June 1, 2008 in Uncategorized
Another 3 pages (4600 words) are up from the EB 11 Entry on Shakespeare covering most of Shakespeare’s plays in chronological order. Current material can be found on:
Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition page
Source version (plain text in subversion) can be found at:
April 20, 2008 in Uncategorized
After a fairly quiet period over the last 6 months development will be hotting up again thanks to discussion at Open Knowledge 2008 and the involvement of Iain Emsley (who will be focusing especially on a sister Milton project). To kick this off we’re planning a mini-hackathon:
- Wiki page: (sign up here) http://www.okfn.org/wiki/MiniEvents
- When: Saturday 26th of April. Start at 1400 and run until ~ 1900
- How long: Whatever time you can spare. Be it an hour or the whole afternoon.
- How to join in: log in to the irc channel, announce yourself, and then just crack on with one of the work items (see below)
- irc channel: #okfn on irc.oftc.net
- What: plan and work on Open Shakespeare / Milton
October 13, 2007 in Uncategorized
We’ve completed the proofing and correcting of the first 5 pages of Shakespeare’s Entry from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica. This is quite a bit of material (those EB pages are big) and includes full biography and a listing of plays. We’re posting this material on this site on Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition page and will add to it as more material gets processed.
November 4, 2006 in Uncategorized
Today we made the switch from kid to genshi as our templating toolkit in the web interface. Kid has served us well but there are some issues with debugging and including input that can’t be guaranteed to be well-formed. Genshi, as a direct derivative of Kid, delivers very similar syntax but is both simpler and a little more flexible to use.
October 15, 2006 in Uncategorized
We’d really like to have some nice images of a shakespeare first folio (if possible from Hamlet) for use in the Open Shakespeare project. However all the scanned copies we’ve managed to find seem to be under full ‘all rights reserved’ copyright.
For example there’s an online version from the Schoenberg Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image at the University of Pennsylvania. But checking the printable version one finds the following:
Â©2003 Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image
University of Pennsylvania Library.
And this isn’t exceptional. There’s a list of available online folios on:
All of the copies listed are closed (copyrighted with no open license) — with most not allowing for any types of use without permission (the only exception being the State Library of New South Wales which allows for “educational, non-profit, purposes”).
It’s a rather unfortunate situation and it would be great to know if there is a scan of a shakespeare first folio out there which truly is open.