[open-humanities] Open Shakespeare Paper

Jonathan Gray j.gray at cantab.net
Fri Mar 9 16:45:59 UTC 2012

James: this looks excellent.

I would include mention of the interpretation of Shakespeare, and what
these different systems could (and perhaps also what they couldn't)
contribute to Shakespeare scholarship.


On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 7:34 AM, James Harriman-Smith
<open-shakespeare at okfn.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've just finished a short draft proposal for an article on Open
> Shakespeare. I intend to submit it to an upcoming Shakespeare Yearbook
> issue on digital Shakespeares, and it can be no longer than 200 words.
> Any feedback would be very welcome. (particularly, @Jonathan - do you
> have any tips for getting this kind of article accepted?)
> -------
> ***The Evolution of Shakespeare Texts Online: Readers and Users***
> In 1999, Darcy Dinucci announced the “first glimmerings of Web
> 2.0”.[1] Now, at a time when the internet is more  than ever what Tim
> Berners-Lee called the “Read/Write Web”, this paper asks how this
> broad shift in conceptions of the online medium has effected the
> presentation of Shakespeare’s texts in particular.[2]
> An analysis of four websites – Project Gutenberg (1971), the Internet
> Shakespeare Editions (ISE, 1999), Open Source Shakespeare (2003),  and
> Open Shakespeare (2007)– will form the backbone of my discussion.[3]
> To Project Gutenberg’s public domain texts, Open Source Shakespeare
> adds a concordance and other means with which the user can manipulate
> the work; like Gutenberg, the ISE project provides texts, but goes
> further with the addition of reputable, peer-reviewed annotations;
> like the ISE, Open Shakespeare also includes annotations, but these
> can be contributed by anyone, identifiably or anonymously.
> In each case, and with relation to questions of copyright, textual
> reliability, service usability, trustworthiness and more, I intend to
> show the limits and advantages of these online editions of
> Shakespeare. Beyond this, I will ask to what extent visitors to these
> websites are best characterised as users or readers; in other words,
> to what extent does the activity of reading still structure such
> online experience of Shakespeare’s texts?
> -------
> The original call for contributions here:
> http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/open-humanities/2012-February/000277.html
> Have a good weekend,
> James
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Jonathan Gray

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