If you decide that having the most important public domain Christian
Classic books on the Internet is a goal you are willing to contribute
some of your time toward, here are some volunteer tasks you might be
able to take on.
Unfortunately, during the semester I don't have much time for
training or supervision of volunteers, so you will have to select
your own project and be self-motivated and able to figure out what
needs to be done from the brief descriptions here.
Type Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards is commonly considered America's best theologian and
philosopher. His works are spiritually rich as well as theologically
acute. I would like to get all of Jonathan Edwards' Works on line. I
have scanned the two volume Works, and gif images of the pages
are available on line. You could type a section of this book and send
it to me. More information on the @Edwards Project is available.
This is a project being organized by @Bruce Lambert. Contact him for
more information. He is also working on Bengel's Gnomon.
Spell-check, format, and proofread a book
A couple of books have been scanned and await volunteers to spell-check,
format, and proofread.
In some cases, only scan files (.gif) are available. You would load
each page into your web browser and type it into another window. Then
format it as described below.
In other cases, RTF and PDF versions are available. You would
download the RTF file (or a section of it) and load it into your word
processor. Then spell-check, referring to the corresponding PDF file
when necessary to see what a word should be. Print the book out,
proofread it (circling any suspect words), and correct the word
with reference to the gif or PDF file.
Congratulations! At this point you've done most of the work, and
you can send your book to the CCEL where it will reach thousands of
people. However, some CCEL-specific formatting still remains to be
done. If you are willing to do some additional formatting, to
prepare your book for the CCEL, see the guidelines for the Theological Markup Language.
I suggest you start with the simplest guidelines and work your way up
with later projects.
PDF files are read with Adobe Acrobat. You may already have it
installed -- try double-clicking on the PDF file. If not, you can get
it free from @Adobe. In
instances where referring to the PDF file leaves you with remaining
questions, you may wish to refer to the raw scan file for each page,
usually a large gif or tif image -- or ask me.
Books waiting to be processed
- Arndt, @True Christianity -- Cheryl
Rice working on this, 1009.10.22
- St. Therese of Lisieux -- @Life
Status: Being typed by Jon Hewitt 11/27/98.
See also @Little
- St. Therese of Lisieux -- @Poems --
in progress by Dave Dermody 2/24/98
- St. Benedict -- @Rule and Life
Status: being typed by Deb Mueller ,
- Boethius' @Consolation of
Philosophy -- being worked on by Damon L. Coffey
- Boethius' @Tracts -- being worked
on by Lynda Jewett <email@example.com>, 2/10/98
- Bede's @Ecclesiastical History. Note
that a couple of sections of this work are available on the internet
-- it would be worth finding and using them. (Anthony Thomas is working
on this one--8/28/98).
- Augustine Baker's Holy Wisdom,
scanned by John Gross (Brandon Ray is working on this).
- Irenaeus' The Apostolic
Preaching -- a summary of what the apostles taught, one generation
(!) after the fact. This one has some Greek that needs to be
handled. Being worked on by "Daryl L. Biberdorf" ,
- F.B. Meyer's
Our Daily Homily:
Volume I: Genesis - Ruth -- Bruce Lambert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
working on this
- Schaff's History of the Christian
Church. This important 8-volume set needs formatting in ThML.
Proofread a book
Download and print out a book or part of a book. Circle in blue
anything that looks as though it may be a typo. Mail the resulting
Dept. of Math and Computer Science
Wheaton, IL 60187
Find and photocopy books
Do you have access to a theological library? You could find books
on the CCEL wanted list, in public
domain editions, photocopy them,
and mail them to me. I could then mail them to other volunteers.
I could reimburse you for the cost of photocopying and postage.
This is a major bottleneck right now.
Do you enjoy talking with others via email? Perhaps you would be
interested in being a volunteer coordinator. I send you a list
of names of volunteers, and you offer "jobs" as they become available
-- photocopying books, typing or scanning, proofreading, and
formatting. You contact volunteers occasionally to see how things
are going, and mail finished books to me.
Find a public domain reference source and prepare a biography of one
page or less of some of the authors on the list in HTML. If you find
more extensive biographical information from a trusted source that
you wish to include, link it from the 1-page biography. Some
suggested sources include an old edition of the Encyclopedia
Britannica, published before 1922, the @Catholic Encyclopedia,
or your local library.
Other Specific Needs
- Proofread Henry Drummond's "The Greatest Thing in the World"
- Finish formatting and proofread the 1916 @Episcopal Hymnal
(RTF format). Open it in Microsoft Word, apply paragraph styles
according to the guidelines,
proofread, and send me the result. This may take many hours.
In Progress -- Stephen Hutcheson
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