The goal of TAPAS is to provide TEI publishing and repository services at low cost to those who lack institutional resources: faculty, students, librarians, archivists, teachers, and anyone else with TEI data who wants to store, share, and publish it. TAPAS seeks to achieve these goals in a collaborative, open, and community-driven way using open-source tools.


The TAPAS project is a collaborative effort involving many institutions and people who support TAPAS in many different ways: hosting the service, contributing to the project's development, providing beta-testing and test data, and serving in advisory roles.


  • Linda Moss, Drupal Developer
  • Syd Bauman, TEI analyst
  • Ashley Clark, XML programmer
  • Benjamin Doyle, Project Manager
  • Julia Flanders, TAPAS co-director
  • Scott Hamlin, TAPAS co-director
  • Eli Zoller, Web Developer

TAPAS Advisory Board

The TAPAS steering committee includes representatives of hosting institutions, representatives of the TEI Consortium, coopted members representing areas of key expertise and strategic partnerships, and up to seven community representatives elected by the TEI membership. Elections will be held in conjunction with the TEI-C elections.

The current members of the steering committee are:

  • Elena González-Blanco, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia UNED
  • Magdalena Turska
  • Molly O’Hagan Hardy, American Antiquarian Society (AAS)
  • Karen Bourrier, University of Calgary
  • Mark Caprio, Providence College
  • Anna E. Kivas, Boston College University Libraries
  • Caitlin Pollock, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Judith Siefring, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
  • Julia Flanders, Northeastern University
  • Scott Hamlin, Wheaton College
  • James Cummings, Oxford University
  • Laurent Romary, INRIA
  • John Unsworth, University of Virginia
  • Patrick Yott, Northeastern University


The TAPAS project emerged out of a conversation during a TEI workshop on the need for a tool to allow users of the TEI to visualize and store their markup. Out of this conversation, a group, made up of both learners and teachers of the TEI, got together to discuss and design what became TAPAS. Their primary goal was to develop a secure and affordable means for those without institutional support or technical means to publish, archive, research, and share TEI projects. The early beta development of TAPAS was made possible through IMLS and NEH grants and the support of Brown University and the TEI-C. In 2013, TAPAS moved to Northeastern University. Following extensive beta testing by a community of volunteer TEIrs (view a full list of TAPAS supporters here), TAPAS made its public launch in 2014.

Following the release of TAPAS 2.0 in the fall of 2015, there will be added feature releases periodically that will extend users' publishing, archiving, and research abilities. TAPAS is now offering workshops, code-alongs, and clinics to both members and non-members. The TAPAS Classroom is coming soon!

Partners & Supporters

Accounts & Memberships

Free Start-Up Account

TAPAS is a free and open digital platform for archiving, researching, and sharing TEI project data. By registering for a free TAPAS | Start-Up Account, you can archive, display, and share your TEI data with the TEI community through the TAPAS Commons repository.

Paid TAPAS | TEI-C Account

TAPAS offers expanded publication and project building features to users registered with the TEI-Consortium (TEI-C). See the table to the right for a break-down on added features with a paid TAPAS account. Learn more about creating and managing your TAPAS account through the TEI-C below.

Free Tapas Membership Tapas and TEI Membership
Cost Free Paid
Contribute to Projects
Create Projects
Contribute to Collections
Create Collections
Be Invited to Collaborate on existing projects and collections
Invite others to Collaborate on existing projects and collections

Join the TEI!

You can manage your own projects, invite contributors, and publish collections of your TEI data by upgrading your TAPAS | Startup account to a TAPAS | TEI-C account by purchasing a membership with the TEI Consortium.

There are all kinds of fabulous benefits for members

Full access to TAPAS
  • Create your own projects and collections
  • Add users to your projects and collections
  • Have up to 1GB to store your TEI data
Support the TEI's work
  • Enable the TEI to publish new versions of the TEI Guidelines
  • Provide funding for the TEI's annual Conference and Members' Meeting
  • Provide funding for the TEI Special Interest Groups
  • Many other activities the TEI undertakes


TEI memberships start at $50 a year for an individual membership and $250 per year for the “Supporter” level institutional membership. If your institution is already a member of the TEI, you should contact your institution’s TEI membership administrator to link your account to your institution’s TEI membership (see details on TEI Institution Memberships below).

Registering for TEI Membership with "Individual" Status

To help you and/or your institution consider the many benefits of registering for a TEI Membership to TAPAS, we've offered some more detailed information on TAPAS | TEI-C accounts

To register, please visit the TEI Consortium registration page (http://members.tei-c.org/Join).

A few important notes before registering,

  • Prior to registering as an Individual Member of the TEI, check with your associated institution to see if they have institutional level TEI memberships available to you.
  • Please make sure to use the same email address when you register for both your TAPAS account and your membership with the TEI. Your TEI membership account email will be associated with your TAPAS account email to automatically upgrade your TAPAS account.

Registering for TEI Membership as an Institution

  • If you belong to an institution that has an institutional membership to TAPAS:
  • If you are the TEI administrator, make sure you sign up with the email address that TEI has on record. If the email addresses match, you should automatically get full access to TAPAS.
  • If you are not the TEI administrator, contact your TEI administrator and ask to be added as a member to the TEI bundle. (Directions for how to do this are below.)
  • Once added to the TEI website, complete any membership tasks that come to you via email, this includes verifying your TAPAS account, verifying your TEI membership, and changing your password on the TEI-C website.
  • You may need to log out of TAPAS and log back in to see the membership changes. You will know that you have full access to TAPAS when “Create a Project” appears in the project menu.

Directions for TEI Administrators:

When your institution joined the TEI, you chose a level (Supporter, Contributor, Friend, Patron, Sustaining Patron). Each level comes with a “bundle” of members that you can name as affiliated with your institution. Each named member in the “bundle” gets full access to TAPAS.

If you are the TEI administrator, this is how you add someone from your institution as a member of your TEI bundle:

  • Go to http://members.tei-c.org/ and login
  • Click on “View Profile” under your name in the upper right hand corner of the screen:
  • On the profile screen, note that your membership level indicates how many members you can have in your institution’s bundle. As the TEI administrator, you use up one of the member slots in the bundle.
  • In the Bundle Summary section, click the Add Member.
  • Fill in the information on that screen. First Name, Last Name, and email address are the most important fields to fill out. Important: The email address here must match the email address in TAPAS.
  • Click Save and let the user know to go through the steps to confirm the account on the TEI website by clicking on the link in the first email and changing their password in the second.
  • If the user is logged into TAPAS, that person may need to log out and then log back in order to see the change in status.

Managing your TEI Membership accounts and Multiple Users in TAPAS

Creating Multiple TAPAS User Accounts

Creating Accounts for Students

For any issues regarding signing up for you TEI membership, please contact the TEI at membership@tei-c.org.

For any issues regarding your TAPAS account, please contact us at info@tapasproject.org.

TAPAS | Development