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]*)
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*Text Creation Partnership makes 18th century texts freely available to the
(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

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

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

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 <**> . To learn more about
ECCO, visit ** <**> .