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

Laura James laura.james at okfn.org
Sat Feb 25 06:26:34 UTC 2012

My interpretation is quite different to Jonathan's - I see no
reference to source texts, just to the social media stream referring
to Shakespeare (and then visualising/analysing this stream, etc).  But
perhaps source texts are something they would like to pull in as an
extra :) (or not - this sort of project is usually on a cripplingly
low budget)

Open Shakespeare should definitely do a feature article for the site.



Dr Laura James
Foundation Coordinator, Open Knowledge Foundation


On 24 February 2012 20:18, Jonathan Gray <j.gray at cantab.net> wrote:
> 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?
> J.
> 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
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