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1 Judith Siefring Digital Editor, Bodleian Libraries Monday 8 July 2013

2 EEBO-TCP creates XML-encoded, searchable editions of books printed in England or in English in the period The TCP is a partnership between the Universities of Oxford and Michigan and the commercial publisher ProQuest. The main interface is ProQuest’s EEBO:

3 Quantitative analytics, bibliometrics, Web 2.0 analysis, in-depth online user survey Qualitative three focus groups a conference individual interviews discussion Siefring, Judith and Meyer, Eric T., Sustaining the EEBO-TCP Corpus in Transition: Report on the TIDSR Benchmarking Study (2013). London: JISC, March Available at SSRN: or EEBO-TCP profile, user needs, potential for future development, identifying strands of work, applying for additional funding

4  Preservation of data set  Ongoing support for project personnel  Improve awareness of resource amongst the user community  Meet needs/desires of users  Make the data easily available in multiple formats  Provide easily accessible documentation and metadata  Offer user and teaching guides  Make citation easy  Develop relationships with other projects  Develop funding bids to improve or enhance the corpus

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6 Survey respondents who said they had used EEBO texts (either by themselves or in conjunction with images) at least occasionally were asked if, before completing the survey, they had heard of EEBO-TCP, and whether they were aware that EEBO-TCP creates the full texts available on the main EEBO site:

7 February: 438 tweets/1321followers July: 522 tweets/1748 followers Guest blog posts Outreach events, e.g. conferences Developing relationships and collaborations

8  Better quality transcriptions  Completeness/comprehensiveness of coverage  Links to other resources e.g. ESTC  Easily accessible texts in multiple formats  Free open access to images and text  Richer tagging

9 Textual Genomics, a proposal led by Sussex University, currently under consideration by the AHRC’s Digital Transformations funding strand Crowdsourcing corrections to the EEBO- TCP data

10  P5 compliance Sebastian Rahtz and James Cummings, “Kicking and Screaming: Challenges and advantages of bringing TCP texts into line with the Text Encoding Initiative”.  Metadata in TEI header format  Shelfmark data? We hope so!  Links to the ESTC records? Yes.

11  An EEBO-TCP hub offering easy-to- download texts in multiple formats: plain text, ePub, XML, etc.  Oxford Text Archive,  Extendable; multiple versions from multiple sources

12  Publicizing the issue.  Making citation easy.  Incentivizing citation.  Dating digital items.  Interdisciplinary knowledge exchange.  Respected institutions leading change.  Make URLs as short as possible and, if possible, human-decodable.  Include a clear link to a citation from the main page of a text, image, etc.  Encourage/guide users always to give a date of access whenever they cite a digital resource, and include such a date in automatically generated citations.  Provide easily accessible editorial documentation at the point of accessing texts and images (rather than solely on project – descriptive websites).  Digital content creators should consider how best to raise and develop the scholarly reputation of their resource, and promote that resource accordingly.  Where content (such as, from 2015, EEBO-TCP Phase One texts) is in the public domain and not tied to one point of access, citation information should be tied to individual texts (perhaps by including a citation in the TEI header, if possible). How do (or would) you cite materials from EEBO-TCP? General solutions

13 Editorial guidelines User guides Publicity materials Who to target? Where did you first hear about EEBO? I originally used the microfilms. :) probably as a trial of the uni library, maybe plugged by faculty members From a lecturer, when I was a student From a teacher Mentioned in an undergraduate lecture. Tutor In my time as a graduate student, by a professor's recommendation. When researching my ancestor's George Thomason Collection From a professor during undergraduate studies Mentioned by a prof From teachers when I was a postgraduate student From a graduate supervisor Contributor Folger Shakespeare Library Probably from hearing lecturers mention it during my undergraduate study. In a grad course for an assignment I had to do Mentioned in a postgrad course description. How do you prefer to learn about digital resources?

14  Impact and public engagement  Engaging the public  Measuring wider impact  Online cultural heritage: how can the Bodleian best reach a general audience?

15  ferences/conference-eebo-tcp-2013/ ferences/conference-eebo-tcp-2013/ Early Modern Texts: Digital Methods and Methodologies, September 2013 University of Oxford

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