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Project Runeberg Timeline

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The timeline follows below this graph and table.
Graph showing Project Runeberg's growth since 2003
The graph above and annual summary progress report in numbers below were first compiled and presented in 2010. Click the years for SVG graphs for each year.

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PagesChangeIndexedChange OCRedChangeProofreadChange
2001 40,658   (estimated)
2002 88,700 +48,042 (estimated)
2003 148,141 +59,441 92,904   144,737   13,797  
2004 259,392+111,251168,615+75,711 252,628+107,891 51,725+37,928
2005 381,067+121,675216,178+47,563 342,901 +90,273 76,041+24,316
2006 415,387 +34,320227,030+10,852 368,241 +25,340 95,456+19,415
2007 473,013 +57,626263,563+36,533 417,489 +49,248120,711+25,255
2008 536,874 +63,861291,653+28,090 466,977 +49,488151,297+30,586
2009 583,417 +46,543330,740+39,087 532,031 +65,054177,029+25,732
2010 622,259 +38,842359,052+28,312 581,674 +49,643199,442+22,413
2011 688,203 +65,944454,969+95,917 647,581 +65,907221,494+22,052
2012 1,034,197+345,994552,030+97,061 939,549+291,968253,611+32,117
2013 1,496,667+462,470680,588+128,558 1,346,139+406,590275,098+21,487
2014 1,808,053+311,386743,990+63,402 1,545,930+199,791295,368+20,270
2015 2,140,165+332,112827,216+83,226 1,826,324+280,394315,579+20,211
2016 2,377,191+237,026927,717+100,501 1,992,334+166,010336,899+21,320
2017 2,570,422+193,2311,001,717+74,000 2,266,781+274,447360,550+23,651
2018 2,704,318+133,8961,070,792+69,075 2,347,722+80,941382,821+22,271
2019 2,877,702+173,3841,151,956+81,164 2,535,357+187,635408,113+25,292
2020 3,107,479+229,7771,306,863+154,907 2,799,309+263,952432,963+24,850
2021 3,127,680+20,2011,386,770+79,907 2,827,989+28,680432,963+0
2022 3,209,871+82,1911,443,943+57,173 2,920,427+92,438434,487+1,524
2023 3,281,228+71,3571,554,123+110,180 3,154,454+234,027449,882+15,395

21 February 2024 - Sweden's newspapers
The Royal Library in Stockholm relaunches the website tidningar.kb.se for digitized newspapers with a new name ”Svenska tidningar” (was: Svenska dagstidningar) and a new time horizon of 100 years (was 115 years). Suddenly, you can read all about the Great War.
14 February 2024 - Finland's Swedish newspapers
Finland's National library announces (and also the Swedish Literary Society) that all newspapers in the Swedish minority language have now been digitized, a total of 6 million pages, making up 30% of all digitized newspapers of Finland, and those from 1949 or earlier are openly available.
9 February 2024 - IPv6
Our webserver can once again be reached by IPv6 after a two-year hiatus (compare August 2013, December 2021). Nobody has complained about missing IPv6 in this time.
20 December 2023 - More sitemaps
In addition to one sitemap listing all 6,000 works and one listing 15,000 authors, we introduce 6,000 sitemaps, one for each work, listing every valid URL, e.g. this and this.
24 November 2023 - https:
Project Runeberg's website finally transitions from unencrypted http to encrypted https, using Certbot from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Let's Encrypt.
27 June 2023 - Swedish newspapers
Sweden's Royal Library announced that all Swedish newspapers until 1906 have now been digitized and are freely available online, a total of 6.6 million pages. Much of the newspapers from the 20th century remains to be digitized. So far, a total of 34 million newspaper pages have been digitized, but those less than 115 years old are not openly available. (The cut-off slides forward day by day.)
16 April 2023 - 1,500,000 indexed pages
15 April 2023 - Schück & Warburg
Gothenburg University library has generously digitized the 3rd edition of Henrik Schück and Karl Warburg's Illustrerad svensk litteraturhistoria (7 volumes, 4,808 pages, 1926—1932), a wonderful source of knowledge on Swedish literature. We have imported their scans and OCR text, made a structured and linked table of contents, and started to proofread the text. Among our first books in the 1990s was Karl Warburg's compact Svensk litteraturhistoria i sammandrag (230 pages, 1904), but this is 20 times bigger.
12 April 2023 - Call for digitization in Sweden
In an opinion article, the secretary general of the Swedish library association Björn Orring asks Hur ska regeringen ta sig an digitaliseringen av kulturarvet? (How will the government address the digitization of cultural heritage? IA). There is a new Swedish government, but funding for large-scale digitization is still lacking.
17 February 2023 - 3,000,000 pages with OCR text
This is 93% of our 3.22 million pages in facsimile. An effort was made to add OCR text to various books that didn't have it, including many printed in fraktur / blackletter.
February 2023 - Tags for speaker, stage
To mark up drama, two new tags are introduced: <speaker> (who is speaking) and <stage> (stage instructions, non-spoken words). (Both are already used in TEI XML mark-up, which we have not implemented, but use as a source of inspiration in this case.) In the HTML that we generate, both are rendered as italics. The actual lines spoken by actors are not marked up. During proofreading, statistics on speakers are available, as seen in this screenshot (1. Buttons for adding the mark-up. 2. Mark-up seen in the text. 3. Stats button. 4. Number of occurrences of the tags in this page. 5. Number of occurring speakers.) from the proofreading of this page.
January 2023 - Datasets
Salmonens Konversationsleksikon, that huge Danish encyclopedia, is converted to a single file with one line per article, to facilitate analysis and experimentation. Perhaps this is a pattern that can be repeated for other works? Keep an eye on our new page about Datasets for Natural Language Processing and Text Mining.
October 2022 - Support Ukraine
Project Runeberg cancels this year's annual fundraiser and instead urges support for organizations that help Ukraine to win this war.
5 August 2022 - Nordisk familjebok 4th ed.
Twenty years after the 1st and 2nd edition (20 + 38 volumes) were digitized, we add the 4th edition (22 volumes, 12,986 pages, 1951) of Nordisk familjebok to our collections. In February, two other smaller Swedish encyclopedias were digitized: Bonniers konversationslexikon (13 volumes, 10,892 pages, 1922—1929) and Åhlén & söners uppslagsbok (13 volumes, 3,990 pages, 1931—1933), making us ever more encyclopedic.
20 June 2022 - Call for digitization in Sweden
Librarians from six Swedish academies write an opinion article: Öppna bibliotekens skattkammare (Open up the treasures of our libraries, IA).
