[open-humanities] 18th-century texts online accessible

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Tue Apr 26 13:52:25 UTC 2011

On 26 April 2011 14:46, John Levin <john at anterotesis.com> wrote:
> On 26/04/2011 13:47, Rufus Pollock wrote:
>> This is indeed great news. Direct link for source project is here:
>> <http://www.lib.umich.edu/tcp/ecco/description.html>
>> Anyone up for creating a<http://ckan.net/>  entry for this new resource:
>> <http://www.lib.umich.edu/tcp/ecco/description.html>
>> (Would be good as part of this to clarify the exact license terms and
>> whether these are fully open -- AFAICT you do at least need to request
>> the texts by email -- they are not yet posted online).
>> Rufus
> There seems to be some licensing 'information' here:
> http://www.lib.umich.edu/tcp/eebo/description.html
> Quote:
> Licensing and Access
> The EEBO-TCP project is notable for creating quality electronic editions of
> culturally significant content of enduring value. It is also notable for
> doing so under terms that foster scholarly use and widespread access.
> Partner institutions are co-owners of the textfile and are entitled to
> copies of that file for local loading and management. After an exclusive
> licensing period granted to Proquest comes to a close, partners can treat
> the file as if locally created and can distribute the texts freely. Our
> cooperative agreement with ProQuest is intended to protect their investment
> in the EEBO project while supporting the principle of public domain access
> to early texts. For partner institutions not yet prepared to support a local
> implementation of searchable EEBO-TCP texts, access is presently provided
> without charge by libraries at the Universities of Michigan and Oxford.
> Partners can search TCP editions at these sites and retrieve both relevant
> text portions and corresponding page images. ProQuest also provides an
> interface through which to search to the subset of keyed and encoded texts,
> along with page images of the entire collection.
> As far as I can tell, these texts have *NOT* been freely and openly
> released, whether judged by license or access. As far as I can tell, the
> texts are nowhere to be found on the internet without a specific university
> log-in. I've sent an email requesting them from 18th Century connect as per
> this page:

Interesting, and worth enteringr on any http://ckan.net/ entry. Also
sounds like it would be verry useful to make an IsItOpenData request
(though in this case it is content!):



> http://www.18thconnect.org/news/?p=49
> and if I get them, will let the list know.
> John
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