Tapas Project

The overall development of the TAPAS service is guided by a few basic principles and requirements. The first is a community need for low-cost TEI publishing and archiving services, to support people who have TEI data but lack institutional infrastructure or access to expert XML programming skills. The second is a community need for a space where TEI data can be gathered and studied, to learn about the history and range of TEI encoding practices.

Based on these premises, TAPAS has laid out a road map to shape the evolution of the service. Our long-range plan includes the following steps.


  • Develop basic interface to support contribution of TEI data and the creation of projects and collections

  • Once TAPAS has a critical mass of projects and TEI data, develop more advanced features to support specific  forms of usage, including specialized viewing options and  support for teaching

In progress:

  • As the community of TAPAS users grows, develop features to support community-specific features, such as specialized schemas and stylesheets for the needs of particular user groups, support for community-specific workflows

  • As the mass of TEI data grows, develop features to support the study of TEI data in the aggregate, including support for the study of ODD customization files, corpus-wide viewing and analysis

In planning:

  • Over the longer term, take advantage of  developments in repository-based publication infrastructure

  • Over the longer term, broaden TAPAS’s support for TEI encoding and editing workflows, to include support for  authoring and editing of TEI/XML data

  • As TAPAS’s collection of TEI data and projects matures and as the TEI itself evolves, develop features to support data curation and migration

Upcoming Features

The following new features are scheduled for release between July and December 2017:

  • New Hydra-based interface, with streamlined work flows and greater reliability

  • Bulk upload and ingestion of TEI files, for more efficient project creation

  • New reading interface options, offering more fine-grained user control over the TEI display, and a zoomable distant-reading view for visualizing entire documents

  • Improved support for support records, including automatic association of personographies, gazetteers, bibliographies, etc. with your primary TEI records, and improved display of personographies (etc.) both as annotations and as independent files

Current Features

This is a brief summary of the current features and capabilities of TAPAS; please visit our documentation page for more detailed information and instructions on TAPAS features & services.

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