2 June 2022 - Swedish 19th century periodicals
Within the cooperation "DST" (digitalisering av det svenska trycket), 25 Swedish periodicals from the latter half of the 19th century have been digitized. Announcement (Internet Archive), list of titles and years. The list links to some titles that have only been digitized within Project Runeberg (e.g. Hvar 8 dag, Svea, Svenska Familj-journalen), but without mentioning our effort.
28 April 2022 - SMoK
The final two volumes (for a total of 8) of Svenska Män och Kvinnor are digitized. Printed in 1954 and 1955, they are not yet 70 years old, but we see no reason to wait.
March 2022 - Call for digitization in Sweden
Once again, leading Swedish librarians write an opinion piece (Internet Archive) about the need to digitize Swedish literature, positioning themselves as talkers rather than doers.
19 December 2021 - Stella gives up
Old server Stella dies with hardware problem from old age, just before the Christmas break. New stand-by server Ellen takes over on January 2, 2022. The most recent uploads had not been backed up, and needed to be uploaded again. Configuration for IPv6 traffic, enabled in August 2013, is accidentally lost in this change and continued only in February 2024.
9 December 2021 - data.kb.se
The Royal Library in Stockholm lauches its "data platform" data.kb.se
August 2021 - List all pages of subchapters
In an electronic facsimile edition, when a chapter (e.g. Två naturdikter) contains subchapters (e.g. 1. Månsken), the indented lines in the table of contents used to only list the first of the pages, but that limitation was removed. This means the overlapping page sequence 188, 189, 190, ... will now appear twice.
21 June 2021 - Juridikbok
A new Swedish non-profit organization "Stiftelsen för tillgängliggörande av juridisk litteratur" opens the website juridikbok.se where initially 80 Swedish books (from 1897 to 2012) on law and jurisprudance are made available for free in PDF format with scanned images and OCR text. A few of them are out of copyright, but most are not; these books are released under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license. The organization is a self-governed foundation (not a membership association) with board members from law scholars, university libraries, courts of law, and Sveriges Advokatsamfund (the Swedish bar association).
March 2021 - Wikisource uses style sheets
Wikisource introduces a system of CSS style sheets per book, described in Help:Page styles. Project Runeberg has nothing similar. Is it a success that should be copied?
1 March 2021 - All Swedish 19th century fiction
Litteraturbanken announces (Internet Archive copy) that a new three-year research project "Nya vägar till det förflutna" (new paths to the past, description, Internet Archive copy) intends to digitize all Swedish 19th century fiction and to make it freely available through Litteraturbanken and Alvin. The first release is 1000 books from 1850-1880, adding to the existing 5000 books already in Litteraturbanken. The format is facsimile with raw OCR. Part of this first batch is the short story Birger Jarl from 1854 by an anonymous author.
4 January 2021 - Call for digitization in Sweden
Leaders of five Swedish heritage institutions, among them the national archivist and national librarian, in an opinion article in newspaper Dagens Nyheter demand that Sweden should digitize its cultural heritage content. (article, Internet Archive copy) (In any normal country, this should be their job and taxpayers would start to ask why they aren't doing it. The one that takes the initiative would be promoted and the others would be replaced. But in Sweden they talk to each other, ensuring that nobody is doing too much on their own, and together they write an opinion article. Compare the declaration on 28 January 2020, below, which is also a joint statement without any visible action.)
December 2020 - Ellen
Our old server Mirabell (webserver 2008-2013, backup 2013-2020) is finally retired and replaced by Ellen, a virtual computer in the cloud. Also, on December 19, server Stella moves to a new computer room.
October 2020 - DHN 2020
At the October 2020 (postponed from March 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic) conference in Riga on Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries, a team from Gothenburg presents a report on "Supervised OCR Post-Correction" (report, 14 pages, PDF, written in November 2019), which makes use of proofread texts from Project Runeberg.
8 October 2020 - OCR statistics
Due to old and inaccurate cached-status.txt files, the reported number of pages with OCR text was understated by circa 80,000. When these files were removed, forcing a recount, it appears as if the count suddenly jumped from 2.68 million to 2.76 million, reducing the number of pages lacking OCR from 0.40 to 0.32 million. Other page counts (total, indexed, proofread) did not change.
August 2020 - Allkunne
Allkunne was launched in 2009 as the first encyclopedia ever in Nynorsk (apart from Nynorsk Wikipedia), the second language of Norway. On 22 August 2020 it was announced (IA) that it becomes a part of Store Norske Leksikon, which since 2014 has a sustainable non-commercial model for funding from universities and charitable foundations.
July 2020 - KB-BERT
A paper on Making a Swedish BERT (5 pages, PDF) is presented in ArXiv by a team from the Royal Library.
4 June 2020 - 3,000,000 pages in facsimile
25 May 2020 - Lex.dk
Danish encyclopedic website lex.dk is launched, presenting the content from Den Store Danske, Dansk Biografisk Leksikon, Trap Danmark and several other classic Danish reference works, open-for-all and non-commercially, following the Norwegian model of snl.no. The site belongs to a non-profit organization, Foreningen Lex.dk, formed by Danish universities and publishers. Press release in Danish.
March 2020 - Front Page
19 February 2020 - 1,200,000 indexed pages
Compare 7 November 2017 (1.0 M) and 31 May 2012 (0.5 M).
February 2020 - Front Page
28 January 2020 - Declaration of intention - Sweden
In a press release (Internet Archive copy), the Royal Library in Stockholm and five Swedish university libraries (Göteborg, Lund, Stockholm, Umeå, Uppsala) declare their intention to digitize all Swedish imprints from the beginning in the 15th century. They have no budget and no time schedule, but they have appointed a coordination committee with the power to appoint working groups for specific subprojects.
As a follow-up, Stockholm University Library in a podcast on March 9, 2020 (Internet Archive copy, Soundcloud, Soundcloud via Internet Archive) talks about the digitization of old dissertations that started in 2011, how that became controversial and how the library reacted to that.
Yet another press release was published on June 8, 2021, but nothing new has happened.
19 November 2019 - Broken links to kb.dk
Denmark's Royal library changes its online catalog (from rex.kb.dk to soeg.kb.dk) and all library records get new identifiers, breaking 349 outgoing links from our website (Metadata fields IMAGE_SOURCE and MARC). With time we need to manually update these links.
November 2019 - Front Page
March 2019 - DHN 2019
At the March 2019 conference in Copenhagen on Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries, a project for an "enhanced OCR process" (report, 12 pages, PDF) is presented by a team from Sweden's Royal Library (funding in 2018). What they have done is to postprocess the OCR output from existing software.
At the same conference, a paper on "Open Source Tesseract in Re-OCR of Finnish Fraktur" is presented by a team from the national library of Finland (report, 13 pages, PDF).
