Learn to Transcribe and Encode Early English Books!

This is an image of the title page of the Booke of Pretty Conceites.

Are you interested in early modern texts and learning more about the digital humanities? The Early Books Collective is once again looking for undergraduate students and all interested parties to collaborate with us in transcribing the 17th century text: The Booke of Pretty Conceites–very merry, and very pleasant, and good, to be read of all such as doe delight in new and merry conceites.

Join us every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Vitale II Media Lab, Kislak Center, 6th Floor, Van Pelt Library. No registration necessary.

Working with the Early English Books Online (the EEBO database) Text Creation Partnership (TCP), you’ll decipher and transcribe this text by learning the TEI encoding language and, thereby, cultivate a valuable skill for work in the digital humanities.

Upon completion, we will be contributing our transcribed text back to the EEBO database and the Text Creation Partnership, which is fully and freely available for anyone to use.

Side by side images of both the original letter to the reader page and the transcribed TEI code.
Experience firsthand how early books are digitized!

Join us in contributing to this important project of creating an invaluable scholarly tool!

One thought on “Learn to Transcribe and Encode Early English Books!

  1. Reblogged this on The Thread and commented:

    I’m forwarding Meaghan Moody Stalnaker’s WIC post to invite you to participate in our TEI Early Books transcription project. If you are interested in learning to code texts using TEI please join us! If you have a laptop bring it along. We use a desktop application called Text Wrangler. We’ll work with you to get you started.


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