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1 3L.AM - Langues, Littératures, Linguistique - EA n°4335

Abstract : The EuRED project consists on a RDBMS gathering readingexperiences made by Europeans from the 15th century until today. It is part of a larger researchprogram P-RECIHC, by the ANR French national research agency. The database has been inspired by the purelyBritish UK-RED database which was launched in 2006and contains approximately 40 000 records. Our goal, by achieving a proof of concept, is to give UK-RED a chronological and geographical extension, to take care both of new sources CMCs

. andnew needs expressed by researchers. This is why new fields necessary to describe readingexperiences have been added to UK-RED-s data model.It was very quickly decided to convert the existing data in TEI P5 and, therefore, to build a new datamodel. The choice of TEI P5 is relevant for two main reasons : first, around 90 % of the UK-REDfields can easily be replaced by existing TEI P5 elements ; second, TEI P5 is customisable. Thus anew class model.experienceDescPart containing 23 new elements mostly linked with thesaurii hasbeen designed to help describing reading experiences. In EuRED-s data model, these new elementsare placed in the and not in the . Besides the challenge of the conversion ofUK-RED-s data now under process, this decision was made because EuRED is not a databasegathering textual sources containing transcriptions of reading experiences, but, on the contrary, adatabase gathering transcriptions of reading experiences located in textual sources.This conceptual and technical choice should be discussed because it poses the very importantquestion of the possibility to use TEI P5 not only for encoding textual sources but also specificallyfor database management purposes, this way opening new directions.

Keywords : XML-TEI

Author: François Vignale -



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