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Maarten Janssen, 2014-

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This page describes some recommended fields for the teiHeader metadata, as used in various TEITOK projects. TEITOK files do not always follow TEI to the letter, as is explained here. The top gives the structure with its default interpretations, where items in red (and everything below them) are not (currently) standard TEI elements, while items in blue are standard TEI elements used differently. The bottom gives a list of defined fields with their explanation. In both, you can see the standard TEI definition for each field by moving your mouse over it. Clicking in the list will bring you to the corresponding page in the TEI P5 guidelines.


  • Collapsable tree of recommended teiHeader
    • fileDesc: Description of the digital file
      • titleStmt: Information about the title of this work and those responsible for its content
        • title: Title of the (digital) text
          • @fldid: title
        • author: Author of the original text
          • @fldid: author
        • respStmt
          • resp[@n="transcription"]: Person responsible for the transcription of this text
            • @fldid: transcription
          • resp[@n="revision"]: Person responsible for the revision of this text
            • @fldid: revision
          • resp[@n="normalization"]: Person responsible for the normalization of this text
            • @fldid: normalization
          • resp[@n="tagging"]: Person responsible for the POS tagging of this text
            • @fldid: tagging
        • funder: Funding body for the text or project
          • @fldid: funder
      • sourceDesc: Description of the source from which this digital text was derived
        • msDesc: Description of a manuscript this text is transcribed from
          • msIdentifier
            • idno: Unique ID for this manuscript
              • @fldid: msid
            • institution: Institution where the manuscript is held
              • @fldid: msinstitution
            • repository: Repository the manuscript belongs to
              • @fldid: msrepository
            • collection: Collection the manuscript belongs to
              • @fldid: mscollection
            • settlement: Place/Settlement where the manuscript is held
              • @fldid: mssettlement
          • msContents
            • summary: Summary of the content of a manuscript
              • @fldid: mssummary
          • physDesc
            • objectDesc
              • supportDesc
                • support: Description of the support of a manuscript
                  • @fldid: mssupport
                • foliation: Numbering system of the manuscript pages
                  • @fldid: msfoliation
              • @form: Physical form of a manuscript
            • handDesc: Description of the hands in a manuscript
              • @fldid: mshands
          • history
            • origin: Description of the history of a manuscript
              • @fldid: msorigin
        • recordingStmt: The description of an audio/video recording for this file
          • recording
            • media:
              • @url: Filename of the audio file (url or local file)
            • desc: Description of the recording
              • @fldid: recdesc
            • date: Date the recording was made
              • @fldid: recdate
        • biblStruct
          • monogr: Information about a monograph this text was transcribed from
            • author: Monograph author
              • @fldid: monauthor
            • title: Monograph title
              • @fldid: montitle
            • edition: Monograph edition
              • @fldid: monedition
            • imprint
              • publisher: Monograph publisher
                • @fldid: monpublisher
              • pubPlace: Monograph publication place
                • @fldid: monplace
              • date: Monograph publication date
                • @fldid: mondate
    • profileDesc: description of non-bibliographic aspects of the text
      • particDesc: Description of the participants in this text
        • listPerson
          • person
            • name: Name of the student/speaker/author
              • @fldid: personname
            • birth
              • placeName: Birth place of the student/speaker/author
                • @fldid: birthplace
                • @geo: Geolocation coordinates (lat lng) of the birth place of the student/speaker/author
              • date: Date of birth of the student/speaker/author
                • @fldid: birthdate
              • @fldid: birth
              • @when: Year of birth of the student/speaker/author
            • death
              • placeName: Death place of the student/speaker/author
                • @geo: Geolocation coordinates (lat lng) of the death place of the student/speaker/author
              • date: Date of death of the student/speaker/author
              • @when: Year of death of the student/speaker/author
            • langKnowledge: Languages the author/student/speaker knows
              • langKnown[@n="first"]: Native language of the student/speaker/author
                • @tag: ISO 639-2 code for the native language of the student/speaker/author
              • langKnown[@n="native"]: Other languages spoken by the student/speaker/author as native language
              • langKnown[@n="foreign"]: Other languages learnt by the student/speaker/author as non-native language
            • langLearning: Description of the language learning circumstances (Learner corpus)
              • duration:
                • @months: Duration (in months) the student has been learning this L2
              • previous: Previous course taken by the student for this L2
              • stay: Country where student spent in a country the this L2 is spoken
                • @duration: Duration (in months) the student spent in a country the this L2 is spoken
              • proficiency: Proficiency level the student is training for
              • @lang: ISO 639-2 code for the language the student is learning
            • sex:
              • @fldid: sex
              • @type: gender of the student/speaker/author (m/f)
            • age: Age (in years) of the student/speaker/author
              • @fldid: age
            • occupation: Occupation of the student/speaker/author
              • @fldid: personoccupation
            • residence: Place of residence of the student/speaker/author
              • @fldid: personresidence
            • nationality: Nationality of the student/speaker/author
              • @fldid: nationality
              • @key: ISO 3166 code for the nationality of the student/speaker/author
            • @id: Unique ID for the student/speaker/author of this text
      • langUsage: Language(s) used in this text
        • language: Language in which this text is written
          • @fldid: textlang
          • @ident: ISO 639-2 code for the language in which this text is written
          • @dir: Writing direction of the text
      • textDesc: Situational parameters for this text
        • channel:
          • @fldid: textchannel
          • @mode: Written or Spoken
        • domain: Domain of the text
          • @fldid: textdomain
      • taskDesc: Description of the task this text was created for
        • task
          • title: Description of the task (as given to the student)
            • @fldid: tasktitle
          • affiliation: Institution where the current L2 course is given
            • @fldid: taskaffiliation
          • genre: Genre of the task
            • @fldid: taskgenre
          • extent: Extent of the task (typically in words)
            • @fldid: taskextent
          • taskSetting: Settings of the task (time-limited, with reference material, etc.)
            • @fldid: tasksetting
          • type: Type of task
            • @fldid: tasktype
          • desc: Relevant background details about the task
            • @fldid: taskdesc
          • date: Date the task was handed in
            • @fldid: taskdate
            • @when: Year the task was handed in
          • @id: Unique ID for the task of this text
      • settingDesc: Description of the context of the text
        • setting
          • date: Date (year) this text was written (when there are multiple relevant dates)
            • @fldid: textdate
            • @when: Best guess year for this text
          • name[@n="place"]: Place this text was written
            • @fldid: textplace
            • @geo: Geolocation (lat lng) for the place where this manuscript was written
      • textClass: Type of text
        • @fldid: textclass
    • encodingDesc: Relationship between the electronic text and the source
      • projectDesc
        • title: Title of the project
          • @fldid: projecttitle
        • leader: Leader/coordinator of the project
          • @fldid: projectleader
        • desc: Description of the project
          • @fldid: projectdesc
        • @id: Unique ID for the project (to link to external descriptions)
      • editorialDecl: Editorial principles used in the transcription
        • @fldid: editorialdecl

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