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RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its Spring and Summer
Sessions 2004, a collection of five-day, non-credit courses on topics
concerning rare books, manuscripts, the history of books and printing,
and special collections to be held at the University of Virginia.
FOR AN APPLICATION FORM and electronic copies of the complete brochure
and the RBS Expanded Course Descriptions, providing additional details
about the courses offered and other information about RBS, visit our
Web site at:
Subscribers to the list may find the following Rare Book School
courses to be of particular interest:
continuation of "Introduction to Electronic Texts and Images" (L-
70; see previous page), this course will further develop practical
skills for the use of TEI, the manipulation of XML datasets, and the
delivery of data
through stylesheets. Topics include: TEI document design for multiple
genres and for crossdatabase searching; reading and modifying DTDs;
mechanics of SGML/XML conversion; basic PERL skills; grants and
project management strategies; XSL stylesheets for content formatting,
transformation, and delivery; XML conversion to ebook formats
(including Palm, MS Reader, OeB, and PDF); discussion of METS and Open
Initiative harvesting; and basic Unix skills, including a guide to
Unix text-manipulation utilities. Instructors: David Seaman, with
Matthew Gibson and
Christine Ruotolo.
DAVID SEAMAN became Director of the Digital Library Federation in
2002. He was the founding director of the internationally-known
Electronic Text
Center and on-line archive at the University of Virginia. He and his
colleagues taught this course for the first time in 2002.
MATTHEW GIBSON is Associate Director of the Electronic Text Center,
and CHRISTINE RUOTOLO is Lead Information Community Coordinator, at
University of Virginia Library. Libraries, Archives, and Electronic
course will introduce students to standards and software used for
publishing Extensible Markup Language (XML) encoded documents, with a
focus on EAD encoded finding aids. It is aimed at systems support
personnel in archives, libraries, and museums, or self-supporting
archivists, librarians, and museum staff who would like an
introduction to EAD
publishing technology and methods. The course will focus on writing
stylesheets using Extensible Stylesheet Language - Transformation
(XSLT), but
will also cover Web server technology, available software for indexing
and searching XML encoded information, and use of Extensible
Language (XSL) Formatting Objects to produce printed finding aids.
Topics include: in-depth introduction to the Extensible Stylesheet
Language (XSL);
authoring of stylesheets using the XSLT language, focusing on XML to
XML, and XML to HTML transformations; implementing Web servers to
real time XML to HTML transformations; use of multiple stylesheets and
frames; survey and functional evaluation of available indexing and
software; use of XSL Transformation and Formatting Objects to produce
PostScript, PDF, RTF, and other printable encodings; survey and
evaluation of XSL and XSLT software. The course will conclude with a
discussion of management and administrative issues presented by Web
publishing. Instructor: Daniel Pitti.
DANIEL PITTI became Project Director at the University of Virginia's
Institute for Advanced Technology in 1997, before which he was
Librarian for
Advanced Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley. He
was the Coordinator of the Encoded Archival Description initiative. He
taught this
course for the first time in 2002.
Rare Book School
114 Alderman Library
PO Box 400103
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4103
Phone: 434-924-8851
Fax: 434-924-8824
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