Welcome to the website of the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. EEBO-TCP ran from 1999 to 2015 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 was to capture the earliest extant edition of every English-language work published during the first two centuries of printing in England, and to convert this material into fully-searchable texts. The EEBO-TCP corpus covers the period from 1473 to 1700 and is 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 were 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.

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 hosted an EEBO-TCP Hackfest on 9 March 2015 at which  prizes were awarded for the most imaginative and exciting use of the material (read the blog post here).  Meanwhile, a separate Ideas Hack competition ran from February to April 2015 for those unable to attend.

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