[Socrates] Hack Shakespeare: deadline Aug 1, 2016

Eva Fernandez Eva.Fernandez at qc.cuny.edu
Sun Dec 6 14:24:49 EST 2015

Greetings, colleagues:

Please spread the word among your students and colleagues about the MLA's most recent digital challenge, seeking innovative uses of two of Shakespeare's works.  Scroll down for a brief announcement or point your browser to this website for all the details:




The MLA Committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (NVS) is sponsoring its third digital challenge to find the most innovative and compelling uses of the data contained in one of the NVS editions. The MLA is making available the XML files and schema for two volumes, The Winter's Tale and The Comedy of Errors, under a Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license.

Entries may be in code, but contestants are encouraged to create wireframes that visualize the various uses of the XML files and serve as schemata for programmers. Each entry should provide a visual and written rationale that demonstrates rigorous scholarly and theoretical reflection.

The goal is to see the possibilities of the NVS in digital form and, in particular, the innovations in scholarly research, teaching, or acting and directing that opening up the NVS's code might enable. Projects will thus be judged on the quality of the interface they provide for the NVS and on the insights produced by the mash-up. The committee is especially interested in entries that combine the NVS data with another Shakespearean project, such as Folger Digital Texts, Internet Shakespeare Editions, or Open Source Shakespeare.

The deadline for entries is 1 August 2016. The committee will assess the submissions and select the winner no later than 15 September 2016. The prize of $500 and an award certificate will be given at the 2017 MLA convention in Philadelphia.


Eva M. Fernández
Acting Assistant Provost
Queens College, City University of New York

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