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More Text Up from Shakespeare’s Entry in Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition

Open Knowledge Foundation - 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:

Open Shakespeare / Milton Mini Hackathon and Planning Session

Open Knowledge Foundation - 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:

First Text Up from Shakespeare’s Entry in 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica

Open Knowledge Foundation - 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.

Switch from Kid to Genshi for templating in the Web Interface

Open Knowledge Foundation - 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.

Does an ‘open’ scan of a shakespeare folio exist?

Open Knowledge Foundation - 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:

©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.