Press Release for Developer Community
Recently, American Bible Society coordinated efforts between their API.BIBLE service and their Registry managing the .BIBLE gTLD (generic top-level domain) to make the free Scripture API from API.BIBLE available without the limits to any service calling from a .BIBLE domain name for non-commercial use.
Making the Scriptures readily available on your website or in the app you’re building requires two parallel efforts. First is what version(s) of the Bible do you want to make available, and getting permission or rights to use those versions from the publisher. The second is how to technically gain access to the text in a way that is fast, scalable, and does not require future updating.
While publishers need to be compensated for the use of the text so they can continue to afford to make it available and distribute it, they are usually open to organizations using the text at no cost on websites or in products when it’s for non-commercial use - when they’re not just trying to make money or grow their own business. This usually requires a conversation with the publisher(s) to discuss what you’re using the Bible text for, and what your goals are for the website or product you’re using the Bible text on.
Once you have been granted permission to use the text, there is the question of access to it on the backend of your website or product. Where to pull the text from, how much text can be pulled at once, how often text can be pulled, and balancing that with caching to increase performance. This backend integration is usually done by connecting to an API for the text, and that creates an external dependency that you want to make sure will be reliable and scalable.
Of course, from the perspective of the Bible API provider, they need to protect against “bad actors” or “abusive users” who may deliberately (or ignorantly) send unnecessarily large volumes of calls to the API, and degrade the availability, reliability and stability of the API for everyone else. To account for this API providers place limits on how many calls can be made to the API from a single source or account, and how much data can be requested in a call. Unfortunately, there are legitimate reasons for higher call volumes from “good users” and these limits are inhibiting.
Lifting the limits for website and products making calls from .BIBLE domains to API.BIBLE removes this issue for anyone building their website or product using a .BIBLE domain name. This is because the acceptable use policy for anyone having a .BIBLE domain name requires a higher standard of them. This is exciting news for developers because now you can create a website or app with a Scripture API that is both reliable and scalable, and not be surprised down the road when your service takes off spreading the Bible globally.
Register a .BIBLE domain name today at www.get.bible, and start building something great, without limits.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already started become a part of our digital lifestyle today. AI will increasingly get smarter as machine learning gathers more data about human behavior. Just as it affects our individual lives, it will also affect relationships and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is presented and shared around the world.
Global Missional AI Summit will be the first gathering bringing mission workers and tech practitioners together around the topic of AI. This summit is scheduled for March 26-28, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand.
At the Global Missional AI Summit, participants will learn about missional uses of state-of-the-art AI including machine translation, computer vision, and dialog systems and will form crucial partnerships to advance the Gospel. The summit will explore AI-sized opportunities in missions with experts and attendees from around the world.
3 of the featured speakers at Global Missional AI Summit are:
For more information and to apply for an invite, visit missional.ai.
The OSIS Bible Tool's has a full library of resources—this article displays the library's content for your convenience to make it easier to browse and use. The library has many Bible versions in many languages, commentaries, daily devotionals, lexicons, and dictionaries. (Their website requires navigating a collapsible menu in the left sidebar.)
Lexicons / Dictionaries
OSIS (Open Scriptural Information Standard) is an XML standard for encoding Bibles and other biblical research texts, which enables ministries and other organizations to collaborate more easily. Traditionally, these organizations have stored their documents in disparate, proprietary markups, making it difficult when they wish to share in service with each other. OSIS provides a common markup for multiple visions. Developed in a collaboration with CrossWire Bible Society, the Society of Biblical Literature and American Bible Society.
According to this web page by a developer, Bible File Encoding for Bible Translators, Publishers, and Software Developers, here is more information about OSIS--
This is an XML format that results from an attempt to create a universally-accepted Scripture interchange format that could replace the others.
(editor's note: this blog post has been corrected. Previously, the post erroneously indicated that the Bible data sets could be downloaded in OSIS XML format.)
Are you thinking about building a new software, website, or app with the full text of the Bible? For a Bible app to be useful to a larger audience, having popular Bible versions accessible is essential for adoption and on-going Bible engagement.
Now there's an easy way to access many popular English Bible versions, whether they have copyrights or not. This is available now in the Digital Bible Library (DBL)!
DBL provides the convenience of accessing and licensing use of multiple Bible versions in one stop and accelerate software development by making the Bible text in a common format for scalability.
