I am working on a project to transcribe over 2000 audio recordings of an Indian spiritual
master. Marking up the documents using TEI looks like the most suitable approach.
However, there's a few things that I need some advice with.
We are primarily interested in tagging arbitrary blocks of text with keywords from a
(flat) controlled vocabulary of around 250 terms representing different topics (e.g.
death, love, war... etc). I have looked at the guidelines for the various methods
outlined for doing this - in particular the <interp> element in conjunction with the
<link> element, but these structures seem to be a little too complex to implement for us.
We do not have the resources to develop our own search and retrieval tool, so I thought
we would use Xaira. But Xaira doesn't have the functionality to retrieve text that has
been keyworded in this manner (or allow searching multiple space-delimited attribute values). Hence I thought that the most practical solution would be
to add some custom elements to the <ab> element which will allow us to directly connect
this metadata, so that it would also be easily retrievable using Xaira (also it would be
simpler for non-techie users).
I have read the full guidelines but I'm still a little unsure of the best way to go about
this, so I was hoping that somebody experienced could give me some pointers. These are
the types of things we want to identify in the text:
general subject matter (in depth treatment, and surface treatment)
questions (i.e somebody else asks a question, and then he answers it)
we want to associate zero or more keywords with any of the above, and also a mandatory
'title' for any of the latter three e.g. "What's the meaning of life?"
I want to maintain the list of keywords in a separate document, so that non-schema savvy
people can add new keywords to the list. I would also like to have the titles for each
text type as enumerated lists in the same way.
I would like to achieve this customization in the 'cleanest' possible way, so if anybody
had any ideas about the best way to implement this I would be very grateful.
Thanks in advance
Apologies for the absence of a reply to this query for so long. This SF forum was not being monitored (usually we expect queries like this on the main tei-l list)
Are you still interested in using TEI in this way? The short answer is to use <interp> which is really not quite as complex as it may appear… and we'd be happy to discuss that further.
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