>> --
>>>>> Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Burr
>>>>> Lehrstuhl Französische / frankophone und italienische
>>>>> Sprachwissenschaft
>>>>> Institut für Romanistik
>>>>> Universität Leipzig
>>>>> Beethovenstr. 15
>>>>> D-04107 Leipzig
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