Event date
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Event time
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Barrows 356: D-Lab Convening Room

XML is a standard from which many encoding languages are created, and it structures much of the data on the Internet. XML is a language of the web (as HTML); it is widely used in mapping and geographic information systems (as KML, the language of Google Maps and Google Earth); it is the basis of TEI, a set of archival standards for the creation and preservation of electronic texts; and databases using XML (such as eXist-db and BaseX) are becoming increasingly popular, especially for use with historical and literary materials. Ubiquitous in computing and relatively easy to learn, XML is a fundamental skill and a powerful way of describing, manipulating, and presenting data and text.
This three-part workshop series will introduce the basic concepts and applications of XML, with hands-on exercises in HTML, KML, and TEI, using materials that are constructed around historical documents and literary texts.
Prior knowledge: These workshops assume no prior knowledge of computing languages, and people of all levels are welcome.
Part 1 Topics (April 13, 2017)
Fundamental concepts
Participants will create a website using historical documents from the Old Bailey Archive.
Part 2 Topics (April 20, 2017)
Introduction to KML and TEI
Using the same Old Bailey materials, participants will create dynamic maps from KML files, and they will discuss the interpretive issues at play in creating a digital edition using the TEI standard.
Prerequisite: Part 1 of this series, or a solid understanding of HTML
Part 3 Topics [Cancelled... look for it in the future!]
Exploration of other areas of XML, based on participant interest.  
Possible topics might include styling a website with CSS, more depth in KML and/or TEI, vector graphics with SVG, library metadata standards, or something else.  
Prerequisite: Part 2 of this series