At the time of this post, these are the popular Bible versions that are available for use through the DBL:
Yes, you read that right. Look at all of these common acronyms of copyrighted Bible versions are available for your use in the DBL: CSB, CEV, ESV, GNT, NRSV, NASB, NIRV, NIV, NLT. Of course, the KJV is in there too.
Plus, the Bible is for all people and DBL has the potential to reach billions. With over 1300 unique languages in the DBL so far,
To learn more about how to use the Digital Bible Library, go to thedigitalbiblelibrary.org.
About the Digital Bible Library
The Digital Bible Library® (DBL) is an online digital asset and licensing management platform developed and maintained by the United Bible Societies.
DBL gathers, validates, and safeguards a large collection of quality, standardized, digital Scripture texts and publication assets, in hundreds of languages — all contributed by a growing number of partnering translation agencies.
DBL enables the secure licensing and distribution of these resources to approved internal or external ministry partners.
This will be the starting point. Let's start with these 10 most popular Bible versions mentioned on Twitter in 2010:
KJV is the King James Version and the text itself is in public domain. However, certain formats of packaging the data may be copyrighted. See the Bible download page here for freely available KJV Bible text.
ESV is the English Standard Version, copyrighted by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. According to their Permissions page, "Crossway allows you to access the ESV Bible text from our server and include it on your website or app, free of charge for non-commercial use. To learn more or register for the API, visit api.esv.org." For other usage, contact Crossway at crossway.org/permissions/digital/
NIV is the New International Version, with copyright held by Biblica, Inc. To obtain licensing information and permission to use for commercial or non-commercial purposes, contact the corresponding point of contact listed on the page, How do I license the NIV for additional use? Note there are different contacts for commercial use in the US and Canada; commercial use in the UK, EU and EFTA; and, non-commercial use.
The Message is a popular reading Bible translated by Eugene Peterson; its copyright holder is NavPress and they're represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. According to their Permissions Information page, "Permission to quote from THE MESSAGE in projects produced for sale may be accompanied by a fee. The amount of this fee is based on the percentage of the total text that is represented by quotes from THE MESSAGE as compared to the total amount of your text in the final product, the distribution of that material, and whether it is for commercial or non-commercial use. All fees are established to protect our copyrighted material." To obtain written permission, fill out the Permission Questionnaire. The more details you provide about your project, the quicker they can process your request. Allow 2-4 weeks for a response.
More to come...
[update 1/07/2019] See the next blog post in this series for the one place to get easy access to multiple Bible versions for software development. This is a huge time saver!
Hackathon.Bible received this idea recently, and if you can help, please add a comment to help a brother out. Thank you.
I have a suggestion for a hackathon project.
That person goes on to describe the problem:
Go to the web page for the Greek New Testament word for oil, elaion.
elaion: olive oil
Original Word: ἔλαιον, ου, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Phonetic Spelling: (el'-ah-yon)
Definition: olive oil
Usage: olive oil, oil.
As well as a definition, the occurrences of the word in the New Testament are listed. Great.
Also, there may possibly - not always - be a reference to the corresponding Hebrew word in the Old Testament:
Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 1637: ἔλαιον
ἔλαιον, ἐλαίου, τό (from Homer down), the Sept. chiefly for שֶׁמֶן, also for יִצְהָר; olive-oil: used for feeding lamps
Sept. is the abbreviation for Septuagint.
Now, try and look up the corresponding Hebrew words שֶׁמֶן, and also יִצְהָר; and the associated Old Testament Bible verses. It's difficult.
For those of us that live in a technology-saturated world, so many different things are vying for our attention. Smartphones have become the place where people spend more and more of their time, energy, and attention. One research found this:
The typical cellphone user touches his or her phone 2,617 time every day, according to a study by research firm Dscout. But that's just the average user: The study found that extreme cellphone users — meaning the top 10% — touch their phones more than 5,400 times daily.
At risk of stating the obvious, two of the biggest attention grabbers are entertainment and advertising. But, people are made for more than being mere consumers of content and products.
People are made in the image of God and have much more worth as the Bible describes the deeper truths about our human condition and the value of life.
How can the timeless truths of the Bible better engage more people in today's digital generations right there where they are?
At the upcoming Kingdom Code BUILD hackathon in London on October 19-20, 2018, Christian technologists and developers are tackling this challenge to increase Bible engagement in the 21st century--
This excerpt from the blog article titled, Helping to increase an appetite for the Bible, gives more context for this challenge--
One of the aims for Kingdom Code is to help Christians in the world of technology see how their skillset can be used for God’s Kingdom. BUILD, our annual hackathon, is a really important part of that.
