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Day 4 of Will’s World Hack

The weekend has arrived and we are looking forward to an increased level of activity during this typical hack time. Will’s World is nearing the halfway mark but there is still plenty time left to build some wonderful and creative hacks. There is also plenty time left to join the hack. Like our latest participant who registered today, you too may have a good idea for a hack that you would like to explore with...

Register for the Will’s World Online Hack

The last week has been very exciting for the Will’s World team as we have been busy preparing for the Online Hack event taking place next week.  By the way, there are still a few days left to register if you fancy joining us! Taking the stage I made my YouTube stage debut in this video introducing the Will’s World project and the motivation behind the online format of the hackathon. My colleague Neil...

Mapping metadata to a common schema

One of the challenges in aggregating metadata is to unify the different schemata of the data sources, to make the data searchable through a single common schema. There are advantages to maintaining the original schema (field names) of each data source so that it can be searched in the same way that would have been possible in its original context (i.e. searching under the same field or fields). However this can...

SPARQL – What’s up with that?

The title of this post is intended to convey a touch of bewilderment through use of a phrase from the Cliff Clavin school of observational comedy. Linked data and SPARQL In the linked data world, SPARQL (SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language) is touted as the preferred method for querying structured RDF data. In recent years several high profile institutions have worked very hard to structure and transform their...

“I shall lose my life for want of language”: Shakespeare and digital formats

The Will’s World registry is intended to record three categories of data: Metadata about services Metadata harvested or contributed from those services Annotated plays The first will describe the services that are available, and will support searching for services that have specific features, and that produce particular types of data about aspects of Shakespeare’s work, history and contemporaries....

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