[open-humanities] More (technical) details about RSC's 'My Shakespeare'

James Harriman-Smith open-shakespeare at okfn.org
Tue Feb 28 12:55:13 UTC 2012


Just got these details out of the RSC ('Bureau' refers to their
in-house programming team). What do people think? I note that there is
no Facebook integration, no filtering (the #shakespeare), and I'm not
sure how we could make use of their API. They promise a more detailed
wiki soonish.


------------------- RSC:

Here is a brief description of the API which Bureau intends to
construct to allow access to our MyShakespeare dataset.

Date-range: previous day/week/month

Publisher: Twitter/eBay/Flickr/all

Search term: specific term/all terms

Access to the api is through URLs which will have a structure like this:


The api will return an rss file.RSS files are the chosen format as
they work with widget builders and yahoo pipes.

Technically the files are pre-generated every night and uploaded to
amazon. This ensures that the api load will not influence the
performance of the main site and also scales in terms of access.

James Harriman-Smith
Open Literature Working Group Coordinator
Open Knowledge Foundation
Skype: james.harriman.smith

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