Conference: EEBO-TCP 2012

two shelves of books in old bindings“Revolutionizing Early Modern Studies”?

The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership in 2012

University of Oxford

17-18 September 2012


To mark a decade of the Text Creation Partnership (TCP)’s work at the Bodleian Libraries, producing searchable, full-text transcriptions of works in Early English Books Online (EEBO), in September 2012 we hosted a conference to reflect the various ways in which TCP texts are being used.

The conference asked several questions of delegates. Is EEBO-TCP revolutionizing research and teaching in early modern studies? What features would be desirable but are not yet available? What improvements could be made in the decade to come?

Keynote speakers:

Dr John Lavagnino, King’s College London
Dr Emma Smith, University of Oxford

Papers and posters included discussion of:

  • Research based on EEBO-TCP
  • Methodologies in teaching
  • Text editing
  • Emerging trends influenced by EEBO-TCP’s availability
  • Potential for future research

The TCP is a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the University of Michigan and ProQuest. It is funded internationally by a consortium of partner institutions, and in the UK through JISC Collections. TCP editions power full-text searching of ProQuest’s EEBO database, and contribute to many other projects’ work.

To date, the TCP has produced over 40,000 full-text XML editions of books printed between 1473 and 1700. Phase I produced over 25,000 texts, and Phase II, currently underway, will complete the corpus of about 70,000 unique titles in English.