I know this was stated earlier in a previous post, but one of the reasons that BibleWorks is such a great program is because of what it includes in the main program without extra costs. Sure there are modules that you can buy to expand the program, but the program itself provides a plethora of Biblical texts. Then with BW 6 Josephus and the Apostolic Fathers were added, with no additional costs to the user.
Now another opportunity to make BibleWorks even better is coming up. I've contacted Harry Plantinga, the operator of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library and I've asked him if it would be okay to use the Church Fathers texts that are online at that website to incorporate them into a database for use with Biblical studies computer programs. He said that was perfectly okay. To my knowledge, the works at that website are public domain and with his assurance that this is so, I think it's time to take a step forward.
I'm asking for volunteers of those who are interested in using the CCEL Church Fathers texts to make them into a format that would work in BibleWorks. This would entail picking a specific work and converting it into a plain text format that BW's Version Database Compiler would then integrate into BW. I'm sure I make it sound easier than it is. I honestly don't have any experience with making this happen, but I know we can figure it out because the same process was used by BW users to get the Apostolic Fathers database into BW in the first place. The biggest thing is just to be able to spearhead activities and make sure we're not reduplicating work. I'm not entirely sure how long this project would take, but I know the more people who are willing to help out, the quicker it would go. A lot of the texts include copious footnotes. BW will allow footnotes in its text as well, but it will take a little bit of work to type them in the text in the right order.
If you think you have more skill or time than myself and would like to coordinate this project, let me know. If you would like to volunteer to be involved also let me know. This is a no glory project. No one's going to make any money on it, but it's for the collective BW public own benefit. This stuff is out there and free, it just takes a little bit of grunt work to put it on BW in a way that would pay off big.
In the future we could also include original languages to these works, but since that text is less freely available, that's an option down the road. If anyone knows of a great repository of original language works that would be in public domain, certainly speak up.
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