How to participate

As part of the TAPAS development process (see the roadmap for the big picture), we are inviting early adopters, projects and institutions who are interested in the service, to become involved and help guide TAPAS's design.

If you are a potential user of the service (see Who is TAPAS for?) and are willing to serve as beta testers, provide sample data, and help us conceptualize the design of the service — we'd love to have your input! There are several ways you can participate:

  • Contribute test TEI data for us to use in developing and testing the TAPAS schemas and stylesheets
  • Participate as a beta-tester once the basic interface is ready
  • Help us test and improve our documentation and user guidelines

Our long-term goal is to provide a fully functional repository and publishing service for TEI data. However, in this phase of the project we are building and testing the service in a very preliminary way. Data contributed by beta-testers will be used for testing purposes to help us develop schemas, stylesheets, and interface features, but we cannot make any guarantees about functionality, long-term storage, or anything else at this early stage. Test data and projects will be visible (and visibly thanked!) on the TAPAS site. There is no financial commitment to participate in this phase of the project, nor are you committing to being a member of TAPAS once the service is implemented.

If you are interesting in participating, or just finding out more about the TAPAS Project, please sign up here or contact us at info@tapasproject.org.

Some guidelines for participation

  • Participants do not need to be TEI experts, but they must at least be TEI-curious!
  • TAPAS is a TEI-oriented project; therefore, participants' projects must have a TEI component
  • Your content must be scholarly or educational in nature, but there is no restriction on the subject matter
  • Contributors who do not have permission to publish the materials they submit will not be allowed to make these materials publicly available, but they can still work with them in TAPAS so long as access to them is restricted (e.g., to students in a specific class)