March 2019 - Front Page
February 2019 - Front Page
25 January 2019 - Statistics on characters and words
The proofreading tool's "Stats" button for statistics on character and word occurrences (see January 2013) has been modified to cover an entire volume (a whole book) if you specify src=.../ without any page number after the slash. What happens is that you get the text from all pages in the book (which might be megabytes) in the text area and a simplified form that only has the "Stats" button. So far there are no links to this function, you have to know it and manually alter the URL. It might be useful to those who know that it exists. (Copying megabytes of text to a form and then submitting it back to the server is not the most efficient way to produce these reports. Just a few years ago, it would have seemed unrealistic. But it works fine and it was the quickest way to implement it.)
15 January 2019 - SMoK
Most Swedish historians and librarians know the abbreviation SMoK for Svenska män och kvinnor (Swedish Men and Women), an 8-volume biographic dictionary published in the 1940s. We have started to digitize the first four volumes, which are now more than 70 years old.
10 December 2018 - Dictionary search
A new search function has been developed for dictionaries, based on their tables of content. The search doesn't find a word that is in a dictionary, but suggests a page where the user can start to look for it. A search box is found at the top of the Tema Dictionaries page. All search functionality was converted to UTF-8.
November 2018 - Dramawebben
Dramawebben becomes a part of Litteraturbanken.
11 September 2018 - Lagen.nu
The website lagen.nu, presenting the full text of Swedish laws, is relaunched (as tested since November 2017, vad är nytt?) and now also contains many documents that were important in writing the laws, such as 5769 official government reports (Statens offentliga utredningar, SOU), some of which are also available from us. This is based on PDFs scanned by the Royal Library, but with new OCR.
March 2018 - DHN 2018
At the March 2018 conference in Helsinki on Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries, "Creating and Using Ground Truth OCR Sample Data for Finnish Historical Newspapers and Journals" (report, 7 pages, PDF) is presented by a team from the national library of Finland.
2 March 2018 - Riksdagstryck
The Swedish parliament (Riksdagen) announces that it has digitized 3 million pages of its documents from 450 years (1520-1970) in cooperation with the Royal (national) library, riksdagstryck.kb.se
March 2018 - Front Page
February 2018 - Svenskt porträttarkiv
A formal membership association is formed to support the project Svenskt porträttarkiv (Swedish portrait archive), started as an informal Facebook group by Omar Henriksson a few years earlier. The archive contains over 500,000 portraits of historic Swedes found in various books. Some articles in Swedish: April 2017 (podcast), May 2017, February 2018.
1 February 2018 - Bokhylla
The Norwegian national library (Nasjonalbiblioteket) announces that it has now digitized all Norwegian literature up to the year 2000, some 250,000 volumes (but not including all journals). Older, out-of-copyright works are freely available to the whole world and more recent works are freely available to users with Norwegian IP addresses through an agreement with copyright organizations. The project started in 2009. bokhylla.no
7 November 2017 - 1,000,000 pages indexed
Tables of content (indexes) now cover one million or 40 percent of our 2.5 million scanned pages. For the other 60 percent you need to flip pages or use full text search.
10 July 2017 - 2,500,000 pages in facsimile
3 January 2017 - 2,000,000 pages with OCR text
Most of our scanned pages have OCR text, making full text search possible. But there is a gap of some 380,000 pages.
May 2016 - Front Page
October 2015 - Front Page
October 2015 - Detect alphabet clashes
The "Stats" button in proofreading (see January 2013) detects clashes between Latin and Cyrillic letters in the same word and shows them in boldface. This is an essential function for proofreading Swedish-Russian dictionaries. Cyrillic А looks like Latin A, but they are two different characters. If you search for one, you might not find the other.
29 June 2015 - 2,000,000 pages in facsimile
June 2015 - Wikipedia drops HTTP
Since 2011, Wikipedia can be accessed through both unencrypted http:// and encrypted https:// URLs, but in June 2015, the unencryted HTTP is dropped. (Project Runeberg only uses HTTP.)
12 February 2015 - 300,000 proofread pages
Proofreading proceeds with slightly more than 20,000 pages per year.
4 March 2014 - 5,000 volumes
The Finland-Swedish childrens magazine Nya Trollsländan for 1888 is the 5000th volume uploaded to our website.
February 2014 - Front Page
January 2014 - Front Page
3 January 2014 - 1,500,000 pages in facsimile
With Förslag till Enhet och Medborgerlighet i de allmänna Undervisnings-Verken (1823) by Anders Fryxell, we go beyond 1.5 million scanned pages. On the day before, our Facebook page reaches 2,500 fans.
December 2013 - Front Page
1 August 2013 - IPv6
From now, our website is also available by IPv6, Internet Protocol version 6. Initially only 0.5 percent of all web requests use IPv6 and the rest use the traditional IPv4.
29 May 2013 - Stella
Our website moves from the old server Mirabell (bought in January 2008, in service since October 2008) to the new server Stella (bought in August 2011).
January 2013 - Front Page
January 2013 - Word statistics in proofreading
A "Stats" button is added to the proofreading tool, showing statistics on character, tag and word counts in the current page.
December 2012 - Front Page
17 December 2012 - Unicode conversion
This video (Ogg Vorbis format, 1366×768 pixels, 8 minutes, 35 megabytes) explains in Swedish how the texts we scanned before 2005 are being converted from ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) to UTF-8 (Unicode). Together they constitute one fifth of our collection, or 200,000 scanned pages out of one million.
This text in Swedish is the official account of the conversion to the funding organization, the Royal Library in Stockholm: Projekt Runebergs konvertering till Unicode
22 November 2012 - 1,000,000 pages in facsimile
This page from volume 4 of the collected works of August Blanche was the one millionth page in our collection, scanned by Peter.
20 November 2012 - 250,000 proofread pages
At the end of the day, we had 250,061 proofread pages, which is a little more than one quarter of our entire collection. It seems the very 250,000th page to be proofread, by Ralph just after noon, was page 9 of Minnen av och om Emil Key, an autobiography in Swedish first published in 1916.
August 2012 - Front Page
June 2012 - Front Page
May 2012 - Front Page
The hardware mentioned there are the Canon DR-160M scanner and a Hewlett-Packard PC (named "Ester") with a 2 TB SATA3 disk from Hitachi, 8 GB RAM and an Intel Core i7-2600 CPU at 3.40 GHz. Both work just fine ten years later, but support for the operating system Microsoft Windows 7 ended in January 2020.
31 May 2012 - 500,000 indexed pages
At the end of the day, we had 500,223 indexed pages, which is a little more than half of our entire collection.
