LINGUIST List 9.1404

Fri Oct 9 1998

Calls: TEI, Foundation for Endangered Lang

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  1. C M Sperberg-McQueen, TEI report, call for proposals
  2. Nicholas Ostler, CFP: Foundation for Endangered Langages

Message 1: TEI report, call for proposals

Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 15:46:01 -0500
From: C M Sperberg-McQueen <>
Subject: TEI report, call for proposals

 The Future of the TEI
 Report and Final Invitation for Proposals

1 Background information

As reported on this list in early September, the Text Encoding
Initiative is considering options for its future organization and
funding, and is actively exploring the possibility of a consortium or
cooperative organization to support the maintenance and extension of
the TEI Guidelines. On 3-4 October, the TEI executive committee met
with representatives of the TEI's sponsoring organizations (ACH, ACL,
and ALLC) and of some prospective host institutions. The purpose of
this note is
 - to report to the community on the steps being taken toward the
goal of a new organization for the TEI,
 - to outline for all concerned the current schedule of events leading
toward a final decision, and
 - to reiterate the invitation for institutions interested in hosting
a TEI organization to contact the TEI as soon as possible, in order to
ensure that any proposals can receive full consideration.

2 Issues List

In the course of the meeting, we elaborated a list of issues which must
be resolved in the course of any decision on the TEI's future
organization and structure; any proposal for organizing and hosting a
TEI structure is expected to address these questions.

 - Intellectual property rights: the TEI's sponsoring organizations
are taking steps to clarify the current status of rights in the TEI;
any new structure needs to make clear how those rights are to be
managed in the future. There is a strong conviction that in any new
organizational structure the results of the TEI's work must remain
publicly accessible, as they are now.

 - The governance and legal status of the proposed organization must be
described. It is essential that the legal structure be one that
allows full participation by institutions and individuals from all
countries; in particular, institutions in the European and North
American countries where TEI activity and use are currently most common
should be on an equal footing.

 - Proposals need to specify a plausible business plan and indicate the
level of fees and other funding needed to make the proposed organization
self-sustaining. The executive committee and sponsoring organizations
have no particular requirements on this topic (beyond the hope that
membership fees not be prohibitively expensive); prospective hosts must
take into account the cultural differences between Europe and America as
regards fees for membership in consortia and cooperative organizations.

 - Geography: there is a strong wish that the international flavor of
the TEI be maintained with regard to the membership, governance,
and provision of service by a TEI organization.

 - The TEI has developed a structure and a set of procedures for
organizing and carrying out the intellectual work of maintaining the
Guidelines; proposals for the TEI's future need to specify in how
far these procedures will be retained, and how they will be changed.

 - Proposals for a TEI organization should contain provisions
describing what is to happen if the organization is unsuccessful; such a
fall-back plan should provide among other things for the reversion of
the TEI to the original sponsoring organizations.

 - The future role of the current sponsoring organizations in the
future guidance of the TEI must be spelled out. There is, in principle,
a broad range of possibilities here; in practice, the current sponsoring
organizations wish to have some active role in the governance of the
TEI, at least for some initial period -- both in order to ensure
continuity in the project and to demonstrate their continuing support
for the TEI and its goals.

 - The scope of the proposed organization or cooperative must also be
clear -- where 'scope' may be described in terms of discipline, or of
type of activity, or of the common bases or foci of activities. The
sponsoring organizations recognize that standards of many kinds may be
relevant to the activities of their members, and they expect to
continue collaborating with each other on standards of mutual concern.
Whatever institutional and organizational framework is set up for the
TEI must be in a position to collaborate flexibly with future
initiatives of the sponsoring organizations (as well as continuing the
TEI's involvement in work on related standards like XML).

3 Timetable

The timetable for the decision about the future organization of the TEI
is as follows:

31 October 1998: Initial proposals should be received from prospective

November 1998: A Review Committee consisting of the TEI executive
committee and additional representatives from the sponsoring
organizations will review and discuss the proposals and ask proposers
for explanations and clarification of matters of detail in the

30 November 1998: cut-off for the discussion process, and deadline for
submission of revised proposals, with full institutional commitments.

Early to mid-December 1998: a short list of proposals will be
selected, and proposers will be notified and invited to give final
presentations at a meeting in January 1999.

Mid-January 1999: Meeting of Review Committee to receive final
presentations, following which the sponsoring organizations will
decide the future arrangements for the TEI.

31 January 1999: Public announcement of the decision made by the
sponsoring organizations will be made by the end of January.

4 Invitation

Institutions interested in proposing to organize and host a TEI
organization (or to make any other proposal for the future of the TEI)
should contact the TEI secretariat as soon as possible at the address
below for further information, since initial proposals are expected at
the end of October, and final proposals, including full institutional
commitments, are due 30 November.

Members of the sponsoring organizations, or other users of the TEI, who
would like to express their views on any of the issues outlined above,
or to suggest other issues that should be considered, are invited to
comment on TEI-L, or to contact the appropriate bodies within their
association, or to write directly to the TEI executive committee in care
of the address below.

-C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, University of Illinois at Chicago
 Lou Burnard, Oxford University

TEI secretariat: C. M. Sperberg-McQueen,
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Message 2: CFP: Foundation for Endangered Langages

Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 13:20:18 +0100
From: Nicholas Ostler <>
Subject: CFP: Foundation for Endangered Langages

The Foundation for Endangered Languages is now accepting proposals for
projects of work that will support, enable or assist the
documentation, protection or promotion of one or more endangered

Please pass on this announcement to your friends and colleagues in
endangered language communities who may not have access to the Internet or

Form for Submissions

There is a form which defines the content of appropriate proposals, and
this may be obtained from the Foundation's Liaison Officer, Christopher
Moseley, <>
2 Wanbourne Lane, Nettlebed. Oxfordshire RG9 5AH England
fax +44-1491-641922

All proposals must be submitted in this form, to ensure comparability
(although see note 4 below).


The time-limit for proposals to be considered in the current round will be
the 8th of November 1998. By that date, proposals and supporting
testimonials must reach Christopher Moseley, at the address specified in
the form.

The FEL Committee will announce its decision before the 31st of December 1998.

Four points to note especially:

1.	The Foundation's funds are extremely limited and it is not
anticipated that any award will be greater than US$1,000. Smaller
proposals stand a better chance of funding.

2.	Where possible, work undertaken within endangered language
communities themselves will be preferred.

3.	The Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) is a separate from
the Endangered Language Fund (ELF) <>, which is also
announcing its request for proposals about now, but on a somewhat different
timescale. It is perfectly possible (and has indeed occurred in the past)
that the same project can be partially funded by both FEL and ELF.

4.	Those who have already submitted proposals to FEL speculatively
should contact Chris Moseley to confirm what information, if any, still
needs to be submitted. The form should be used to submit this additional

Nicholas Ostler

 Foundation for Endangered Languages
		UK Registered Charity 1070616

 Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane
 Bath BA1 7AA England
 +44-1225-85-2865 fax +44-1225-85-9258
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