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

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Thu Apr 28 09:59:50 UTC 2011

On 27 April 2011 18:20, John Levin <john at anterotesis.com> wrote:
> On 26/04/2011 14:55, Rufus Pollock wrote:
>> On 26 April 2011 14:53, Philippe Aigrain
>> <philippe.aigrain at sopinspace.com>  wrote:
>>> I confirm: this is a close consortium collaborative effort with no
>>> public access at this time, and even extrapolating, one can fear that
>>> the future public access will be limited to the surface (an interactive
>>> presentation of the laid out text) and no open access for the sources
>>> (the TEI XML encoded text and the layout software).
>>> This has in my opinion to be checked before it can be endorsed by
>>> OKF/CKAN, no ?
>> Given the update on the license this wouldn't be a project that would
>> be directly endorsed by the OKF since the material isn't open. That
>> doesn't mean it couldn't be registered on http://ckan.net/ as that can
>> include material that while not yet open could be open etc. At the
>> same time I think it is nice to hear of a project making steps towards
>> open if they haven't got there yet!
> Latest news is this statement:
> http://textcreate.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/what-the-public-release-of-ecco-tcp-texts-means-for-you-now-and-in-the-future/
> (Plain) texts are available via email, and will be available under a CC PDM
> license.

Great news.

> So they could be registered on CKAN, I suppose.
> It really strikes me as odd that you have to email for the texts; surely
> they have the resources at least to put a zip file or suchlike online. Would
> OKF be willing to host them?

Yes -- this would be done via CKAN so creating a 'package' for them
now with some of the info we've gleaned would be first step.


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