…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 – representing approximately 20% of the estimated total published output for this period – will now be made freely available as open data in the public domain on 1 January 2015.

There will be various means of accessing the EEBO-TCP data in the new year, and details will appear on this page shortly.

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 in March at which a prize will be awarded for the most imaginative and exciting use of the material. Details of the EEBO-TCP Hackfest will be made available on this page early in 2015.