Module 2: The TEI Header

1. Desiderius Erasmus: Colloquia familiaria

This example features the TEI header for the transcription of Colloquia familiaria, a series of colloquia written by Desiderius Erasmus. They are encoded and made available by the Stoa Consortium, University of Kentucky.

This is an excellent example of a TEI header. The file description provides the minimal information sections about the title and responsibilities of the electronic text, its publication, and its source. Editorial principles are documented in <encodingDesc>, which also has a statement about sampling decisions in <samplingDesc> (see section 2.3.2 The Sampling Declaration of the TEI Guidelines). It also contains a formal declaration of a reference system, for which it makes use of <refState> elements (see section Milestone Method of the TEI Guidelines). Two classification systems are declared in <classDecl>: Library of Congress Subject Headings and Library of Congress Classification. The next header section, <profileDesc>, contains the actual classification of the text according to both systems, in <textClass>. This is a nice illustration of two classification strategies: using natural language keywords (<keywords>) or abstract classification codes (<classCode>). Also, the languages of the text are formally declared in <langUsage>. Finally, a complete revision history is available in <revisionDesc>.

<teiHeader xmlns="">
<title>Colloquia familiaria</title>
<author>Desiderius Erasmus</author>
<resp>Encoded by</resp>
<name xml:id="JN">Jennifer K. Nelson</name>
<name xml:id="GE">Gretche Ermer</name>
<principal>A. Ross Scaife</principal>
<sponsor>Cultural Heritage Language Technologies</sponsor>
<publisher>Stoa Consortium</publisher>
<pubPlace>Lexington, KY</pubPlace>
<addrLine>Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures</addrLine>
<addrLine>1055 Patterson Office Tower</addrLine>
<addrLine>University of Kentucky</addrLine>
<addrLine>Lexington, KY 40506​-0027</addrLine>
<author>Erasmus, Desiderius, d. 1536</author>
<title type="main">Desiderii Erasmi Roterodami colloquia familiaria</title>
<title type="subordinate">ad optimarum editionum fidem diligenter emendata, cum succincta difficiliorum explanatione</title>
<edition>Ed. stereotypa</edition>
<publisher>sumptibus Ottonis Holtze</publisher>
<extent>771 p. (2 vols) ; 15 cm.</extent>
<p>Editorial notes in the Holtze edition have not been reproduced</p>
<normalization method="silent">
<p>Original punctuation conventions in the Holtze edition have been retained as much as possible</p>
<hyphenation eol="none">
<p>Hyphenated words that appear at the end of the line in the Holtze edition have been reformed</p>
<p>Italics are recorded without interpretation</p>
<refState unit="colloquium"/>
<refState unit="topic"/>
<taxonomy xml:id="lcsh">
<bibl>Library of Congress Subject Headings</bibl>
<taxonomy xml:id="lc">
<bibl>Library of Congress Classification</bibl>
<language ident="la">Latin</language>
<language ident="grc">Ancient Greek</language>
<keywords scheme="#lcsh">
<item>Dialogues, Latin (Medieval and modern)</item>
<item>Folly -- Early works to 1800</item>
<classCode scheme="#lc">P​A8501</classCode>
<change when="2004​-03​-01" who="#GE">[ed] added text of "De utilitate colloquiorum ad lectorem"</change>
<change when="2003​-10​-14" who="#JN">[ed] expanded T​EI header to include more information, e​.g. LC subject headings and LC classification</change>
<change when="2002​-09​-01" who="#JN">[markup]: began tei​-compliant markup</change>
Example 1. Adapted from a TEI P4 XML encoding of the header for Desiderius Eramus’ Colloquia Familiaria (Erasmus, 1872).