The Scriptorium

Resources for Creating Scholarly Electronic Texts

This page provides links to current technologies and related sites that may eventually lead to electronic texts that fulfill my "Electronic Text Wish List."

What is Scholarly Electronic Text?

UVM's Forays into Scholarly E-Texts

Some Full Search Text Collections



  • The Text Encoding Initiative is "an international project to develop guidelines for the preparation and interchange of electronic texts for scholarly research, and to satisfy a broad range of uses by the language industries more generally." If you are a humanities scholar or interested in scholarly texts, this is the one you should know about. 

Other DTDs

  • METS - "The METS schema is a standard for encoding descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata regarding objects within a digital library, expressed using the XML schema language of the World Wide Web Consortium ."
  • OAI - "The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication."  (try a search:
  • Dublin Core - " The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative is an open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models. "  
  • MODS - "The Library of Congress' Network Development and MARC Standards Office, with interested experts, has developed a schema for a bibliographic element set that may be used for a variety of purposes, and particularly for library applications. As an XML schema, the "Metadata Object Description Schema" (MODS) is intended to be able to carry selected data from existing MARC 21 records as well as to enable the creation of original resource description records. "
  • Other DTDs from Robin Cover's page:

Projects, Tutorials, Best Practises and Resources




Assorted Others


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Hope Greenberg , University of Vermont . Created: July 1994. Last updated: 09 May 2001.