Tips and Tools

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Here you can browse or share links to resources that may be of interest to digital text researchers.

TEI XML Data Dictionary Generator

Aimed at the TEI editing community and intended to be run inside the XML Editor, the DDG generates profiles of every element and attribute appearing in a TEI file.



The DiRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.

Abbot text interoperability tool

Abbot is a tool designed to convert dissimilar collections of XML texts into a common interoperable form. Abbot's key feature is the ability to read an XML schema file and output procedures to convert source files into a valid form that is consistent with the target schema. Abbot's schema-harvesting procedures focus on TEI, but are extremely flexible and format agnostic. Abbot makes no particular judgment or demand concerning the type of interoperability sought. It can transform texts into a variety of TEI schema, and accommodates user customization.

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Journal: Lexicon Philosophicum

Lexicon Philosophicum: International Journal for the History of Texts and Ideas

Lexicon Philosophicum is an annual peer-reviewed, open access journal, with an interdisciplinary character. The journal, published by CNR-ILIESI (Roma), provides open access to original, unpublished high quality contributions: critical essays, research articles, short texts editions, and critical bibliographic reviews on the history of philosophy, the history of science, and the history of ideas, with a special attention to textual and lexical data. A specific section of the journal is devoted to Digital Humanities (such as digital scholarly editing, corpora creation, semantic web research).

TEI cheatsheets for editors

This project needs collaboration from a wide range of scholars, even those who are not familiar with the TEI but would like to help listing the various individual tasks and phenomena involved in scholarly works like critical editions:

Starting and Sustaining DH Centres

Building on recent posts and discussions coming from those interested in starting a DH Centre, CentreNet has started a new Initiative: Starting and Sustaining a DH Center ( This page has links to talks, articles, books and DH centre proposals and models. To supplement this page, we have also started a listserv. You can subscribe at or contact


T‑PEN is a web-based tool for working with images of manuscripts. Users attach transcription data (new or uploaded) to the actual lines of the original manuscript in a simple, flexible interface.

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DH Commons

DHCommons is a hub for people and organizations to find projects to work with, and for projects to find collaborators.

TEI by Example

TEI By Example offers a series of freely available online tutorials walking individuals through the different stages in marking up a document in TEI (Text Encoding Initiative).

TILE (Text-Image Linking Environment)

The Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) is a web-based tool for creating and editing image-based electronic editions and digital archives of humanities texts.

TILE features tools for importing and exporting transcript lines and images of text, an image markup tool, a semi-automated line recognizer that tags regions of text within an image, and plugin architecture to extend the functionality of the software.


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