Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP)

The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) is a project creating transcriptions of the books published in English from 1475-1700. In 2012-2013, a team of researchers from Oxford's Bodleian Library and the Oxford Internet Institute collaborated to use a variety of methods (including those in the Toolkit) to measure and enhance both the impact and sustainability of the collection.

EEBO-TCP was established in 1999, as a collaborative project involving the University of Oxford, the University of Michigan, the commercial publisher ProQuest and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The aim of the Text Creation Partnership was to create fully searchable XML-encoded transcriptions of the image sets of early printed books which form the basis for ProQuest's Early English Books Online, http://eebo.chadwyck.com.

The Bodleian Libraries and the Oxford Internet Institute sought and received funding from JISC under their Digital Preservation and Curation programme for the SECT: Sustaining the EEBO-TCP Corpus in Transition project. The first stage of the SECT project was to carry out a benchmarking study of the impact and use of EEBO-TCP, using the OII’s Toolkit for the Impact of Digital Scholarly Resources (TIDSR), itself a JISC-funded initiative. The study concentrated primarily on the use and impact of EEBO-TCP in the UK. This report outlines the results of the TIDSR study, which will be used as a basis for the creation of practical recommendations for improvements to EEBO-TCP, focussing on how best to secure the long-term sustainability of the corpus.

The full report is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2236202

See also the Spenser Review article which mentions this project favourably: http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/spenseronline/review/volume-44/442/digital-projects/the-eebo-tcp-phase-i-public-release/

The presentation attached below, by project researcher Judith Siefring, summarizes the findings of the project, and some of the issues going forward.

Sustaining the EEBO-TCP Corpus in Transition: "Post-enhancement”, What now?1.86 MB