The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2282  Thursday, 4 December 2003

From:           Shawn Martin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 03 Dec 2003 09:04:07 -0500
Subject: 14.2277 LION
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2277 LION

Since the EEBO text project has been popping up in many of these
messages, I just thought I should chime in to clarify a few points on
the project.  I'm Shawn Martin, the Project Outreach Librarian for the
EEBO - Text Creation Partnership (TCP) at the University of Michigan.

Basically, the project is a separate academic initiative run through the
Universities of Michigan and Oxford and funded by over 100 other
university libraries throughout the world.  We're creating a subset
(about 25,000) accurately keyed and tagged texts included in the EEBO
database that will:

1.  Make the current EEBO database (at least in part) full text

2.  Ensure that the texts will enter the public domain several years
after production has concluded.

3.  Be owned by partner institution libraries some of whom are
considering incorporating EEBO-TCP texts into their own academic

Currently, there are over 100 libraries, and the JISC in the UK has
negotiated to include TCP for its members in the UK.  So, theoretically,
these terms would extend to all JISC members in the UK.  We're still
working on all of the contracts and legal work right now.

For more information about the project, you can look at
http://www.lib.umich.edu/eebo which includes a great deal of information
about what we're doing.  I don't think the project quite addresses all
of the many good points raised here, but at least is a step in the right
direction for some of them.


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