April 2012 - Front Page
13 April 2012 - 750,000 pages in facsimile
The page "Walfischfinne-Wallöffnung" in the German-Swedish dictionary (1932) was scanned page No. 750,000 to be presented in facsimile.
16 March 2012 - Svenskt biografiskt lexikon (SBL)
The Swedish biographic dictionary (33 volumes, each 800 pages, a total of 25,000 articles, covering surnames A-S) is made available for free online by the National archive (Riksarkivet). The project was started in 1917 by a private publisher, who later abandoned it. In 1962 it was transformed into a government agency, in 1998 a CDROM edition of the first 31 volumes was published for sale (which delayed the online version), and from 2009 it is part of the National archive.
December 2011 - Front Page
November 2011 - Front Page
October 2011 - Front Page
September 2011 - Front Page
17 July 2011 - iPhone shaped bookmarks (PDF)
July 2011 - Front Page
2 May 2011 - Digitaliseringsflöden
The opening of a new blog on digitization workflows (in Swedish) by five Swedish university libraries (Göteborg, Lund, Stockholm, Umeå, Uppsala). They are part of a project funded by the Royal Library, which started with an invitation for tenders (PDF) for scanning equipment in February 2010. The contract (PDF), signed in May 2010, was won by Treventus Mechatronics of Austria. The outcome of the procurement process was described as successful by IDG in August 2010, with the price of 850,000 SEK (less than 100,000 euro) per scanning robot. In May 2011, some of the first blog posts indicate a desire to use other equipment and methods than these robots: "Även om vårt samarbetsprojekt har sin början i den gemensamma upphandling vi gjort av digitaliseringsrobot tänker vi oss alla flera metoder för bildfångst, där roboten är en källa av flera."
11 April 2011 - 10,000 proofread pages in Swedish Wikisource
The Swedish language branch of Wikisource, the digitization platform of the Wikimedia Foundation, celebrates ten thousand proofread pages (blog post in Swedish), making Swedish the 7th most active language in Wikisource. 7500 pages were proofread in the last 12 months.
April 2011 - Front Page
28 March 2011 - LUPP
Final report (PDF, in Swedish) from a joint digitization project at Linköping public library and Uppsala university library, funded by the Royal Library. A total of 2000 pages were digitized. The report discusses how small libraries can participate in digitization. One book that was digitized here, containing 200 pages, was independently proofread in Wikisource: Jacob Philip Tollstorp, Beskrifning öfver Linköping (1834).
December 2010 - Progress report
Our annual production statistics are first presented, later moved to the top of this page.
November 2010 - Front Page
January 2010 - Front Page
December 2009 - Progress report
diagram At the end of 2009, Project Runeberg contains 581,000 scanned pages. As can be seen from the diagram (click for a larger version), we scanned 100,000 pages per year until the end of 2005, when we reached 400,000. After that, we have done half speed. We really should index, OCR and proofread each page, but these tasks are lagging behind. Proofreading has been going at a very steady rate of 25,000 pages per year, and is now at 176,000.
September 2009 - Front Page
15 September 2009 - Google-avtalet / Google book search settlement
Asked by local newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten (Linköping, Sweden) to comment on the proposed settlement in the class action suit against Google Book Search, Project Runeberg's founder Lars Aronsson says it's about time that somebody starts to scan literature on a large scale, and that a copyright law reform is needed. (Article copied without permission, just to illustrate the case.)
August 2009 - Front Page
July 2009 - Front Page
May 2009 - Front Page
November 2008 - Digitalisering av historiska dagstidningar
Master of Arts thesis (magisteruppsats) in Swedish by Ulf Persson, "Digitalisering av historiska dagstidningar", Uppsala university, November 2008. Gives an insight into the state of affairs in digitization of newspapers. Costs are estimated at $1.25 per page.
September 2008 - Front Page
2 February 2008 - Mirabell
Project Runeberg's server Fatabur (deskside tower) is getting old and a new one, Mirabell (rack-mounted), is installed in Lysator's computer room, as shown in this video (OGG Vorbis, 73 megabytes). More hardware information on our wiki.
September 2007 - Front Page
June 2007 - Front Page
25 May 2007 - Munin graphs
Munin is not only one of Odin's far-seeing ravens from Norse mythology, but also a free software for system monitoring graphs. This is now installed on Project Runeberg's server and available on runeberg.org/admin/munin/. Apart from the general purpose graphs showing disk, CPU, memory, database and network performance, there is also one that shows the proofreading activity per hour from our recent changes log.
23 February 2007 - 100,000 proofread pages
At 7:42 AM local Swedish time, a page in the article on Livonia in Nordisk familjebok (2nd edition, volume 16, columns 837-838, printed in 1912) becomes our 100,000th proofread page.
14 February 2007 - Scanned by
Recently Project Runeberg has started to copy scanned images from the Internet Archive, the University of Michigan, and Google Book Search. Now a Metadata item is introduced for specifying the IMAGE_SOURCE and a little icon that links back to this source together with an acknowledgement is presented at the end of the "preface to the electronic edition" of works such as birgitta, ivar, poncelet, and sigdrama.
February 2007 - Front Page
January 2007 - ISBNs change from 10 to 13 digits. This should have no effect on Project Runeberg in the next 70 years.
January 2007 - Front Page
December 2006 - Front Page
April 2006 - Front Page
March 2006 - Front Page
February 2006 - Front Page
January 2006 - Front Page
December 2005 - MARC links
A little orange [MARC] MARC symbol starts to appear near the title of some books and periodicals. This is a link to a bibliographic record (available in the MARC format) in the Libris catalog at the Royal Library in Stockholm.
December 2005 - Front Page
November 2005 - Front Page
18 October 2005 - phosphorism
A proposed T-shirt design:
English ("phosphorism"): .png (72 kB) .pdf (16 kB) .eps (248 kB) .sxi (8 kB)
Svenska ("fosforism"): .png (84 kB) .pdf (16 kB) .eps (248 kB) .sxi (8 kB)
October 2005 - Front Page
No updates were made May-September this year.
April 2005 - Front Page
24 March 2005 - wdiff
The "diff" (difference) function available from the Recent Changes listing is improved. The new version is based on GNU wdiff version 0.5 (word difference), the output of which is postprocessed to add colors (red for deleted and blue for inserted words) and present statistics in a little table at the top of the page. (The old version was ugly and hard to read.)
22 March 2005 - 300K scanned pages
The total number of scanned pages reaches 300,000, corresponding to 15 linear metres of shelving. This happens only days after we received a new scanner, bought for money from II-Stiftelsen. A growth prediction is published.
