[Humanist] 27.367 digital challenge: New Variorum Shakespeare
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 367.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:22:47 -0400
From: Kathleen Fitzpatrick <kfitz47 at gmail.com>
Subject: The New Variorum Shakespeare Digital Challenge: The Second Round
The MLA Committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (NVS) is
sponsoring its second digital challenge to find the most innovative and
compelling uses of the data contained in one of the NVS editions. This year
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 3.0
license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ .
Scholars can freely download the XML files and schema from GitHub:
The committee seeks entries featuring new means of displaying,
representing, and exploring this data in the most exciting API, interface,
visualization, or data-mining project. It is especially interested in
entries that combine the NVS data with another Shakespearian project, such
as Folger Digital Texts, Internet Shakespeare Editions, or Open Source
Shakespeare. The goal is to see the possibilities of the NVS in digital
form and, in particular, the innovations in scholarly research that might
be enabled by opening up the NVS’s code. Projects will thus be judged both
on the quality of the interface they provide for the NVS and on the
insights produced by the mash-up.
The deadline for entries is 1 August 2014. The committee will assess the
submissions and select the winner no later than 15 September 2014. The
prize of $500 and an award certificate will be given at the 2015 MLA
convention in Vancouver.
Entries may be sent to nvs at mla.org. For more information about the NVS
Digital Challenge, please see http://www.mla.org/nvs_challenge. Questions
should be addressed to Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly
communication, at kfitzpatrick at mla.org.
For more information about our partner projects, please contact Michael
Best (mbest1 at uvic.ca), of Internet Shakespeare Editions, or Eric Johnson (
eric.johnson at folger.edu), of Open Source Shakespeare and Folger Digital
Please note that our partners are available to answer questions about the
resources, not to provide technical support.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick // Director of Scholarly Communication
Modern Language Association // mla.org // @kfitz
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