Yesterday, the Text Creation Partnership, a division of MPublishing, announced the opening to the public of 2,231 searchable keyed-text editions of books from Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO). Produced by Gale, part of Cengage Learning, ECCO is an important research database that includes every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.
The 2,231 keyed texts were produced in collaboration with Gale, which provided page images for keying and is permitting the release of the keyed texts in support of the Library’s commitment to the creation of open access cultural heritage archives. Gale has been a generous partner, according to Maria Bonn, Associate University Librarian for Publishing. “Gale’s support for the TCP’s ECCO project will enhance the research experience for 18th century scholars and students around the world.”
For more information about the TCP, and instructions on how to obtain a free digital copy of these texts, read the announcement on the TCP’s blog or check out their website. For a broader view of the scholarly implications of their work, you can read this nice overview published yesterday in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker blog.