Make tools drive the standardization process
Universität Würzburg, Lehrstuhl für Computerphilologie (Prof. Jannidis)
I am working on the Digital Genetic Edition of Goethe's Faust as a technical research assistant and pursue research in the field of computer-aided collation of textual sources.
My background is in Literary Studies and Computer Science and my main interest lies in the development of software supporting scholarship in the Humanities.
In my opinion standardization processes in the Humanities should be driven by the requirements of the specific software tools, which actually are used by scholars. Software has the advantage to be very demanding in terms of the precision with which one specifies markup semantics. Also complex usage scenarios are quite hard to grasp unless there is an actual implementation to test the suitability and consistency of markup concepts at hand.
To put it in a nutshell: Create a reference implementation of the TEI Guidelines by assembling a set of tools that show the usefulness and (some of the possible) computional semantics of every markup element defined by the standard.