Will’s World is a JISC Discovery project in which EDINA aims to demonstrate the value and principles of aggregation as a tactic. The concept behind this project is that assembling online data sources relating to one topic will add value and improve the discoverability of these resources; making it easier for developers and service providers to build services and ultimately providing an easier access for all to the data itself and enriched content based on it.
Will’s World applies this concept to the world of William Shakespeare. Our project is designing, building and populating a Shakespeare Registry of metadata of digital resources relating to Shakespeare, covering anything from its work and live, to modern performance, interpretation or geographical and historical contextual information. The Royal Shakespeare Company is one the online resources contributing to Will’s World.
Development work to build the Registry has been on-going over the summer. We are now busy adding great data to the Shakespeare Registry and are keen to encourage some creative use of the data. Following our successful participation in the Culture Hack Scotland event in April, we are currently considering the organisation of an online hack event.
This twist on the traditional in person 24 hours format provides a lot of flexibility. There is no need to travel, no limits on number of participants or venue size, participants can schedule their participation around their other commitments and used their familiar setup. Ensuring excellent communication will be key and the use of social media technologies will help us achieve this.
Do you think it is a good idea? Do you have previous experience of similar events to share? How can we support participants? Take part in our survey and tell us your opinions.
Feedback so far has been very supportive, see our post Can one desire too much of a good thing? We are now hoping to go ahead with organising this event in early December. Put it in your diary and get in touch if you want to be involved!