[open-humanities] RSC's 'My Shakespeare' - open source with Open Shakespeare overlap

Jonathan Gray j.gray at cantab.net
Fri Feb 24 20:18:15 UTC 2012

This sounds very interesting indeed. It could be really interesting to
discuss what technology they are using for the text of Shakespeare's
plays - to see whether they have developer this and whether there
might be any synergies with TEXTUS. In particular it would be really
interesting to see whether they could use this in their system - to
linke fine grained chunks of text to blog posts, tweets, articles and
other Shakespeare related activity to!

What do you think?


On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM, James Harriman-Smith
<open-shakespeare at okfn.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I got this email from Royal Shakespeare Company the other day. It's rather
> long, so here are the essential points:
> - The RSC is creating "a place to imagine the world of Shakespeare through a
> C21st lens", an online aggregator of anything to do with Shakespeare on
> twitter, fbook, blogs, etc.
> - They have contributing blog authors, artists, and data visualisations (See
> attachment)
> - It will launch in April 2012, and the source code will be made available
> - Updates here:
> http://www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk/projects/my-shakespeare.aspx
> Sounds interesting. Does anyone have any particular areas they'd like to
> collaborate on?
> James
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Sarah Ellis <sarah.ellis at rsc.org.uk>
> Date: 21 February 2012 21:28
> Subject: My Shakespeare [Scanned]
> To: open-shakespeare at okfn.org
> Hi there
> I hope you don’t mind me contacting you.  I’m working on an online project
> called My Shakespeare for the Royal Shakespeare Company which will be part
> of the World Shakespeare Festival launching this April.  I’m getting in
> touch as I would very much like to see if you’d be interested in the project
> with the possibility of contributing and linking up with Open Shakespeare
> which is a fantastic site. I hope that’s OK.
> My Shakespeare is an invitation for international audiences, programmers and
> artists to create a global conversation about Shakespeare online.  The
> project has been created in response to the amount of user generated content
> already existing online with an aim to find meaning, new ways of visualising
> data and interpretation.  We are creating a site that will search for pulses
> of Shakespeare online which will be achieved through the searching the
> channels, twitter, flickr, ebay and google.  It will find the heartbeat of
> Shakespeare online and share those findings on a timeline.  The site will
> ask questions, share findings and be a place to imagine the world of
> Shakespeare through a C21st lens.
> The site will be punctuated by a series of articles and contributions from
> key thinkers, artists and collaborators that will respond to the site itself
> and broader topics and themes relating to each contributor.  We will also
> commission artists from around the work to create new work in response to
> the site which will appear on the site.
> The structure of the site will be as follows:
> Blog – This section will be for critical thinkers and commentators who would
> provoke further meaning and discussion around Shakespeare and other topics.
> Main site – dynamic interface showing words which will move around the
> screen that you can click on in order to explore the site, once you click on
> a word you will go on a user journey experience and receive a visualisation
> that shows your word appearing online over a period of time – 1 month, 1
> week, 1 day and 1 hour.  There will be a live twitter stream on the site and
> you may have a tweet with your word or a flickr image and you’ll be able to
> see it on the timeline.  This site will be as dynamic and playful as
> possible.
> Visualisations – a dynamic clickable slide show of data visualisations
> created by BVA and 3rd party programmers – you will be able to share these
> visualisations with your social media networks.  We hope to create as many
> as possible and explore possible stories and narratives.
> Artist commissions – we will commission artists to respond to the site and
> they will have an option of working with our technologists Bureau of Visual
> Affairs.  This will mean that they can be exploratory online if they wish or
> create work which is live and that is documented on the My Shakespeare site.
> Wiki for 3rd party programmers – BVA have generously opened up their site to
> invite 3rd party programmers to play with the data they collect through –
> twitter, ebay and flickr.  They will create a wiki which 3rd party
> programmers can use to source the data in order to create their own
> visualisations. These have the capacity to look very different to the BVA
> visualisations.
> Social Media - There will be a live twitter feed sharing the new
> visualisations as they happen which will link to the RSC facebook page.
> Audiences will share and we will share with them what we find interesting –
> we will invite them to share the links in different ways for example, the
> ones they like most.  Programmers will also enjoy connecting with our site
> and champion their work and share it out to their networks as well.
> I was wondering if you would be interested in meeting up and talking more
> about the project.  It would be wonderful if you were interested in
> contributing to the site and potentially writing an article or sharing a
> series of images or a video from your perspective and the work you're doing
> with Open Shakespeare.
> All the best and I look forward to hearing from you.
> Sarah
> --
> James Harriman-Smith
> Open Literature Working Group Coordinator
> Open Knowledge Foundation
> http://okfn.org/members/jameshs
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Jonathan Gray

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