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3.4 What is the Bibliophiles project?




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This article is from the Quotations FAQ, by Sir Hans dok@fwi.uva.nl Jason Newquist jrnewquist@ucdavis.edu with numerous contributions by others.

3.4 What is the Bibliophiles project?


He had been eight years upon a project for extracting
sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in vials
hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw
inclement summers.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
"Gulliver's Travels" (1726) ``A Voyage to Laputa, etc.'' ch. 5

It is a project based at Brown designed to get a large number of
quotations in a uniform format so that programs can be written to take
advantage of, manipulate, and add to them. There is a bit of a
division over exactly what format is best, but the one in this FAQ will
probably eclipse the current, more limited, one used at Brown. The
idea is to gather a group of people together who will process
quotations by hand, making them readable in the new format. This is a
time-intensive project, to be sure, and requires lots of effort. You
can help relieve the bibliophiles of this effort by posting quotations,
when possible, in the suggested format given above. If you'd like to
volunteer to be a bibliophile, contact Jason.

 

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