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Text files in libraries: Present foundations and future directions

John Price‐Wilkin (English literature selector and data services librarian, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 March 1991



Libraries must actively support humanities text files, but we must remember that to focus exclusively on texts tied to specific systems is to put ourselves in opposition to the needs of the researchers we intend to serve. A working model of the sort of system and resource provision that is appropriate is described. The system, one put in place at the University of Michigan, is the result of several years of discussions and investigation. While by no means the only model upon which to base such a service, it incorporates several features that are essential to the support of these materials: standardized, generalized data; the reliance on standards for the delivery of information; and remote use. Sidebars discuss ARTFL, a textual database; the Oxford Text Archive; InteLex; the Open Text Corporation; the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI); the machine‐readable version of the Oxford English Dictionary, 2d edition; and the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities.


Price‐Wilkin, J. (1991), "Text files in libraries: Present foundations and future directions", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 7-44.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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