A Story of Text Digitization

Text digitization in the cultural heritage sector started in earnest in1971, when the first Project Gutenberg text — the United States Declaration of Independence — was keyed into a file on a mainframe at the University of Illinois. The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae began in 1972. The Oxford Text Archive was founded in 1976. The ARTFL Project was founded at the University of Chicago in 1982. The Perseus Digital Librarystarted its development in 1985. The Text Encoding Initiativestarted in 1987. The Women Writers Project started at Brown University in 1988. The University of Michigan’s UMLibText project was started in 1989. The Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities was established jointly by Princeton University and Rutgers University in 1991. Sweden’s Project Runeberg went online in 1992. The University of Virginia EText Center was also founded in 1992. These projects focused on keyed-in text structured with markup, ASCII or SGML at the time, transitioning to HTML and later, to XML.

Read more herehttp://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2012/12/before-you-were-born-we-were-digitizing-texts/

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