TCP Enables OA Digital Editions of 18th Century Texts

Apr 26, 2011

The University of Michigan Library announced that 2,231 titles from Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) are now available to the public as searchable digital editions, thanks to the Text Creation Partnership (TCP). ECCO is a research database containing thousands of important works from the Americas and every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the U.K. during the 18th century. TCP, a partnership between the University of Michigan and Oxford University, produced the keyed-text editions in collaboration with Gale, part of Cengage Learning, which publishes ECCO and provided the page images.

The University of Michigan Library is committed to enabling open access cultural heritage archives. Since 1999, the TCP has provided scholar-ready text editions from works in several different collections, most recently releasing more than 4,000 books in the second phase of its Early English Books Online (EEBO) project with ProQuest. ECCO includes more than 205,000 titles, in total.