On Friday 20th April, we held a workshop on EEBO-TCP and sustainability at the Lincoln EPA Centre at the University of Oxford. A group of 20 editors, academics, digital technology specialists, and JISC representatives discussed how EEBO-TCP is used in research and teaching, and how we should approach the challenge of making the corpus sustainable for the future. The day was full of lively discussion and participants were very generous in sharing their expertise and advice. Events of the day were live-tweeted at @OxfordEEBOTCP, and a full report on the day will be made available here soon. Many thanks indeed to everyone who participated for making the workshop so worthwhile and productive.
SECT: Sustaining the EEBO-TCP Corpus in Transition is an 18-month project, running from 1st February 2012 until 31st July 2013, funded by JISC under their Digital Preservation and Curation strand. SECT is based at the Bodleian Libraries, together with its parent project, the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership, which began work in Oxford in 2002.
SECT will carry out an investigation into the sustainability of the EEBO-TCP corpus and aims to develop strategies to secure a sustainable future for the collection. The Bodleian is partnering with the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) to carry out a benchmarking study and subsequent analysis of EEBO-TCP, and will engage with stakeholders through interviews, workshops, and focus groups, in order to explore fully the various issues which will have a bearing on EEBO-TCP’s sustainability.