The goal of TAPAS is to provide TEI publishing and repository services at low cost to those who lack institutional resources: faculty, students, librarians, archivists, teachers, and anyone else with TEI data who wants to store, share, and publish it. TAPAS seeks to achieve these goals in a collaborative, open, and community-driven way using open-source tools.
The TAPAS project emerged out of a conversation during a TEI workshop on the need for a tool to allow users of the TEI to visualize and store their markup. Out of this conversation, a group, made up of both learners and teachers of the TEI, got together to discuss and design what became TAPAS. Their primary goal was to develop a secure and affordable means for those without institutional support or technical means to publish, archive, research, and share TEI projects. The early beta development of TAPAS was made possible through IMLS and NEH grants and the support of Brown University and the TEI-C. In 2013, TAPAS moved to Northeastern University. Following extensive beta testing by a community of volunteer TEIrs (view a full list of TAPAS supporters here), TAPAS made its public launch in 2014.