Irish Pamphlets Encoding

For this project, I am going to use TEI encoding on the text of the pamphlets, but I am also going to provide an image of each page of the pamphlet alongside the text. Using TEI on the text of the pamphlets will help to make the search function on the site much more robust, and will also hopefully allow users of the site to use the texts to make connections between the pamphlets. Because the pamphlets are all typed, I am going to use OCR to extract the text, and then proofread it before encoding it. I used a free OCR for the sample below, and it worked out pretty well. Additionally, I will be able to link people, places, and events mentioned in the text of the various pamphlets to the biography and timeline sections of the site. For the images of the pamphlets themselves, I will use Dublin core to offer the user brief information about the image.

TEI for Pamphlet Text

I would to encode the following items:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Date
  • Publisher
  • Place of Publication
  • Heads
  • Body
  • Paragraphs
  • Names mentioned within pamphlet text (link to biography page)
  • Organization names (link to biography page when appropriate)
  • Quotes
  • Damage (some of the pamphlets are not in great shape)
  • Dates mentioned in the text (link to timeline)
  • Events mentioned in the text (link to timeline)

Additionally, I am going to use TEI to standardize spellings or correct any dates or names that might be incorrect, to improve the search.

Dublin Core for Pamphlet Images

I would like to use all 15 Dublin Core categories.

Sample TEI Encoded Passage

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<title>FACTS ABOUT IRELAND FOR CONSIDERATION OF AMERICAN CITIZENS</title>

<head> THE PLEA OF OVERTAXATION </head>

<p>It is stated by <orgName><ref target="bio01">Sinn Fein</ref></orgName> agitators that <placeName>Ireland</placeName> is overtaxed by <placeName><reg sameAs ="England">Great Britain</reg></placename>. Let us see how the matter stands. According to the official returns for <date>1918-1919</date> the total revenue contributed by <placeName>England</placeName> was S3,455,310,000. From this there was paid out of the British Exchequer for local expenditure in <placeName>England</placeName> $719,237,300, leaving a balance available for <placeName>England</placeName>Imperial needs such as army and navy, consular and other services, of $2,736,072,500. <placeName>Scotland</placeName> during the same period contributed to the British Exchequer a total revenue of S486,605,0600. <placeName><reg sameAs ="Scotland">She</reg></placeName> received back for local uses S97,637,500, leaving a balance for Imperial purposes of $3S8,970.000. <placeName>Ireland</placeName> with practically the same population as <placeName>Scotland</placeName> contributed only $186,375,000, receiving back for local uses S110,807,500, and contributing toward Imperial expenditure a sum of only $75,567,500. It will be seen that while <placeName>Ireland</placeName>'s contribution to the British Exchequer is much less than that of <placeName>England</placeName> or <placeName>Scotland</placeName>, she
receives back a much larger proportion for her own internal uses. The enemies of <placeName><reg sameAs ="England">Great Britain</reg></placename> claim that Ireland</placeName>'s contribution for Imperial purposes represents a loss to her of $75,567,500. Surely, however, it will be conceded that as a part of the British isles <placeName><reg sameAs ="Ireland">she</reg></placeName> ought to contribute something toward the protection of <placeName><reg sameAs ="Ireland">her</reg></placeName> coasts, policing of the seas and trade routes, payment of the huge war debt, and upkeep of National affairs generally. But apart from the question of obligation, is this sum a loss to <placeName><reg sameAs ="Ireland">her</reg></placeName>? Last year she received back $60.000,000 in war pensions, separation allowances, and gratuities to ex-soldiers, sailors and their dependents living in <placeName>Ireland</placeName>. Further, <placeName><reg sameAs ="Ireland">she</reg></placeName> received $21.500,000 as a bread subsidy, whereby the cost of every loaf of bread consumed in <placeName>Ireland</placeName> was reduced in price by six cents. </p>

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