Our Culture & Mission
Textkit was built to help learners of Ancient Greek and Latin. We are a world-wide community which values an online educational environment built upon helpfulness and good cheer. Our Mission is to build entirely free tools and content and blend our creations across Internet technologies in order to help learners meet their difficult goals. To this aim, our specific goals are:
- To develop learning tools and material designed for learners of Ancient Greek and Latin.
- To build and nurture safe and helpful online communities and networks where beginning learners of Ancient Greek and Latin can meet, seek assistance and learn together.
- To provide all of our content, tools, and data-sets absolutely free of charge and release our tools and content under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License that is designed to further encourage creativity and sharing of our data in different forms
Manifestations of our mission include our language forum, digital textkbook library, source images archive, vocabulary data-sets, and donations of book images to external projects such as Project Gutenberg.
History of Textkit
Textkit has been built and funded through volunteer time, private donations and advertising. Textkit went online in late 2001. Since that time, we have distributed millions of Greek and Latin education books via PDF download world wide and developed a vibrant and helpful Ancient Greek and Latin language education forum.
The story of Textkit has its beginning inn 1994 while Textkit founder Jeff Tirey was studing Greek Prose Composition at Miami University under Dr. Jack Dutra. Students of the class joked that the composition book, which was North and Hillard’s Greek Prose Composition, should be photo copied and passed about rather than purchased new at the university bookstore since the book was in public domain. The idea for Textkit was born.
Textkit development began in 1999/2000 and was privately funded by Mr. Tirey. The first project acquisition was a $4,000 production scanner for the purpose of digitizing United States public domain textbooks. Textkit received file hosting support through Miami University’s Classics Department on the Montgomery Server which was a part of the Interactive Language Resource Center. In 2003, after server costs had come down in the private market, Textkit moved to a dedicated server and hosting costs were supported through private donations and affiliate advertising.
From the period of 2000 through 2007 Textkit developed its digital library. Textkit’s digital library was created through the purchase of public domain books. Books were also digitized from book donations and mailed in photocopies from Textkit supporters.
Unlike now, in 2000 when Textkit began scanning books, Greek and Latin textbooks were almost impossible to find online and none were available for full and free download as a digital scan. Since that time, and with the rise of Google Books and other digitizing efforts, there is now a large corpus of electronic material available for free download on the Internet today. After having scanned and digitized over 180 textbooks the goal of digitized books is now complete. With digitizing complete, the physical books purchased by Textkit are now available for purchase at the Textkit Store which is a temporary store built to liquidate the book inventory.
Textkit’s Future Direction
Textkit’s current attention has been directed towards the development of both web based learning tools, such as quiz engines and data-sets.