March 2005 - Front Page
February 2005 - Front Page
17-27 February 2005 - Pieni Tietosanakirja
This small encyclopedia in four volumes is our first work in the Finnish language since 1996, and our first ever in the UTF-8 (Unicode) character set. Since our start in 1992 we have standardized on the 8-bit character set ISO-8859-1 (Latin-1), so this is a big change. Some other works are also converted to UTF-8, among the early ones are Musik-Lexikon (March 2) and Salmonsens konversationsleksikon (March 21). We expect to use both character sets side by side in the foreseeable future.
January 2005 - Front Page
15 December 2004 - runeberg.org
All of Project Runeberg's website moves from www.lysator.liu.se/runeberg/ (our base URL since 1993) to runeberg.org and our own server "Fatabur".
10 December 2004 - 50K proofed pages
The total number of fully proofread pages reaches 50,000.
December 2004 - Front Page
30 November 2004 - 250K scanned pages
The total number of scanned pages reaches 250,000. The very one is the cover to fascicle 4, 1905 of the Swedish anthropological and geographic journal Ymer.
15 November 2004 - new disks
Four new 200 GB disks are installed in our Fatabur server as a RAID-5 combination providing 550 GB of extra storage. These disks, controllers, and backup tapes are purchased for funds raised from donations during the fall.
November 2004 - Front Page
Teknisk tidskrift, Teknisk Ukeblad, Arkiv för nordisk filologi
1 November 2004 - money
II-Stiftelsen, the foundation that owns the Swedish .SE top level domain, awards Project Runeberg 150,000 SEK (US$ 21,000), which should be used during 2005 for purchasing equipment, developing the website, and marketing the project. In 2003 there were 214,000 domains registered under .SE, so each can be said to have contributed 10 cents. Read more about Project Runeberg's sponsors and (in Swedish) how we used the money.
October 2004 - Front Page
Works by Wilhelm von Braun and Emanuel Swedenborg
September 2004 - Front Page
Several journals scanned: Fataburen, Jernkontorets annaler, Svensk Läraretidning, Ymer; Brehm's Djurens lif
27 August 2004 - recorded interview
Östgöta Taltidning, a Swedish spoken newspaper for the sight impaired, conducts an interview with Project Runeberg coordinator Lars Aronsson. Listen to the interview (MP3, in Swedish, also in Ogg Theora) or read the transcript (also in Swedish).
August 2004 - Front Page
Henrik Ibsens Samlede Værker; fundraising for new disks
July 2004 - Front Page
22 June 2004 - 200,000 pages
Project Runeberg's digital facsimile editions now comprise 200,000 pages from books and magazines, corresponding to 10 linear meters of shelving. A press release in Swedish was sent out to celebrate this.
June 2004 - Front Page
Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Anna Maria Lenngren and the 200th of Carl Anton Wetterbergh
May 2004 - Front Page
Nordisk illustreret Havebrugsleksikon; Svensk konst och svenska konstnärer i nittonde århundradet
26 April 2004 - halfways indexing
The indexing of articles now covers half of all pages in the 38 volumes of the 2nd edition (1904-1926) of Nordisk familjebok, the classic Swedish encyclopedia
April 2004 - Front Page
now 40 (of 55) volumes of Samlade skrifter av August Strindberg; fundraising starts
March 2004 - Front Page
Tidsskrift for Physik og Chemi; the first 17 (of 55) volumes of Samlade skrifter av August Strindberg
February 2004 - Front Page
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Johan Ludvig Runeberg
21 Jan 2004 - Litteraturbanken
Radio Sweden airs an interview (in Swedish) with Horace Engdahl, secretary of the Swedish Academy, about the planned project "Litteraturbanken" (literature databank) which aims to digitize all Swedish literature, old and new, produce text critic editions and make them freely available over the Internet. Listen to the interview (3 megabytes, Real Audio format).
16 Jan 2004 - 150 K scanned pages
Project Runeberg's digital facsimile editions now comprise 150,000 book and magazine pages.
January 2004 - Front Page
Six first volumes of Salmonsens konversationsleksikon
3 December 2003 - Fatabur
Project Runeberg's own server Fatabur is installed in LYSATOR's computer room and the domain name runeberg.org is pointed to its IP address
December 2003 - Front Page
First volumes of Hvar 8 dag and Julfrid.
November 2003 - Front Page
Dansk biografisk Lexikon, 19 volumes; Dagligt Liv i Norden, 14 volumes
October 2003 - Front Page
More volumes of Svenska Familj-Journalen and many other titles.
September 2003 - Front Page
Announcement of the completion of Nordisk familjebok
August 2003 - Front Page
July 2003 - Front Page
29 June 2003 - 100 K scanned pages
Project Runeberg's digital facsimile editions now comprise 100,000 book and magazine pages. With roughly 20,000 pages per linear meter of shelving ("hyllmeter"), this amounts to 5 meters. The e-texts produced without facsimile images (primarily before 1998) are not included in this number. Volunteers do the detailed indexing and proofreading of the facsimile scanned books. Their daily progress are presented on the pages Recent Changes and Proofreading status.
11 May 2003 - Nordisk familjebok completed
Facsimile images have been scanned of all volumes (20 + 38) of Nordisk familjebok. This is a goal that we have dreamed about the last eight or nine years.
May 2003 - Front Page
Starting this month, Project Runeberg's front page contains sections from the four last months.
23 Apr 2003 - Nordisk familjebok
Sweden's biggest daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter publishes the article "Ugglan" hoar gratis på nätet about Project Runeberg's effort to digitize Nordisk familjebok. After a month of running OCR, 36,000 facsimile pages (more than 200 megabytes of text) of this classic Swedish encyclopedia are now better exposed to Google and other search engines, leading to more visitors and media attention. Each volume takes a couple of hours to OCR. When scanning and OCR are completed, this digital facsimile edition alone will encompass 44,000 pages. Project Runeberg's other digital facsimile editions comprise 60,000 pages all together.

Also OCRed in the last month are the five volumes (1865-1869) of the journal Svensk Literatur-Tidskrift.

19 Mar 2003 - OCR
After upgrading to the optical character recognition software that everybody recommends, ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Professional, the following texts were made available in raw text in addition to the existing digital facsimile. Proofreaders wanted! You can help us proofread directly from your web browser, no registration required.
6 Feb 2003 - Printable PDF from facsimile images
A long awaited feature: Facsimile pages can now be downloaded as PDF for high resolution viewing or printing.
