Welcome to the website of the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. EEBO-TCP began in 1999 as an innovative collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Michigan, funded by Jisc in the UK and by over 150 academic partner institutions worldwide. Its aim is to capture the earliest extant edition of every English-language work published during the first two centuries of printing in England, and converting this material into fully-searchable texts. 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 science.

Over 25,000 Early English texts freely available worldwide!

Having previously been available only to academic institutions which subscribe to ProQuest’s Early English Books Online resource, over 25,000 texts from the first phase of EEBO-TCP have been made freely available as open data in the public domain from January 2015. There are various means of accessing this data, including:

  • Full-text searching of the EEBO-TCP database hosted by the University of Michigan Library
  • Retrieving Phase I texts available as HTML, ePUB, and TEI P5 XML via the Oxford Text Archive
  • Retrieving Phase I texts via GitHub
  • Emailing eebotcp@bodleian.ox.ac.uk to request a full dataset of the Phase I corpus (please enter ‘Request for Phase I data’ in the subject field)
  • Downloading the full corpus of EEBO-TCP Phase I files by “joining” the folder on box.com

Meanwhile, it is anticipated that access to EEBO-TCP Phase I texts via Oxford’s institutional research data repository (ORA-Data) will be enabled early in 2015, with potential for delivery through the Bodleian Libraries online catalogue (SOLO) thereafter.

Hackfest and competition

To celebrate the release of over 25,000 texts from EEBO-TCP into the public domain from 1 January 2015, the Bodleian Libraries will be hosting an EEBO-TCP Hackfest on 9 March at which a prize will be awarded for the most imaginative and exciting use of the material.  Meanwhile, a separate Ideas Hack competition opened on 16 February for those unable to attend.

Please visit the EEBO-TCP Hackfest and Ideas Hack page for more details.