On the weekend of October 21-23, 2016, Code for the Kingdom connected 12 cities around the world for a Global Hackathon that brought together hundreds of software developers, programmers, designers, creatives, and coders to work on over 30+ projects. One of the special moments was sharing in a group video chat with all 12 locations and to pray together in real-time!
The .BIBLE registry team (Pat Walker and DJ Chuang) was on-site at the Dallas location for this global hackathon and the .bible top-level domain was one of the sponsors for the entire global hackathon around the world to help raise awareness for this new digital neighborhood that seeks to be the trusted online source for all things Bible.
Among all the global hackathon projects posted at the devpost.com website, we were encouraged to see these projects related to the Bible:
Bible Chat- an accessible Alexa skill for people to discover the Bible
UBride automated Bible journal - An app with scripture in the local language and the ability to real time chat with Christians from their culture.
Scripture distribution for the Middle East - An app with scripture in the local language and the ability to real time chat with Christians from their culture
Gospelbot - A.I. that aims to spread the truth about Jesus' life, God's word, and what the gospel means for mankind.
Daily Liturgy - Chrome extension to easily access today's Daily Office and check the current Church calendar
Moses Rod 3D Bible Adventure Game Programming Tutorial - Expand the Existing Moses Rod 3D Game Programming Tutorial for Kids & Teens to include RPG Inventory & Quests
The mission of .BIBLE is to encourage Bible engagement, translation, innovation, and global partnerships so that all people may experience the life-changing message of the Bible. And our team is eager to see many of these projects go from development as a prototype into a publicly-launched website or app to help more people engage with the Scriptures.
When we learn of when these projects are launching, or other Bible website and apps getting launched, we'll be sure to spread the word via our .bible blog at get.bible/blog!
The .bible registry team was encouraged to see innovative project ideas getting developed at the San Francisco Bay area hackathon in September 2016. Among all the hackathon projects posted at the devpost.com website, 6 out of 15 projects were related to the Bible:
Echo Audio Bible http://devpost.com/software/alexa-audio-bible
WeChat Gospel Guide bot http://devpost.com/software/wechat-bible-bot
Treasured Word http://devpost.com/software/treasured-word
ReadScripture.org Chrome Extension http://devpost.com/software/readscripture-org-chrome-extension
Ocean's Deep Encounters http://devpost.com/software/ocean-s-deep-encounters-guided-christian-meditation-po27i3
This is one of the main reasons that .bible was launched, as stated in our mission statement: The mission of .BIBLE is to encourage Bible engagement, translation, innovation, and global partnerships so that all people may experience the life-changing message of the Bible.
And on this coming weekend, October 21-23, our .bible registry team will be at the Dallas location for the Code for the Kingdom global hackathon. With a total of 12 locations for this weekend's hackathon, we hope to see at least a dozen good Bible hackathon projects!
You can find an available .bible domain name at one of the accredited .bible registrars—get a domain name that ends in .bible that's memorable, meaningful, shorter, and available!
For the upcoming Code for the Kingdom hackathon, the .BIBLE Registry (operated by American Bible Society) will be awarding a .BIBLE domain name—with a value up to $10,000—to the winning Bible-related project.
The winner will be able to choose any available .bible domain name to be associated with the project. What's important is for the .BIBLE domain name to quickly convey the value of the project more than the market value of a domain name. By providing the opportunity to win a premium-priced .BIBLE domain name, the winner will choose from a larger number of available .BIBLE domain names.
You may notice that the retail price for .BIBLE domain names are higher than that of generic domain extensions like .com or .org. Just like .org domains are the trusted brand for nonprofits, .BIBLE domains are the trusted online source for all things Bible. Our higher price will help to defray the operating costs for managing the top-level domain and keeping it safe with content monitoring as well as encouraging .BIBLE domains to be actively used.
Some .BIBLE domain names have a premium price that were set by an independent third-party valuation process based on current market value. For more background, read this article, "Why Premium .BIBLE Domain Names Matter."
In other words, not all domain names are equal. For example, these are some premium domain name that a hackathon winner may choose from: 24.bible, abc.bible, devotions.bible, discussions.bible, interpreting.bible, personal.bible, qt.bible, topics.bible, use.bible, and many more.
You can check on the availability and retail price of any .BIBLE domain name at one of the accredited .BIBLE registrars.