Tuesday, April 05, 2005


In a bit I'm off to TLA. Postings may be more occasional for the rest of the week. I'm taking my laptop but things get busy and posting may well get second place to conference activities.

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Monday, April 04, 2005

Text Encoding Initiative

News from the TEI folks:
We are delighted to announce a beta release of teiPublisher, an extensible, modular and configurable xml-based repository.

teiPublisher was developed to bridge the gap between having a collection of structured documents that are posted on the Web as static HTML or XML pages, and having a functional digital repository. This is being done by providing the tools to manage an XML-based repository which will make available, search, and browse documents encoded according to any XML DTD.

teiPublisher was designed to provide the administrative tools to help repository administrators with limited technical knowledge manage their digital collections. Building on Lucene, an indexing tool, and the native XML database eXist, the application provides a range of administrative functions crucial to maintaining a web-assessable digital repository.

For more information about teiPublisher, as well as download instructions, please visit our website.

As this is a beta release of the software, we are especially interested in your feedback (detailed instructions for feedback can be found on our download page). This is an open source project hosted by SourceForge.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

TLA Talk Part II

This is part 2 of the talk.

this is an audio post - click to play

Some reflections on preparing for my presentation. I'm not a natural presenter, I use the techniques I learned from Toastmasters. So I practice and memorize the talk. Now technology has entered into the preparation process. I recorded the talk into my computer and then played it back, while listening I edited any awkward phrases. Then I recorded it and burned it to a CD. Now I can listen in my car to help the learning process. I also loaded it on my MP3 player. Just for fun I also recorded it, using audioblogger, and posted to the weblog. Now I could get feedback on the presentation before it is given. The final talk will be recorded and made available as a CD from the conference. I just hope it makes it better.

TLA Talk Part I

Here is a audio recording of a practice reading of my talk at TLA later this week. Due to a limitation in the audioblogger tool, it has been split into 2 parts. All sites mentioned are availble at my Furl site.

this is an audio post - click to play

I would appreciate any comments. Thanks.