Over the last few years an international group of scholars has been
developing a set of conventions for marking up ancient documents in XML
for publication and interchange. The EpiDoc Guidelines started from the
case of inscriptions, but the principles are also being applied to
papyri and coins, and the aim has always been to produce standards
consistent with those of the Text Encoding Initiative, used for all
literary and linguistic texts.

Following on from the interest we have seen in EpiDoc training events
(including recent sessions in Rome and San Diego) and the success of the
London EpiDoc summer school over several years now, we shall be holding
another week-long workshop here at King's College London, from the
11th-15th June this year.

• The EpiDoc Guidelines provide a schema and associated tools and
recommendations for the use of XML to publish epigraphic and
papyrological texts in interchangeable format. For a fuller description
of the project and links to tools and guidelines see http://epidoc.sf.net.
• The Summer School will offer an in-depth introduction to the use of
XML and related technologies for publication and interchange of
epigraphic and papyrological editions.
• The event will be hosted by the Centre for Computing in the
Humanities, King's College London, which will provide the venue and
tuition. The school is free of charge, but attendees will need to fund
their own travel, accommodation, and subsistence. (There may be cheap
accommodation available through KCL; please inquire.)
• The summer school is targeted at epigraphic and papyrological scholars
(including professors, post-docs, and advanced graduate students) with
an interest and willingness to learn some of the hands-on technical
aspects necessary to run a digital project (even if they would not be
marking-up texts by hand very much themselves). Knowledge of
Greek/Latin, the Leiden Conventions and the distinctions expressed by
them, and the kinds of data and metadata that need to be recorded by
philologists and ancient historians, will be an advantage. Please
enquire if you're unsure. No particular technical expertise is required.
• Attendees will require the use of a relatively recent laptop computer
(Win XP+ or Mac OSX 10.3+), with up-to-date Java installation, and
should acquire a copy of the oXygen XML editor (educational discount and
one-month free trial available); they should also have the means to
enter Unicode Greek from the keyboard. Full technical specifications and
advice are available on request. (CCH may be able to arrange the loan of
a prepared laptop for the week; please inquire asap.)

Places on the workshop will be limited so if you are interested in
attending the summer school, or have a colleague or student who might be
interested, please contact gabriel.bodard AT kcl.ac.uk as soon as possible
with a brief statement of qualifications and interest.