Electronic Editions in Action: JSTOR’s Understanding Hamlet

We talked a bit about metadata and XML markup back in Week 4, in particular in the lecture “Electronic Scholarly Editions and Digital Scholarly Editing.” We’ve also had some optional readings on metadata and XML, usually focusing specifically on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines for using XML to mark up texts, including this week’s “Electronic Textual Editing: Critical Editing in a Digital Horizon.”

I thought I would point out the Folger Shakespeare Library’s editions of Shakespeare, including both Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream we’re using for the Electronic Edition project are marked up using TEI. (In addition to reading the texts online, you can download them either in their XML markup format or as a PDF.)

And all of this is build up to this cool example of what you can do with digital texts once you’ve made them, especially if you use something like XML markup such as TEI. JSTOR, working with the Folger Shakespeare Library, has released an experimental version of the Folger’s digital text of Hamlet that has added to it links to JSTOR articles. Using various metadata information fro within their own system and the Folger’s text of Hamlet, JSTOR has gone through line by line and indicated the number of articles within the JSTOR database that specifically address that line of the play. What this means is that as you read Hamlet and at any line in the poem see all the JSTOR articles that address that line.

You can check it out here: http://labs.jstor.org/shakespeare/hamlet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *