Getting Started with the TAPAS Project

Below you will learn about the primary services and features we offer through the TAPAS project.

If you need more assistance or information than is offered here, please contact the TAPAS Team: or visit our community forums.


TAPAS User Accounts

TAPAS offers two types of membership accounts: free and paid. Both types of accounts require a user name, password, and *unique email address. (if you are registering for a paid account, be sure to use the same email that is associated with your TEI-C membership to automatically upgrade your account to include TAPAS project tools.)

TAPAS accountsSign up!


  • Unlimited longterm storage of your TEI data and associated support files (there may be limitations on image file type upload sizes and storage durations if exceed expected, regular usage)
  • Dashboard for managing your contributed TEI records
  • Access to community forums
  • Collaborator access to other TAPAS members' projects and collections
  • Support from the TAPAS team for managing your records and TAPAS account


Paid TAPAS accounts are provided to those who have current membership status with the TEI Consortium (TEI-C). To learn more or check the status of an existing membership, go here.

  • Project space for publishing and publicizing your TEI projects (no limit on how many projects you create in TAPAS)
  • Custom collections for curating your TEI records in your projects
  • Collaborator access to your existing projects and collections (ideal for classroom settings)
  • Free participation in TAPAS Code Alongs, for learning how to take advantage of TAPAS tools and features in your encoding
  • Competitive rate workshops run by the TAPAS team that offer your community an introduction and guided lab to TAPAS and the TEI
  • Extended support for you and your students using TAPAS in the classroom
  • Extended support for TEI workshop instructors and participants
  • Ability to try out new tools and features as we design and develop them

TEI-Consortium Memberships (TEI-C)

Join the TEI!

You can manage your own projects, invite contributors, and publish collections of your TEI data by upgrading your TAPAS | Startup account to a TAPAS | TEI-C account by purchasing a membership with the TEI Consortium.

Managing TEI-C Membership

Great benefits for members:

Full access to TAPAS
  • Create your own projects and collections
  • Add users to your projects and collections
  • Extra storage for images and related files
Value of TEI membership
  • Enable the TEI to publish new versions of the TEI Guidelines
  • Support the TEI's development of tools like Roma
  • Discounts on workshops and software tools


TEI memberships start at $50 a year for an individual membership and $250 per year for the “Supporter” level institutional membership. If your institution is already a member of the TEI, you should contact your institution’s TEI membership administrator to link your account to your institution’s TEI membership (see details on TEI Institution Memberships below).

Registering for TEI Membership with "Individual" Status

To help you and/or your institution consider the many benefits of registering for a TEI Membership to TAPAS, we've offered some more detailed information on TAPAS | TEI-C accounts

To register, please visit the TEI Consortium registration page (

A few important notes before registering,

  • Prior to registering as an Individual Member of the TEI, check with your associated institution to see if they have institutional level TEI memberships available to you.
  • Please make sure to use the same email address when you register for both your TAPAS account and your membership with the TEI. Your TEI membership account email will be associated with your TAPAS account email to automatically upgrade your TAPAS account.

Registering for TEI Membership as an Institution

  • If you belong to an institution that has an institutional membership to TAPAS:
  • If you are the TEI administrator, make sure you sign up with the email address that TEI has on record. If the email addresses match, you should automatically get full access to TAPAS.
  • If you are not the TEI administrator, contact your TEI administrator and ask to be added as a member to the TEI bundle. (Directions for how to do this are below.)
  • Once added to the TEI website, complete any membership tasks that come to you via email, this includes verifying your TAPAS account, verifying your TEI membership, and changing your password on the TEI-C website.
  • You may need to log out of TAPAS and log back in to see the membership changes. You will know that you have full access to TAPAS when “Create a Project” appears in the project menu.

Directions for TEI Administrators:

When your institution joined the TEI, you chose a level (Supporter, Contributor, Friend, Patron, Sustaining Patron). Each level comes with a “bundle” of members that you can name as affiliated with your institution. Each named member in the “bundle” gets full access to TAPAS.

If you are the TEI administrator, this is how you add someone from your institution as a member of your TEI bundle:

  • Go to and login
  • Click on “View Profile” under your name in the upper right hand corner of the screen:
  • On the profile screen, note that your membership level indicates how many members you can have in your institution’s bundle. As the TEI administrator, you use up one of the member slots in the bundle.
  • In the Bundle Summary section, click the Add Member.
  • Fill in the information on that screen. First Name, Last Name, and email address are the most important fields to fill out. Important: The email address here must match the email address in TAPAS.
  • Click Save and let the user know to go through the steps to confirm the account on the TEI website by clicking on the link in the first email and changing their password in the second.
  • If the user is logged into TAPAS, that person may need to log out and then log back in order to see the change in status.

Managing Multiple Users in TAPAS

In some cases you may need to manage multiple TAPAS user accounts: for instance, if you have a personal account and also need an institutional account to manage a collaborative project. In this case you will need to:

  • Make sure you use a separate email address for each account (your email address is your user identification)
  • If one of the accounts is associated with a paid membership, make sure the email address matches the address associated with that TEI membership

Creating Accounts for Students

To create accounts for students as part of a class:

  • Send us your class roster in advance so that we can flag and approve the new accounts quickly
  • Have each student sign up for a free TAPAS account (and remind them that it may take a day or so for new accounts to be approved)
  • If you simply want students to experiment with uploading and viewing TEI materials, you're done!
  • If you want to have students create collections or contribute to your existing TAPAS project, sign up each student as a member of your TAPAS project
  • Contact us if you have any problems or would like support for the class

To include student collaborators on a long-term project, you may want to create a paid account for them as part of your institution's TEI membership bundle; please see the instructions for "Registering for TEI membership as an Institution," above.

For any issues regarding signing up for you TEI membership, please contact the TEI at

For any issues regarding your TAPAS account, please contact us at

Managing Project Members and Collaborators

Project admins can invite other TAPAS users (paid and unpaid) to be contributing members of their projects (learn more about TAPAS projects below. Public projects also allow visitors to request membership access from the project's homepage.

Managing project members

Adding & Managing New Members
  • 1. Log into your TAPAS account
  • 2. Go to your project's homepage or a collection page (*note: members can be managed at both project and collection levels; one must be a member of a project first, then collection level settings can be edited)
  • 3. Select the "Group" tab at top of your project or collection
  • From here you can add members and manage their privileges

Viewing Existing Members

  • 1. Log into your TAPAS account
  • 2. Go to your project's homepage or a collection page
  • 3. Select the "Members" tab at top of your project or collection
  • This will offer you a listing of all currently associated contributors to your project or collection


The TAPAS Commons

The TAPAS Commons is a shared, public project for all TAPAS users. It functions as the community archive space for all users to upload and store their TAPAS TEI data outside of individual projects and collections. We invite all users to contribute TEI to the commons they find are of particular value to the TAPAS community for either long term preservation or collaborative study.

We also offer pre-built collections within the Commons for sample TEI and downloadable templates of common textual genres and TEI project file types that model entry-level encoding approaches.

Over time, we will allow users to view and run analytics on all files stored in the TAPAS repository as a free component of the commons.

Visit the CommonsSEARCH the Database

TEI Records

TAPAS Records are the content type associated with ingested TEI files in TAPAS. Records are always associated with a TAPAS user account. They can be independently uploaded items (free TAPAS Account) or added to the record creator's existing project collections (paid TAPAS Account).

All TAPAS records (aside from those stored in public TAPAS collections with the label "Test") will be preserved in the TAPAS repository long term, and will not be removed without the managing author's consent.

Records can be of primary TEI files as well as of support files (such as ographies). They also support custom thumbnails, descriptions, titles, and contributor metadata. TAPAS processes TEI header metadata at ingestion, displaying in reading interface under "Metadata" tab.

"Creating a TAPAS Record"Browse all TAPAS Records

The Reading Interface

The TAPAS Reading interface is a free component of the TAPAS project. The aim of the reader is to enable views that express both the markup practices of the contributing TEI encoder or project as well as common renderings of the TEI. TAPAS is in constant development of custom stylesheets that emphasize different aspects of TEI markup, particularly for classroom and workshop instruction settings. The reader includes a TAPAS Generic, TEI Boilerplate, and XML raw views as well.

"Using the TAPAS Reader"

Using Images

TAPAS supports both page images and embedded images. TAPAS is not intended as a way to store high-quality archival images; images in TAPAS are intended as supporting materials for TEI documents. As a result we do not currently accept TIFF images.

The following TEI encoding conventions are supported in TAPAS:

  • On page break:

    <pb n="1" facs="page1.png"/>

  • On Figure:


    <head>. . . </head>

    <figDesc> . . . </figDesc>

    <graphic url="" scale="0.5"/>



TAPAS offers workshops that focus on managing your TEI data and projects in TAPAS. These workshops are open to members and non-members of TAPAS, and can be either a short introduction to TAPAS itself, or a longer workshop that also includes an introduction to the TEI. TAPAS workshops can be held either at Northeastern University or by request at other institutions. TAPAS also supports instructors and participants of TEI workshops by with a free community workshop project space for uploading sample TEI, together with encoding templates and sample TEI files, to help new and continued learners of the TEI test drive the TAPAS project site. Please contact us if you'd like to work with us as a partnering instructor. Read more...

Community Forums

The Using TAPAS and TEI Forum is intended as an open, collaborative discussion space for novice and expert encoders alike to introduce and discuss topics such as, basic to advanced encoding, models for TEI project management, opportunities for collaboration, events & announcements of the broader TEI community, and approaches to teaching the TEI in classroom and workshop settings.

Go to the Using TAPAS and TEI Forum!

TAPAS Bugs & Troubleshooting

Submit your bug reports, site related questions, and issues to receive individual support from the TAPAS team.

Go to the Bugs & Troubleshooting forum!


TAPAS Projects

TAPAS Projects are an extended feature of the paid TAPAS service (learn more above). Users can associate their TEI records as part of public facing custom project pages, which support custom project titles, descriptions, external linking, logos, curated collections, and invited collaborators . Published TAPAS projects are showcased on the TAPAS Projects browse page, under "Discover." Projects might be used to publicize existing TEI projects, to test and develop future TEI projects, to engage with students and collaborators in classroom and workshops, and much more.

"Creating a TAPAS Project"Browse all TAPAS Projects


TAPAS Collections are a component of the extended Project feature that comes with a paid TAPAS account. Collections allow users to curate their TEI files according to desired topics or themes. There is no limit to the number of collections a project can house, and TEI files can be associated across collections (but not across projects). This is particularly useful for uploading support files* for you TEI records (e.g., personographies, placeographies, orgographies) (*note: all support files must be ingested prior to TEI records to enable proper association). Collaborators can request or be given access to your pre-existing collections, through which they can add new TEI records to your existing collections or create new custom collections under your project. (see Members above)

"Creating a TAPAS Collection"Browse all TAPAS Collections

Teaching with TAPAS

TAPAS offers some services and site features aimed at supporting teachers and students of the TEI in the classroom, including support for setup and troubleshooting, and templates and sample files to make it easy to get started. Contact us for help or read more...