TAPAS is now entering its second week of this final beta-testing phase. Participants are providing valuable feedback about the usability of the service to help us prepare for launch later this year. It’s not too late to take part in this test; if you are interested in participating please register here: http://bit.ly/ufjOFO.
On November 18th, 2009, representatives from Wheaton, Mt Holyoke, Dickinson, UVA, and Brown met at Wheaton College for the first face-to-face TEI project meeting. After everyone was welcomed and given a brief history and overview of the grant and project, the group began to discuss its mission and scope, and this began with an acknowledgement that digital scholars need more than just mark-up standards.
The TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS) is getting close to its public launch in spring 2014. In preparation we are seeking participants to help us with another round of beta testing. We are particularly interested in small to moderate-sized collections of TEI data. Since our last beta testing period in April 2013, we have refined and expanded our search and exploration interfaces, streamlined the data management workflows, and improved the reading interface. We’ve also done extensive performance testing and enhancement.
The TAPAS development group met at Brown University for a two day face-to-face meeting to review progress on the site, create a list of final development tasks, and plan for the lead-up to launch. The following institutions were represented at the meeting: Brown University, Hamilton College, Northeastern University, the University of Virginia, Providence College, and Wheaton College.
Those who would like to find out more about the development of the TAPAS service will be interested in a recently published article in the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative: “TAPAS: Building a TEI Publishing and Repository Service” (http://jtei.revues.org/788). The article provides a detailed account of the projects goals and strategic planning, as well as the development work that is under way. It also considers how TAPAS might best respond to the needs of the TEI community.
The TAPAS development group met recently for a face-to-face meeting at the University of Virginia, hosted by Raf Alvarado and SHANTI. The emphasis of the meeting was to look at feedback from our beta testers, and the meeting was timed to follow the beta-testing period just concluded. Before the meeting we produced summaries of the beta-testing feedback to provide analysis of particular topics and areas of the service: 1) exploring TAPAS as a reader, 2) setting up a user account, 3) establishing a project, and 4) adding collections of TEI materials.
We are pleased to announce that the beta testing phase of TAPAS is about to begin. Those who have already signed up for TAPAS beta testing will soon receive an email inviting them to participate. The testing period will run for two weeks at the end of April. The testing process will take place over the course of about two weeks, and we will be seeking input on the mechanics and ergonomics of using the various parts of the site, the look and feel of the interface, and the overall design of the service.
This video by Patrick Rashleigh was recently presented as part of the NITLE Symposium in April 2012. If you want to know more about what we're all about, this is a great place to start!
The core TAPAS team met again, this time at a meeting hosted by SHANTI at the University of Virginia’s, on April 25 - 27. While there, members of the team had fruitful interactions with staff from the Scholar’s Lab and from NINES, but the bulk of the time was spent on conducting virtual focus group meetings to get reactions from the greater TAPAS community to a draft of user interface wireframes. The draft, which was organized into three scenarios describing the reading and management interfaces for TAPAS, was circulated to focus group participants in advance of the meeting.
We are thrilled to announce that, in preparation for the much awaited public launch of TAPAS (Fall 2014), we have invited TEI project teams to begin using our TEI repository, transformation, and publication services. We would like to welcome this group to the TAPAS community and thank them for contributing to the project! We are very excited by the projects this community of early adopters is developing in TAPAS, projects coming from both North America and Europe.