[Humanist] 25.714 call for contributors and testers

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Sat Feb 11 09:11:42 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 714.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 08:41:39 -0500
        From: Julia Flanders <julia_flanders at brown.edu>
        Subject: Call for TAPAS test contributors and beta-testers

Call for TAPAS test contributors and beta-testers

Do you have TEI data and an adventurous spirit? The TEI Archiving,  
Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS) is seeking participants to help  
us test early versions of the TAPAS service, now under development  
with generous funding from the IMLS and NEH. Over time, TAPAS will  
provide a full set of repository and publishing services for TEI  
projects. In the first year, our goal is to permit contributors to  
upload TEI files and associated data to a Fedora repository, create  
metadata, and perform basic file management.

Here’s how beta-testers and test contributors can help during the  
course of the coming year:

1. In summer 2012, we will be developing the ingestion interface  
through which TEI data can be submitted to TAPAS. We’ll be looking for  
feedback on usability and required features, as well as basic  
information about your TEI data.

2. In fall 2012, we will be testing the submission and ingestion  
interface. We will need test contributors with TEI data willing to  
upload it to TAPAS and tell us how we can improve the process.

3. In late summer and early fall 2012, we will be working on  
documentation and will need readers who can help us identify areas  
that need explanation, and help us clarify difficult points.

4. Throughout the development process, we'll be glad of thoughtful  
test users of all kinds interested in being part of a "virtual focus  

We welcome participants willing to help with any or all of these  
activities. Even if you don’t have any TEI data right now, but will  
have some soon, we would be glad to hear from you. And if you'd just  
like to be kept on our mailing list for when we start recruiting TAPAS  
members, you can sign up for that as well.

A few caveats are important here. Our long-term goal is to provide a  
fully functional repository and publishing service for TEI data.  
However, in this phase of the project we are building and testing the  
service in a very preliminary way. Data contributed by beta-testers  
will be used for testing purposes to help us develop schemas,  
stylesheets, and interface features, but we cannot make any guarantees  
about functionality, long-term storage, or anything else at this early  
stage. Test data and projects will be visible (and visibly thanked!)  
on the TAPAS site.

To express your interest, please register here: http://bit.ly/ufjOFO

Thanks and best wishes on behalf of the TAPAS team,

Julia Flanders, Brown University
Scott Hamlin, Wheaton College

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