Oxford Text Archive (OTA) is an archive of electronic texts and other language resources which have been created, collected and distributed for the purpose of research into literary and linguistic topics. The OTA was founded by Lou Burnard of Oxford University Computing Services in 1976, and is thought to be the oldest archive of academic textual resources in electronic form. The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ...
Since 1996, the OTA has been part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service, and hosts AHDS Literature, Languages and Linguistics, a national centre for the support of digital research in literary and linguistic subject areas in the UK. The Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) is a UK national service aiding the discovery, creation and preservation of digital resources in and for research, teaching and learning in the arts and humanities. ...
The primary difficulty with the Archive'stexts, however, are the restrictions put on their use, and this is why I think the proposed Public Domain Shakespeare is a valuable and important project.
Texts with an A- prefix are probably also available, but their depositor has requested us to pass all enquiries to him/her first for vetting.
The major problem with the Archive'stexts, like those of commercial publishers, is that they restrict the user's ability to reproduce them, distribute them, and make valuable study, performance, and research tools available to the widest number of people possible.
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