3-5 Feb 2003 - Nordisk familjebok
Four more volumes (11-14, 2nd edition) of the Swedish encyclopedia Nordisk familjebok are published in digital facsimile. Project Runeberg has now published a total of 96,000 pages in digital facsimile, of which 37,000 (38 %) are Nordisk familjebok. Ten volumes of the encyclopedia remain to be scanned, as does article indexing and OCR.
25 Jan 2003 - Frans Michael Franzén
A new title, Frans Michaël Franzéns samlade dikter, the collected works in seven volumes of a Swedish 19th century poet and bishop, made available online in digital facsimile.
24 Jan 2003 - Fredrika Bremer, Ellen Key
Four new titles are digitized and made available online in digital facsimile, pertaining to the two founders of the feminist movement in Sweden:
22 Jan 2003 - Call for discussion on sponsoring
A letter sent by Lars Aronsson to the Swedish library mailing list BIBLIST, asking for ideas how Swedish libraries can help Project Runeberg with funds and improved awareness.
17 Dec 2002 - Jeopardy
What is Project Runeberg? is the correct question at the 600 kronor level in the TV quiz show Jeopardy (Swedish edition).
13 Dec 2002 - Project Runeberg ten years old
Project Runeberg's 10th anneversary is celebrated in Linköping by the editors.
29 Oct 2002 - UppLYSning
As part of Lysator's open evening lectures (uppLYSning), coordinator Lars Aronsson gives a presentation on Project Runeberg - ten years of Nordic literature on the Net. Project Runeberg has now scanned a total of 89,000 facsimile images. More than one third are from the Swedish encyclopedia Nordisk familjebok where 44 of 58 volumes have been digitized. Linköping University and Lysator have also okayed our use of the domain name runeberg.org and our 10th anniversary celebrations are planned for December 13th.
19-25 Oct 2002 - Nordisk familjebok
Six more volumes (15-20, 2nd edition) of the Swedish encyclopedia Nordisk familjebok are published in digital facsimile.
27 Aug - 4 Oct 2002 - Nordisk familjebok
Twenty more volumes (19-20, 1st edition, and 21-38, 2nd edition) of the Swedish encyclopedia Nordisk familjebok are published in digital facsimile.
5 Apr 2002 - Improved proofreading
The function for online proofreading of electronic facsimile editions has been improved: Results are now immediately reflected on the website and there is a page that lists Recent Changes.
30 Mar 2002 - 18 volumes Nordisk familjebok
The complete alphabet, 18 volumes of the 1st edition of Swedish encyclopedia Nordisk familjebok (1876-1894) is now available in facsimile images. Two supplement volumes remain, as does OCR, and scanning of the 2nd edition. Project Runeberg has a total of 50,000 facsimile images, of which these 18 volumes of Nordisk familjebok make up 14,000 pages. The remaining 2+38 volumes would add another 30,000 pages.
29 Mar 2002 - Påsk
Project Runeberg publishes an electronic facsimile of volume 33 of August Strindberg's collected works, containing three dramas.
28 Mar 2002 - Baron Münchhausen
Project Runeberg publishes a Swedish translation from 1875.
22 Mar 2002 - Front Page
Easter greetings. Now 13 volumes of Nordisk familjebok are digitized.
26 Jan 2002 - Kristens resa
Project Runeberg publishes a Swedish translation of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
16 January 2002 - Biblisk ordbok
Biblisk ordbok för hemmet och skolan, scanned in January 1999, is now fully proofread
4 January 2002 - Nordisk familjebok
The first 10 volumes (of 20) of the 1st edition of Nordisk familjebok are scanned
21 Dec 2001 - Front Page
Classic Christmas greetings.
19 Dec 2001 - 5 of 20 volumes Nordisk familjebok
The first five volumes have been scanned, a total of 3992 facsimile images, of the 19th century 1st edition of Nordisk familjebok, Sweden's biggest encyclopedia at the time. This is the first major scanning effort in the last two years. Project Runeberg's electronic facsimile editions now encompass 40,658 pages in 67 titles.
2001 - Front Page
Not much happened to Project Runeberg in this year of economic slow-down, terrible terrorist attacks, and general post-millennial, post-dotcom-death apathy. Still, after all the dust begins to settle, our brave little project still stands, and the new millennium can finally begin.
19 June 1999 - New titles, 2nd quarter of 1999
7,100 new facsimile pages, for a total of 34,700. Note that some of the new titles are text editions without facsimile images.
Aftonbladet, 1830, Swedish
Adlersparre, Carl August, Anteckningar om bortgångne samtida, 1859-1861, Swedish
Agrell, Johan Joachim, Sonate Violino Solo, 1734, Swedish
Andersen, Anton, Danske Forfatterinder i det nittende Hundredaar, 1896, Danish
Benedictsson, Victoria, Pengar, Swedish
Berzelius, Jöns Jacob, De electricitatis galvanicæ apparatu cel. Volta excitæ in corpora organica effectu, 1802, Latin
Berzelius, Jöns Jacob, Nova analysis aquarum Medeviensium, 1800, Latin
Franzén, Frans Michael, Minnesanteckningar öfver utmärkte svenske statsmän, hjeltar, lärde, konstnärer och skalder, 1848-1860, Swedish
Nyblom, Carl Rupert, En sjuttioårings minnen, 1908, Swedish
Svenska Familj-Journalen, 1869-1885, Swedish
Winkel Horn, Fr., Den danske Literaturs Historie fra dens Begyndelse til vore Dage, 1881, Danish
Åhlström, Olof, Quatre Sonates pour le Clavecin ou Pianoforte avec l'Accompagnement d'un Violon, 1784, Swedish
10--12 May 1999 - ICCC/IFIP Electronic Publishing 99
This conference featured a paper on Project Runeberg's Electronic Facsimile Editions of Nordic Literature.
3 Apr 1999 - New titles, 1st quarter of 1999
6,400 new facsimile pages, for a total of 27,600
Iwar T. Aminoff, Det eröfrade landet, 1914
Gustaf Cederschiöld, Om ordlekar, 1910
Gustaf Cederschiöld, Om svenskan som skriftspråk, 1897
Christoffer Eichhorn, De bildande konsternas historia i kort öfversigt, 1881
Laura Fitinghoff, Barnen ifrån Frostmofjället, 1907
Genom världsrymden, 1895
Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Fänrik Ståls sägner, illustrerad utgåva, 1886
Anton Sjögren, Lärobok i mineralogi för elementar-läroverk och tekniska skolor, 1880
Erik Thyselius, Karl XV och hans tid, 1910
Gustaf Timberg, Populär meteorologi, 1908
Gustav Wied, Mindeudgave, 8 vol., 1920
Otto Witt, Krigets tekniska sagor för stora och små, 1915
Lars Wivallius, Klage-Wijsa Öfwer Thenna torra och kalla Wååhr, 1642
24 Jan 1999 - From Print Media to the Internet
In this PhD thesis at Sorbonne, Paris, Marie Lebert mentions Project Runeberg (section 7.2). Text available in English and French.
