Cologne Autumn School and Expert Workshop: „Encoding Inscriptions, Papyri, Coins & Seals“

From 9 to 13 October 2017 the University of Cologne is hosting an Epidoc Autumn school in combination with an expert workshop on digital sigillography. During the first three days the autumn school will introduce the participants to Epidoc, the encoding standard for epigraphic texts and materials. Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to presentations on advanced imaging technologies in the fields of epigraphy, papyrology and sigillography. On Thursday and Friday there will be an expert workshop focusing on digital formats and standards for the description and publication of seals and similar materials.

Time: 9-13 October 2017
Place: Universität zu Köln
Language: English
Deadline for registration: 24 September 2017
Registration contact:
School participants: max. 25


Monday, 9.10.2017

EpiDoc Autumn School, Day 1
(Thomas Institut, Seminar room, Universitätsstraße 22, ground floor; see on map)

14:00 Welcome, Introduction to XML, TEI and EpiDoc (Background; Markup; Semantic tagging; XML Rules)

15:30 break

16:00 EpiDoc Guidelines and Quick reference docs, Download package; Oxygen demonstration and hands-on exercises; History and description fields (Description; Places; Dates)

17:30 ends

Tuesday, 10.10.2017

EpiDoc Autumn School, Day 2
(Thomas Institut, Seminar room, Universitätsstraße 22; see on map)

09:00 Text transcription and Leiden (Lacunae; Abbreviations)

10:30 break

11:00 Further Leiden practice (Structure of Text; Certainty & precision; Apparatus Criticus)

12:30 lunch

14:00 Transforming EpiDoc to HTML; Customizing Example stylesheet transformations (Parameters)

15:30 break

16:00 Entities, indexing and vocabularies (Token tagging; London rules; Authority Lists; EAGLE-Europeana vocabularies; Pleiades; LGPN; – time permitting)

17:30 ends


Wednesday, 11.10.2017

EpiDoc Autumn School, Day 3
(Thomas Institut, Seminar room, Universitätsstraße 22; see on map)

09:00 More Leiden practice, marking up all elements of an edition

10:30 break

11:00 EpiDoc Community and resources (; markup; workshop blog; wiki page)

12:30 lunch

Afternoon presentations on advanced imaging technologies
(location: Wienand Haus – Morphomata, Weyertal 59; see on map)

15:00 Hubert Mara (Heidelberg): Visual Computing for Analysis of Sealings, Script and Fingerprints in 3D (slides)

15:30 Branko van Oppen (Amsterdam): SigNet – A Network of Hellenistic Sealings & Archives (slides)

16:00 break

16:30 Stephan Makowski (Cologne): Seal Digitisation with Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) (slides)

17:00 Tiziana Mancinelli (Cologne): RTI and Ancient Magic Curses

Brauhaus (Restauration Pütz; see on map)

Thursday, 12.10.2017

Seals expert workshop, part I: Encoding Seals
(location: Wienand Haus – Morphomata, Weyertal 59; see on map)

9:00-12:30 Introduction & Overview
– Seal digitization projects: state of affairs
– Adjacent projects and encoding standards (TEI, NUML, CEI)
– Vocabularies and terminology

Alessio Sopracasa (Paris): SigiDoc
Georg Vogeler (Graz): Seals as Objects – Seals as Part of Charters (slides)

14:00-17:30 Towards an encoding standard in digital sigillography:
– Metadata
– Physical description
– Iconography
– Transcription

Public lecture
(Neues Seminargebäude / Seminar room S13 / 1. floor; see on map)

18:00-19:30 Charlotte Roueché (London): Back to Socrates: Publication as Dialogue (slides)

Abstract: “The traditional model of scholarship has been an exchange of ideas built up over time, using print; but in the second half of the twentieth century this became steadily more difficult, as the volume of academic publications increased, and the cost of printing rose. Cologne was the home of new approaches, particularly in epigraphy and papyrology – the Inschriften griechischer Städte aus Kleinasien series has transformed our understanding of the epigraphy of Asia Minor; and ZPE has stimulated new levels of conversation. In the home city of such innovation, I would like to ask what the 21st century might look like.”

Friday, 13.10.2017

Seals expert workshop, part II: Presenting Seals
(location: Wienand Haus – Morphomata, Weyertal 59; see on map)

9:00-12:30 Topics to be discussed:
– Interfaces
– Presentation systems
– Portals

Conclusions, Plans & Perspectives

Teachers & Organizers:
– Gabriel Bodard (London)
– James Cowey (Heidelberg)
– Martina Filosa (Cologne)
– Franz Fischer (Cologne)
– Antonio Rojas Castro (Cologne)
– Patrick Sahle (Cologne)
– Claudia Sode (Cologne)
– Simona Stoyanova (London)

– Institut für Altertumskunde, Abteilung Byzantinistik und Neugriechische Philologie
– Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, Arbeitsstelle für Papyrologie, Epigraphik und Numismatik am Institut für Altertumskunde
– Historisches Institut, Abteilung Alte Geschichte
– Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH)