Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 26.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 06:20:16 +0100
From: Patrick Durusau <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Designing a Common Format for Many Visions...
Just a quick note on a new collaborative effort between the American
Bible Society and the Society of Biblical Literature to create a common
markup format for biblical and related materials. Working groups are
already forming and the entire effort is being headed by Steve DeRose
(TEI North American Editor, Chief Research Scientist, Brown University,
and editor of too many W3C standards to list). Please visit
www.bibletechnologies.net for further information.
Designing a Common Format for Many Visions...
The Society of Biblical Literature and the American Bible Society
jointly hosted the Bible Technologies Conference to explore the
formation of a group to address the need for common markup standards for
biblical and related materials. The goal of the conference and working
group is to develop markup standards that will empower users, publishers
and software vendors around the
world to use XML in their study and publication of and development of
software for biblical and related texts.
The participants in this process have many different agendas, missions
and interests, all of which would be served by a common markup standard.
What we share in common is an interest in biblical texts and related
materials, each from their own perspective. This effort does not seek to
promote any particular agenda, mission or interest, but leaves that to
the good offices of its participants, relying upon the results of our
common effort together.
The need for organization in any such effort is a fact of life in our
increasingly complex society. Due to the diversity of interests
represented at the conference and our varying experience with the
process of developing standards, the BTG will be using an adaptation of
the OASIS Technical Committee policy to guide its work until the next
meeting. This is a "trial-run" or "goodness of fit" period will help the
group decide on the strengths or weakness of that process and guide its
choice of a more permanent structure. It also allows us to decide on
work items to pursue during this interim period to test the process set
For the full text of the release see:
For additional information, please contact:
Patrick Durusau of SBL at: email@example.com (404) 727-2337
or John Walter of ABSinteractive at: firstname.lastname@example.org (703)
or go to: www.bibletechnologies.net
-- Patrick Durusau Director of Research and Development Society of Biblical Literature email@example.com
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