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Open Scriptures Roundup – July 3, 2009

The exciting news this week is the dialogue that Weston has been carrying on with Dr. Bertram Salzmann from the German Bible Society. In a nutshell, we are working together to create a developer platform that will give access to the copyrighted texts that GBS maintains (such as the renown UBS GNT) along with other openly-licensed works already available online. The conceptual outline that Dr. Salzmann has proposed keeps GBS’s texts under their umbrella by means of hosting the texts and the applications that make use of them. This is somewhat different than the original idea that Weston proposed in which Open Scriptures would be more of a true mediator between open source developers and content providers like GBS. In any case, the applications would be made available free of charge. The exact details have yet to be figured out. Many thanks to Dr. Salzmann and GBS for their innovative forward-thinking proposal! Please help by joining in on the conversation!


  1. Joel

    Wow I’m really impressed with all the stuff that’s happened in the last few months! Do you have a roadmap anywhere for this project? I’m just curious when plans to get the WLC in the system and when the first English translation is slated to be added. I assume remaking the manuscript comparator in django is next up on the list, then maybe the redoing the semantic linker to a usable version that adds real data? What are your thoughts?

  2. David Ker

    Anything new since July? I enjoyed playing with the Comparator today but had to resort to manual comparisons for the most recent NU.

  3. Jesse Griffin

    We are hard at work but at this point most of that work is on the underlying data structures and program layout. As a result, there is not a lot of publicly visible change going on. Hopefully in the next two months or so we will be in a position to start our visible changes.

    Thanks a lot for your continued interest and support.

  4. savediam

    wow thanks you lovelies!

  5. kytriya

    I just thought I’d let you know that at your old blog, someone posted a comment that is best deleted.

    Also, I love the work you are doing, and plan on using your vocab cards you made. I look forward to when you can add more Hebrew so that the other 400 – 900 most frequent words in Hebrew can have flash cards too. 😉 (I know this isn’t in your plans yet.)

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