Before You Start

Before You Start

Before using TILE there is some preparation that needs to be done. This primarily includes preparing the images and the metadata.  If you intend to run TILE from your own machine you will also need to do a Local Installation.


Image Requirements:

  1. Digital images must have been acquired (scans, photos, etc.).
  2. Images can be any resolution. However, for the best auto-recognition results they should have a reasonably high dpi (300+).
  3. Images can be in any standard web compatible format (jpg, png).
  4. Images must be placed in a web accessible location.
  5. Images must be referenced in the XML transcript. See Making TILE Ready XML Files.


Transcript Requirements:

  1. Create or assemble your transcript text.
  2. The transcript text needs to be encoded in an XML file. See Making TILE Ready XML Files.
  3. The XML file may be placed in a web accessible location. Alternatively it can be uploaded directly each session.

NOTE: Transcripts of an image’s text are only one potential use for TILE. If your project requires text (i.e. alphanumeric characters of any sort) other than a transcript, assemble and include that in the XML file instead.

Labels (Optional)

If you have a set of labels that you want to use, you can encode them in the XML source file. Otherwise, labels can always be created in TILE as needed.

Making TILE Ready XML Files

TILE has an import function that works with a few data formats including JSON and Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) formatted XML files (TEI P5). Support for other formats (METS, OWL, etc.) is planned, but not yet implemented. You can also export your data back into its original format.

Since all XML files are different, TILE makes use of an abstracted import system. If TILE’s standard import scripts do not match your needs, see the list of available Plugins for additional options. For information about creating your own import scripts for specialized XML see the Create a Plugin documentation. Alternatively, you can manually create the JSON that TILE requires.

For more information about TILE’s JSON structure, see the developer documentation.

For more information about TEI see

Once your XML and images are ready, you can proceed to using the TILE interface.

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