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Speakers: Gabriel Bodard (University of London), Martina Filosa (University of Köln), Usama Gad (Ain Shams University, Cairo)

This session introduces the EpiDoc encoding scheme and toolset for recording and publishing text and descriptions of ancient material texts, in particular on inscriptions and related objects such as papyri, seals, stamps and coins. We discuss the features of an ancient text-bearing object that are important to record in transparent and machine-readable form, including description, history, prior scholarship, translation, process and use of standards. Students will have an opportunity to encode some objects in XML themselves and think about features that are not clearly documented in EpiDoc guidance.

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