Our mission is to grow an open data ecosystem for digital biblical studies. To support this mission, we promote these guidelines:

  • Freely licensed. For content that is not code, we like Creative Commons Licenses. For code, we like MIT, Apache, and GPL -see http://choosealicense.com. We encourage licenses that require attribution, we dislike licenses that require asking permission - that just doesn’t scale.
  • Human readable formats like XML, JSON, or well structured HTML with metadata.
  • Unicode, using NFC normalization and UTF-8 when feasible.
  • Publicly available in source code repositories, so changes are visible and available, and it is easy to track issues and suggest improvements or corrections.
  • Designed to be used collaboratively with other resources.
  • Uses existing standards like TEI, Epidoc, and OSIS when they are a good match for the domain.

We are now beginning to negotiate standards to improve interoperability among resources. Check out https://github.com/biblicalhumanities/standards, and come talk to us on https://biblicalhumanities.slack.com/messages/standards/.