21 Jan 1999 - Complex formats
Announcement of electronic facsimile editions (1,900 new facsimile pages) of three works of complex format, which Project Runeberg's editors quite don't know how to represent in HTML:
Erik Nyström, Biblisk ordbok för hemmet och skolan, a Biblic dictionary for home and school,
Svensk rikskalender 1908, an official yearbook, and
Svenska Familj-Journalen, a complete year (1869) of a monthly magazine.
17 Dec 1998 - Viktor Rydberg
17 December front page
Announcement of the electronic facsimile edition of the collected works by Viktor Rydberg, a total of 5,300 pages in 14 volumes. This announcement was made the day before the 170th anniversary of the author's birth.
10 Dec 1998 - Americana
Announcement of electronic facsimile editions of six books pertaining to America and Sweden's historic relation to America. These works are presented in Project Runeberg's Tema Americana.
7 Dec 1998 - Project Runeberg vs Rixlex
Historien om Projekt Runebergs arbete för att göra svenska lagtexter tillgängliga på Internet, med anledning av en promemoria från justitiedepartementet. (In Swedish only)
5 Dec 1998 - Cost of Electronic Facsimile Editions
Some preliminary results of the experiments this fall.
3 Dec 1998 - Wilhelm Tham
Historically interesting statistics in Beskrifning öfver Örebro län, 1849; Beskrifning öfver Westerås län, 1849; Beskrifning öfver Upsala län, 1850; Beskrifning öfver Stockholms län, 1850.
26 Nov 1998 - Zacharias Topelius
This year is the 180th anniversary of his birth and the 100th of his death. Project Runeberg presented 5000 pages of text from Blad ur min tänkebok, Fältskärns berättelser, Hertiginnan af Finland, Ljungars saga, Noveller, and Sånger.
19 Nov 1998 - History of Geography
Johan Fredrik Nyström, Geografiens och de geografiska upptäckternas historia, 414 pages, 1899.
12 Nov 1998 - Carl Fredrik Dahlgren
Carl Fredrik Dahlgren, Samlade skrifter, 1400 pages, 1875
5 Nov 1998 - Människan
Announcement of Wilhelm Leche, Människan. Hennes uppkomst och utveckling, 1909, an illustrated presentation of the origin and evolution of man.
4 Nov 1998 - Web Access Statistics
Just a few contemporary notes on Web Access Statistics.
29 Oct 1998 - Sjukmans Musiquen
Announcement of Johan Hemlich Roman, Sjukmans Musiquen, previously unpublished Swedish 18th century music in autograph facsimile and typeset music.
21 Oct 1998 - SBH
Announcement of Herman Hofberg, Svenskt biografiskt handlexikon, 2nd ed., 1906. This is a text image edition with 1400+ pages. A few of the 4,000+ articles are also presented in text.
15 Oct 1998 - Ringlekar, Strindberg, Wikningskommissionen
Project Runeberg reintroduces three existing text image (online facsimile) editions in a more readable format. They are Ringlekar på Skansen (folk songs with music), August Strindberg, Svenska öden och äfventyr, and Carl Henrik Wallberg, En kort historik öfver Wikningskommissionens tillkomst och utveckling.
7 Oct 1998 - Leijonmarck
Announcement of the publishing of Fredrik Leijonmarck, Jämförelse Emellan The Ställen af thet Nya Testamentet .... This electronic edition is interesting not primarily because of its contents, but because of its use of imaging technology.
1 Oct 1998 - Grundtvig, Palladius
Announcement of the publishing of two editions in Danish: N.F.S. Grundtvig, Salmer i utvalg, and Peder Palladius, En visitagsbog
24 Sep 1998 - Hertha
Announcement of the publishing of pioneer feminist novel Hertha by Fredrika Bremer.
Aug 1998 - E-pliktutredningen
A Swedish governmental report on legal deposit of electronic (online) documents, E-plikt - att säkra det elektroniska kulturarvet (SOU 1998:111) suggests to permanent the ongoing experiments to harvest, archive, and preserve all Swedish web pages for future research, as a complement to legal deposit of documents in fixed form (such as on paper and optical disks). Counting from the harvest in February 1998, there were 9.6 million files available on the Swedish parts of the Internet, half of which were in text/html format. At the same time, Project Runeberg had 15,000 HTML files, constituting 0.3 % of our nation's web contents.
Jun 1998 - Nya vägar för boken / New Book Economy
In his inventory of the Swedish electronic book market as of mid 1998, Erik Peurell notes that Project Runeberg is based on the highest possible technological competence. His report is part of the Swedish contribution to the 2nd round ("bis", 1998-2000) of the "New Book Economy" project, funded by the European Social Fund - Community initiative ADAPT.
1 Apr 1998 - April 1st front page
This year's April joke described how Project Runeberg was subject to take-over by the Swedish Cooperative Union.
6 Feb 1998 - DELS-seminarium
Projektledare Lars Aronsson berättar om Projekt Runeberg på De litterära sällskapens samarbetsnämnds (DELS) seminarium, Stockholms universitet.
21 Dec 1997 - Christmas 1997 Front Page
At the same time celebrating 5 years on the Internet.
15 Dec 1997 - ABM-dagen
Projektledare Lars Aronsson berättade om Projekt Runeberg på ABM-dagen (Arkiv, Bibliotek, Museer) på Kungliga Biblioteket i Stockholm.
14 Dec 1997 - Svenskt nyhetsbrev 14 dec 1997
Swedish newsletter, providing some statistics.
Oct 1997 - Boken i tiden
A Swedish governmental report, Boken i tiden (SOU 1997:141) is concerned with the opportunities and threats for the future of the book business posed by the rapid development of information technology.
Sep 1997 - Fall 1997 Front Page
Featuring female writers
28 Apr 1997 - System 1997
Two editors of Project Runeberg volunteer to act as customers for an undergraduate computer science course, ordering a new search system for Project Runeberg from a group of students. The requirement specification was approved on 28 April 1997, and development began. After it was installed in the summer of 1997, the new search system is still in use more than a year later. The full system documentation is available online (in Swedish only).
1 Apr 1997 - April 1st, 1997 Front Page
Suddenly the copyright term was extended to the lifetime of an author plus 120 years. What a surprise! Project Runeberg on this day decided to give up the traditional literature and authors and instead publish texts that were made up by a computer program. Some of our readers recalled our 1995 April fools' joke (above).
