The WizKit: A New Environment for Editing and Presenting MEI Metadata

Authors: Gubsch, Clemens / Gulewycz, Paul / Provaznik, Peter

Date: Friday, 8 September 2023, 11:15am to 12:45pm

Location: Main Campus, L 2.202 <campus:measure>


The input, presentation and searchability of music-related metadata is a major challenge for many musicological projects, especially for people still mostly unfamiliar with DH workflows. Editing with XML, particularly in the multi-layered area of the MEI header, with the highest possible uniformity for output on a website, can sometimes prove to be as complex as the encoding of the content itself. Adding searchability and allowing the combination of different search parameters complicates matters even further.

Although MerMEId is a tool for the three areas of the data cycle mentioned above, the application does not always accommodate project-specific requirements. At the same time MerMEId’s associated installation, service effort and overall learning curve for using the tool can seem disproportionate for entering rudimentary work, source and performance data.

This is where WizKit comes in: WizKit implements a project structure including a framework for the Oxygen XML Editor that can be used for data input in author mode (Oxygen Form Controls), data presentation in the web browser (generated static HTML) as well as for full-text search and faceting (pre-indexed search with Typesense). Work, person/institution and literature data are entered with predefined forms, which are configured using CSS and can be easily customised. The static HTML output is generated by means of XSLT and enables the editor to straightforwardly review the entered data. The WizKit environment provides the users with ready-made functionalities with numerous possibilities for customisation.

Experimentally, the relevant MEI encodings are created from the manuscript metadata in combination with image files; these encodings then serve as the basis for generating IIIF manifests, including tables of contents (derived from <content>. Usability of the manuscripts is improved via a local IIIF viewer.

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