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Workshop EpiDoc – Encoding ancient texts

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Four-day training workshop
2-5 May 2017, 9:00 – 17:00
Academy of Athens, Panepistimiou 28, Athens, Greece


A four-day DARIAH training workshop on “EpiDoc” will be held in Athens (Greece), from Tuesday, 2 May to Friday, 5 May 2017, at the Academy of Athens. The workshop is organized by the Academy of Athens within the framework of the DARIA-EU project “Humanities at Scale”. The topic of the training workshop “EpiDoc” will be digital editing of epigraphic and papyrological texts and will focus on the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. EpiDoc is a community of practice and guidance for using TEI XML for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. It has been used to publish digital projects including Inscriptions of Aphrodisias and Tripolitania, Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri, Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri, and EAGLE Europeana Project. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object descriptions, identifying and linking to external person and place authorities, and project workflow and management.

The workshop will be conducted in English and the participation is free.


2 – 5 May 2017, 9:00 – 17:00


Academy of Athens main building, Eastern Hall
28, Eleftheriou Venizelou ave. (Panepistimiou), 10679 Athens, Greece

Buses and trolleys: All lines passing via Panepistimiou or Akadimias ave.  (stop: AKADIMIA)
Metro: Line 2 (red), station: PANEPISTIMIO

For whom:

The workshop will assume knowledge of epigraphy or papyrology; Greek, Latin or another ancient language; and the Leiden Conventions. No technical skills are required, and scholars of all levels, from students to professors, are welcome.

The participants should bring their own laptops.
It is also strongly recommended for the participants to have prepared in advance a mini corpus of texts concerning their field of scientific interest.


Elli Mylonas Senior Digital Humanities Librarian, Brown University Library

Simona Stoyanova Research Fellow in Library and Information Science, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London


Please fill the application form until 10 April 2017 at the following address: FORM. Due to the limited seats there will be a selection among applicants. Applicants will be notified by email.


Tuesday, May 2

9:00 | Welcome, introduction
Introduce XML, TEI, EpiDoc and Oxygen. Look at examples of existing digital corpora. Discuss editorial aspects of encoding.

12:30 | Lunch

14:00 | Starting to Encode
Oxygen setup; tagging text transcription and Leiden features. Hands-on work.

16:30 | Private practice session and questions

17:00 | End

Wednesday, May 3

9:00 | Continuation of text encoding
Further Leiden practice; text directionality; XSLT transformation for proofreading and display. Hands-on work.

12:30 | Lunch

14:00 | Tagging metadata
Adding the description and history of the objects. Overall structure of an EpiDoc text. Hands-on work.

16:30 | Private practice session
Identify topics participants are specifically interested in.

17:00 | End

Thursday, May 4

9:00 | Advanced Textual Features
Apparatus Criticus; Verse. Other features including translations, notes, bibliography. Hands-on work.

12:30 | Lunch

14:00 | Working with EpiDoc
Longer term projects, roles and supporting skills. Alternate ways to enter and validate XML. Discussion

16:30 | Private practice session and questions

17:00 | End

Friday, May 5

9:00 | Vocabularies and analysis
Lemmatization, words and names; controlled vocabularies and linked data.
Address questions and unfinished topics.
Discussion, debrief, questions about participants’ own projects

12:30 | Lunch

14:00 | Conclusion
Overview and evaluation of ongoing projects in the EpiDoc community
Detailed overview of EpiDoc resources and community for continuing support.
Further discussion of individual projects.

16:00 | End


For additional information, please contact:


The first three items provide a good overview to Digital Epigraphy and Epidoc. We recommend that you read those first.

H. Cayless, C.M. Roueché, et al. (2009), “Epigraphy in 2017.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.1. Available

Bodard, G and Stoyanova, S. (2016), “Epigraphers and Encoders: Strategies for Teaching and Learning Digital Epigraphy.” In: Bodard, G & Romanello, M (eds.) Digital Classics Outside the Echo-Chamber: Teaching, Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement, Pp. 51–68. London: Ubiquity Press. Available

Julia Flanders and Charlotte Roueché (2003), ‘Introduction for Epigraphers’. online

Alison Babeu (2011), ‘Epigraphy’, “Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day”: Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classicists Draft Version 1.3—11/18/10, pp. 73–89. CLIR: Washington. Available

Laura Löser (2014), “Meeting the Needs of Today’s Audiences of Epigraphy with Digital Editions.” In Orlandi, Santucci et al., Information Technologies for Epigraphy and Cultural Heritage. Proceedings of the First EAGLE International Conference. Rome. Available

Joshua D. Sosin, ‘Digital Papyrology’, Congress of the International Association of Papyrologists, 19 August 2010, Geneva. Available