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Will’s World online hack survey results: Your Views!

Over the last three weeks we have been drumming up interest for our idea of an online hack event. This twist on the traditional “in person” format has exciting potential to be more flexible and make great use of social media. It seemed like a very attractive idea to us but, we wondered, what did you think? We drew up a short survey (15 questions) to capture your views, feedback and any experiences that...

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...

Online Hack Event

Our Will’s World project is soon coming to an end. While we are busy populating the Shakespeare Registry with great data, we are keen to put this wonderful resource to good use. How can we achieve this in an unusual and fun way? How about an online hack event! The idea first came to us as we began planning a traditional hack event – something in person, overnight, possibly featuring pizza. As we started...

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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