Design Principles

To facilitate the research questions mentioned above, the TAN encoding formats and this manual have been designed around a few core principles.

Scholarly freedom: Scholars should be able to create data within their sphere of inquiry simply, expressively, independently, and with fidelity to their guiding lights.

Scholarly responsibility: Scholars must make their data uniquely citable, and responsibly describe how that data was created.

Utility to both computers and humans: Data should be easy for both humans and computers to read and write; the latter should be able to import, process, and create the data reliably, consistently, and interoperably.