Mar 1997 - March 1997 Front Page
"Välkommen till 1800-talet!" -- Welcome back to the 19th century! Project Runeberg can be a source of historic insight.
Jan 1997 - IT i kulturens tjänst
A Swedish governmental report, IT i kulturens tjänst (SOU 1997:14) suggests the establishment of Culture Net Sweden, and gives a good overview of the state of information technology use in various Swedish cultural institutions.
Dec 1996 - December 1996 Front Page
Bellman, Fröding, Ibsen are classic Nordic authors featured together with Hasse Bredenberg's beautiful Christmas postcards. New front page design with the new "black block" logotype (designed by Leif Nixon) to the left.
1 Oct 1996 - Information till Lysators medlemmar
Information in Swedish about Project Runeberg, written for Lysator's members.
Sep 1996 - September 1996 Front Page
"Öppna riksdagen!" -- Time to open the Swedish parliament by publishing their texts on the Internet. Swedish law texts (Svensk Författningssamling) still hide in a telnet-based database from old ages, but Project Runeberg presents them in HTML. Last front page with the old "punch card" logotype.
Jul 1996 - July 1996 Front Page
What are you doing this summer? Why not help Project Runeberg?
May 1996 - May 1996 Front Page
Poesi on line 96 and Hans-Eric Hellberg's Kram were our new electronic editions. The big news: Project Runeberg moves indoors, as we started to use our new editor's office at Linköping University Library.
Apr 1996 - April 1996 Front Page
Announcing the Bible being complete and Lysator being nominated to the Swedish Web Championships. First runner up in the non-commercial class is not too bad.
This all made us publish some not-so-modest Facts and Statements.
Mar 1996 - Complete at last!
After more than two years of hard work, Project Runeberg's electronic edition of the Swedish Bible of 1917 is now complete!
Feb 1996 - February 1996 Front Page
Having seen the Christmas greetings all through January, it was time for some change. This time telling the world about using Project Runeberg at school.
Feb 1996 - More to Read about Project Runeberg
This timeline page and a page on media coverage are set up, first in reverse order, but soon changed to natural order.
25 Jan 1996 - Free Web Space for Literary Societies!
As part of the index of Nordic Authors, Project Runeberg offers to publish information about literary societies pertaining to Nordic authors and artists.
Dec 1995 - Christmas 1995 Front Page
Dec 1995 - Did Karlfeldt Make it into Cyberspace?
The gates of cyberspace were about to close for another 20 years. In the last six weeks of 1995, Project Runeberg produced no less than 30 new electronic editions of Swedish authors who died in the interval 1926 - 1944. They would be covered by copyright unless we publish before the end of the year. Yes, Karlfeldt did make it into cyberspace. We have digitized almost all of his poetry.
28 Oct 1995 - Böcker är IT.
This brief text was distributed at the book fair "Bok- och biblioteksmässan" in Gothenburg (in Swedish only)
16 Oct 1995 - Letter to Swedish Parliament
We sent this letter to the Law Committee (lagutskottet) of the Swedish parliament, asking them to change the transitory rules of the proposed new copyright law. (in Swedish only)
Jun 1995 - Proposed New Swedish Copyright Law
The new law proposal makes us hurry to publish Selma Lagerlöf's Mårbackablomster. Public Domain authors who died in 1926-1944 could be brought back under copyright protection! The proposal is stalling in parliament.
Jun 1995 - Converting our Texts to HTML
Svensk lag, Olavus Petri, Gösta Berlings saga, Karlfeldt, Boye
Apr 1995 - April Fools
Project Runeberg's announcement proves that intellectuals are just as easy to kid as anybody.
Mar 1995 - Contributions Wanted
A promotional text in Swedish. This year, everybody on the web is doing funny versions of the <hr> tag for horizontal rulers, so why shouldn't we?
Oct 1994 - Bilder ur Nordens Flora
90 years earlier, this color illustrated book of flowers was a revolution in biology teaching. It immediately becomes one of Project Runeberg's most popular titles. Electronic edition by Johan Tufvesson.
Aug 1994 - Auto-Generated Catalog
Since the start, the catalog of our published texts had been maintained by hand. From now on, the work is left to the one who does it best - the computer.
Jul 1994 - Nordisk Familjebok, Hermes-kalendern 1934
24 May 1994 - Estonian Front Page
Under the far too ambitious slogan Project Runeberg speaks your language, parallel front pages were maintained in English, Svenska, Dansk, Norsk, Íslenska, Suomea, and now also in Eesti.
May 1994 - Information Leaflet (in Swedish)
Also published Ordförklaringar (dictionary) to the 1917 Swedish Bible.
18 Mar 1993 - First Media Attention
An article in Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat is the first ever media coverage of Project Runeberg.
6 Mar 1993 - First Announcement, Mailing List Created
In Usenet newsgroup soc.culture.nordic, the first public message outside Lysator tells the world about Project Runeberg. The amount of response sparks the creation of the Project Runeberg electronic mailing list.
Feb 1993 - Start of Web Service at Lysator
Per Hedbor of Lysator starts Sweden's first World Wide Web server, and soon starts to write his own webserver software. www.lysator.liu.se is born. Project Runeberg does not immediately transition to the web from Gopher.
17 Dec 1992 - First non-local access
Project Runeberg's Gopher menu is accessed from the host basun.umdc.umu.se. This is the first access from outside Linköping.
13 Dec 1992 - Start of Project Runeberg
Lars Aronsson collects some existing datafiles with poems by Viktor Rydberg and Erik Stagnelius under a menu called "Project Runeberg" in Lysator's Gopher server. The idea to start a project like this has been around for almost a year. The inspiration comes from Project Gutenberg, USA. The first files to be retrieved from the new "Projekt Runeberg" menu of Lysator's Gopher server at 8:10 PM on December 13, 1992, are the first verses of Fänrik Ståls sägner. This time counts as the start of the project. The next two editions to be accessed are Nordic Words (at 8:11 PM) and Bibeln (at 8:38 PM).
Aug 1992 - Lysator's Gopher well received
An historic piece of e-mail
Jun 1992 - Start of Gopher Service at Lysator
The 1992 Nordic University Computer Clubs' Conference (NUCCC) is hosted by Lysator in Linköping. At the final session it is decided that all clubs should start Internet information services to display their activites towards each other. Lars Aronsson maintains Lysator's Gopher server and tries to figure out how to fill the menus with interesting information.
Jul 1991 - Swedish Bible Typing Starts
In LysKOM, Linus Tolke makes the announcement that he has started to digitize (keyboard entry) the text of the Swedish Bible of 1917. Per Cederqvist later heads this activity in 1993 and 1994 as a part of Project Runeberg.

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