OCR text derived from digitised books published c. 1510 - 1699 in ALTO XML - British Library Research Repository
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OCR text derived from digitised books published c. 1510 - 1699 in ALTO XML



This set consists 693 volumes, published between c. 1510 - 1699. The dataset comprises text from the collection of digitised books created using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. The books cover a wide range of subject areas including philosophy, history, poetry and literature. The dataset is in Analysed Layout and Text Object (ALTO) Extensible Markup Language (XML) format.


File nameDate UploadedVisibilityFile size
1510_1699.zip18 Dec 2018Public 624 MB


  • Resource type


  • Collections
  • Contributors
    • Edwards, Adrian (Curator)
  • Institution
    • British Library

  • Publisher
    • British Library

  • Place of publication
    • London, UK

  • Official URL
  • DOI
    • doi.org/10.21250/db1

  • Alternate identifier
      • Alternate identifier: DAR00147
      • type: Digital Asset Register ID
  • Keywords
  • Additional information
    • This dataset contains a set of zipfiles, each containing the set of ALTO XML files for a single volume of a book (or a single book, if it consists of a single volume). This dataset was zipped up using 7zip due to its large size, and we recommend you use the same to unzip it. Without using an application like 7zip, older versions of Windows may fail to open it, claiming that the zipfile is corrupt or damaged in some way. A volume's filename will give you a lot of information about itself - what the system identifier is (the first large number), what volume and the range of pages within. The final large number (before the "dat") while this can be safely disregarded, it is unique to that particular volume and may be of some use. The system identifier links back to the print version of the work on the British Library catalogue. You can either download the metadata file that describes all these works, or search on http://explore.bl.uk/ with the identifier to see further details about that item.