I've been away (in the UK) and a bit out of touch with
what we're doing with regard to ECCO-TCP text distribution,
but I can say that no restrictions are intended; and if
there are obstacles at present to receipt of texts (in
full TEI-ish glory) we, or I, will endeavour to remove them.
Becky Welzenbach can give a more up-to-date, and
doubtless more accurate and detailed, answer.
(in York, about to hit the road for Wales)
On Wed, 27 Apr 2011, Jens Østergaard Petersen wrote:
> On Apr 25, 2011, at 6:54 PM, Lou Burnard wrote:
>> This does sound very exciting, but when I went to the links you specified I was a bit disappointed. The Gale site doesn't seem to offer any way of accessing any texts at all, unless you sign up for a "free trial", presumably via their search interface.
> The free trial appears only to be available to persons with addresses in the US and Canada. The omission of the UK here is rather strange. I hesitate to ask, but does this geographical restriction also apply to the part about "we'll send the texts to anyone who asks"?
> The interface at <http://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebogroup/> requires a umich login, but you can set up a Friend Account for Guest Access. However, logging in to gain "full access" - for me at least - only lets me access the bibliographical description and TOC. And such an account does not appear to give access to <https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/ecco>. The Oxford interface at <http://ecco.odl.ox.ac.uk/e/ecco/> is a little more direct: it simply flashes a "Forbidden" to the curious user.
>> The TCP site is a lot more informative, but unless I've missed something doesn't allow me to download the texts in their full TEI Glory at all.
>> What exactly does "freely available to the public" mean, here and now? On the EEBO forms I read "TCP does not generally allow individuals unaffiliated with an institution to download texts for personal use." So "public" means "affiliated with an institution", and "available" means "readable but not downloadable"?
>> On 25/04/11 16:23, Rebecca Welzenbach wrote:
>>> Greetings, all--
>>> More news from the TCP?with apologies for cross posting.
>>> Rebecca Welzenbach
>>> MPublishing / Text Creation Partnership
>>> University of Michigan Library
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>>> Contact: Ari Friedlander ([log in to unmask])
>>> Kristina Massari ([log in to unmask])
>>> *Text Creation Partnership makes 18th century texts freely available to
>>> the public
>>> (Ann Arbor, MI?April 25, 2011) ? The University of Michigan Library
>>> announced the opening to the public of 2,231 searchable keyed-text
>>> editions of books from /Eighteenth Century Collections Online/ (ECCO).
>>> ECCO is an important research database that includes every significant
>>> English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United
>>> Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works
>>> from the Americas. ECCO contains more than 32 million pages of text and
>>> over 205,000 individual volumes, all fully searchable. ECCO is published
>>> by Gale, part of Cengage Learning.
>>> The Text Creation Partnership (TCP) produced the 2,231 keyed texts in
>>> collaboration with Gale, which provided page images for keying and is
>>> permitting the release of the keyed texts in support of the Library?s
>>> commitment to the creation of open access cultural heritage archives.
>>> Gale has been a generous partner, according to Maria Bonn, Associate
>>> University Librarian for Publishing. ?Gale?s support for the TCP?s ECCO
>>> project will enhance the research experience for 18th century scholars
>>> and students around the world.?
>>> Laura Mandell, Professor of English and Digital Humanities at Miami
>>> University of Ohio, says, ?The 2,231 ECCO texts that have been typed by
>>> the Text Creation Partnership, from Pope's /Essay on Man/ to a
>>> ?Discourse addressed to an Infidel Mathematician,? are gems.? Mandell,
>>> a key collaborator on 18thConnect, an online resource initiative in 18th
>>> century studies, says that the TCP is ?a groundbreaking partnership that
>>> is creating the highest quality 18th century scholarship in digital form.?
>>> This announcement marks another milestone in the work of the TCP, a
>>> partnership between the University of Michigan and Oxford University,
>>> which since 1999 has collaborated with scholars, commercial publishers,
>>> and university libraries to produce scholar-ready (that is,
>>> TEI-compliant, SGML/XML enhanced) text editions of works from digital
>>> image collections, including ECCO, Early English Books Online (EEBO)
>>> from ProQuest, and Evans Early American Imprint from Readex.
>>> The TCP has also just published 4,180 texts from the second phase of its
>>> EEBO project, having already converted 25,355 books in its first phase,
>>> leaving 39,000 yet to be keyed and encoded. According to Ari
>>> Friedlander, TCP Outreach Coordinator, the EEBO-TCP project is much
>>> larger than ECCO-TCP because pre-1700 works are more difficult to
>>> capture with optical character recognition (OCR) than ECCO?s
>>> 18th-century texts, and therefore depend entirely on the TCP?s manual
>>> conversion for the creation of fully searchable editions.
>>> Friedlander explains that, for a limited period, the EEBO-TCP digital
>>> editions are available only to subscribers?ten years from their initial
>>> release?as per TCP?s agreement with the publisher. Eventually all
>>> TCP-created titles will be freely available to scholars, researchers,
>>> and readers everywhere under the Creative Commons Public Domain Mark (PDM).
>>> Paul Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, says that
>>> large projects such as those undertaken by the TCP are only possible
>>> when the full range of library, scholarly, and publishing resources are
>>> brought together. ?The TCP illustrates the dynamic role played by
>>> today?s academic research library in encouraging library collaboration,
>>> forging public/private partnerships, and ensuring open access to our
>>> shared cultural and scholarly record.?
>>> More than 125 libraries participate in the TCP, as does the Joint
>>> Information Systems (JISC), which represents many British libraries and
>>> educational institutions.
>>> To learn more about the Text Creation Partnership, visit
>>> www.lib.umich.edu/tcp <http://www.lib.umich.edu/tcp>
>>> <_http://www.lib.umich.edu/tcp_> . To learn more about ECCO, visit
>>> <_http://gdc.gale.com/products/eighteenth-century-collections-online/_> .
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