Encoding music and text: an exploration

11 January 2017 9.00am 1.00pm


Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library (Map)


Pip Wilcox pip.willcox@bodleian.ox.ac.uk


You are invited to join us for a multidisciplinary workshop exploring and articulating the current state of digital encoding for music and text, and where we might go next.

Creating digital editions of text and of music is well understood. Two established XML-based standards in common use are the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI). Both TEI and MEI are used to signify the encoding standard and the governing community that creates and uses it.

The TEI was founded in 1987 and is a mature and still developing standard with a large and lively international community. The MEI, founded in 1999, has been inspired by the TEI, and is equally the focus of an international, growing community.

While the two encoding initiatives are not formally related, they share many common characteristics and development practices. A TEI-encoded text can be embedded in an MEI-encoded document and vice versa. There has been work in this field already, including through the TEI Music Special Interest Group, and a repository of associated files is available online.

This workshop will explore how well this is working, and where there are spaces for improvement in documentation or in coding. Discussions will focus around case studies and will be generalizable.

This workshop is organized by:

  • Xavier Bach, Queen's College, University of Oxford
  • James Cummings, IT Services, University of Oxford
  • Andrew Hankinson, Faculty of Music/Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford
  • Raffaele Viglianti, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
  • Pip Willcox, Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Bodleian Libraries/Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford


Please note that this workshop is open to members of the University of Oxford only.

Please email Pip Willcox (pip.willcox@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) to register your place.

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