[open-humanities] Bodleian Early English hackfest

Iain Emsley iainemsley at gmail.com
Mon Feb 16 20:24:15 UTC 2015

Apologies for cross posting. As well as holding a hackfest, the Bodleian
have also announced an ideas hackfest. Details of both are in this email.

The Bodleian Libraries are hosting a one-day hackfest on 9 March to
celebrate the release of 25,000 texts from the Early English Books Online
project into the public domain. The event encourages students, researchers
from all disciplines, and members of the public with an interest in the
intersection between technology, history and literature to work together to
develop a project using the texts and the data they may generate.

The EEBO-TCP corpus covers the period from 1473 to 1700 and is now
estimated to comprise more than two million pages and nearly a billion
words. It represents a history of the printed word in England from the
birth of the printing press to the reign of William and Mary, and it
contains texts of incomparable significance for research across all
academic disciplines, including literature, history, philosophy,
linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and

Prizes will be given to the best of the day's projects.

Participants in the day's event are encouraged to consider entering their
ideas into the online Early English Books Ideas Hack, which seeks to
explore innovative and creative approaches to the data and identify
potential paths for future activity. Submissions for the Ideas Hack close
on 2 April. (

Date:                     9 March, 10am–5pm, with a reception to follow at
Venue:                 Weston Library
Participants:      We're looking for all kinds of people to participate;
those with an interest in data visualisation, geospatial analysis, corpus
linguistics, written and spoken word, web applications and programming,
data/text mining, art, film and more are welcome. You don't have to be an
expert to join, but you do need to be enthusiastic and prepared to help
develop a project.
Registration:     To sign up, visit
Questions?         Email communications at bodleian.ox.ac.uk
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