Examples for Module 2: The TEI Header

5. Walt Whitman: After the Argument

This example contains the TEI header of the digital edition of a manuscript draft of After the Argument, a poem by Walt Whitman. It was encoded and made available by the Walt Whitman Archive.
This TEI header contains a detailed description of the electronic text in <fileDesc>. Apart from the required subsections, the edition of the electronic text is identified briefly in <editionStmt>. The <notesStmt> element contains a general remark about the dating of the manuscript.
Besides the file description, the header contains a detailed account of the file's history in <revisionDesc>.
Functioning as the header of a manuscript transcription, however, one would have expected at least an <encodingDesc>, documenting how the electronic version relates to the source text. When this text is seen in isolation, this header falls short in explaining the editorial choices (that are referred to, however, in the <revisionDesc>). Of course, this text probably features in the wider context of the Walt Whitman Archive, where uniform encoding practices were used for all texts. Still, without repeating boilerplate information in each text of the archive, it would have made sense to provide an <editorialDecl> section with at least pointers to the external documentation of these practices available at http://www.whitmanarchive.org/about/editorial.html and http://www.whitmanarchive.org/mediawiki/index.php/Whitman_Encoding_Guidelines. Furthermore, as the transcription is fairly detailed in the recording of editorial phenomena (additions, deletions, substitutions), identification of the different document hands in <profileDesc> could have made sense.
(Of course, these are only minor remarks, relative to the quality of the surrounding documentation of the archive in which this text is embedded. Yet, even if such external documentation exists, it makes sense to provide pointers in the document.)
<teiHeader type="text">
<title level="m" type="main">After the Argument</title>
<title level="m" type="sub">a machine readable transcription</title>
<author>Walt Whitman</author>
<editor xml:id="KP">Ken Price</editor>
<editor xml:id="EF">Ed Folsom</editor>
<resp>Transcription and encoding</resp>
<name xml:id="WWAstaff">the Walt Whitman Archive staff</name>
<name xml:id="AJ">Andrew Jewell</name>
<name xml:id="BB">Brett Barney</name>
<name xml:id="ZB">Zach Bajaber</name>
<name xml:id="MS">Melissa Sinner</name>
<sponsor>The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities</sponsor>
<sponsor>University of Iowa</sponsor>
<sponsor>University of Nebraska-Lincoln</sponsor>
<funder>The National Endowment for the Humanities</funder>
<funder>The United States Department of Education</funder>
<distributor>The Walt Whitman Archive</distributor>
<addrLine>The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities</addrLine>
<addrLine>Alderman Library</addrLine>
<addrLine>University of Virginia</addrLine>
<addrLine>P.O. Box 400115</addrLine>
<addrLine>Charlottesville, VA 22904-4115</addrLine>
<p>Copyright © 2001 by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, all rights reserved. Items in the Archive may be shared in accordance with the Fair Use provisions of U.S. copyright law. Redistribution or republication on other terms, in any medium, requires express written consent from the editors and advance notification of the publisher, The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Permission to reproduce the graphic images in this archive has been granted by the owners of the originals for this publication only.</p>
<note type="project" target="#dat1">This manuscript was likely written in <date notBefore="1890" notAfter="1891">1890 or early 1891</date>, shortly before the poem's publication.</note>
<author>Walt Whitman</author>
<title>After the Argument</title>
<date cert="high" notBefore="1890" notAfter="1891" xml:id="dat1">1890 or 1891</date>
<orgName xml:id="loc">The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC</orgName>
<note type="project">Transcribed from Joel Myerson, ed. The Walt Whitman Archive I: Whitman Manuscripts at the Library of Congress, New York: Garland, 1993, Part I: 121; Major American Authors on Cd-Rom: Walt Whitman, Westport, CT: Primary Source Media, 1997; our own digital image of original manuscript.</note>
<change when="2004-11-18" who="#KP #AJ">Addition of Date and Work Markup</change>
<change when="2004-07-20" who="#BB">Updated closer/signature</change>
<change when="2003-10-02" who="#BB">Conversion to camel-case</change>
<change when="2002-09-09" who="#BB">Blessed</change>
<change when="2002-08-00" who="#ZB">Updated to current practice</change>
<change when="2002-00-00" who="#KP">Checked by editor</change>
<change when="2002-00-00" who="#BB">Revised</change>
<change when="2001-00-00" who="#MS">Encoded</change>
<change when="2000-00-00" who="JSC">Transcribed</change>


[1] Based on a TEI P4 XML encoding of Erasmus, Desiderius (1867-1872). Desiderii Erasmi Roterodami colloquia familiaria. Lipsiae: sumptibus Ottonis Holtze. Encoded and made available by the Stoa Consortium, University of Kentucky at http://www.stoa.org/hopper/text.jsp?doc=Stoa:text:2003.02.0006
[2] Based on a TEI P4 XML encoding of a letter by Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1885). Encoded and made available by the Lincoln Electronic Text Center of the University of Nebraska at http://higginson.unl.edu/letters/LC1885k07.html
[3] Based on a TEI P4 XML encoding of Marlowe, Christopher (1616). The Tragedie of Doctor Faustus. Encoded and made available by the Perseus Digital Library. Available online at http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.03.0011
[4] Based on a TEI P4 XML encoding of Islam, Mubina (2004). A Selection of Sonnets: electronic edition encoded in XML with a TEI DTD. Unpublished Master's Dissertation, London: University College London (based on Alexander, Peter (1978) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. London: Collins.).
[5] Based on a TEI P4 XML encoding of Whitman, Walt, After the Argument, a manuscript encoded and made available by the Walt Whitman Archive at http://www.whitmanarchive.org/manuscripts/transcriptions/loc.00001.html.
[6] Based on a TEI P3 SGML encoding of Wilde, Oscar, The Importance of Being Earnest. Encoded and made available by CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: a project of University College, Cork. Available online at ftp://ftp.ucc.ie/pub/celt/texts/E850003.002.sgml.
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