The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1359 Tuesday, 29 June 2004
Date: Monday, 28 Jun 2004 15:20:09 -0400
Subject: Selection Services Query
I've been thinking about implementing a recommendation service at Poor
Yorick to help teachers and researchers make informed decisions about
the films, books or spoken word titles they purchase from us. I'm in
the process of creating a basic form which will help customers identify
their needs. The form would then be sent to us (mailed, faxed, sent
electronically), where staff would be able to evaluate the customers
needs and make recommendations for titles based on those needs. I like
the idea of doing this individually better than creating an automated
recommendation system like on Amazon, mostly because I think it offers a
better opportunity to address actual parameters, rather than allowing a
program to second guess.
At the moment, it looks like there will be two forms, one for teachers
and another for researchers. The form will ask basic questions such as
grade level, class level (beginner to advanced), areas of possible
concern (such as nudity, violence or sexuality, which may not be
appropriate in some educational settings), and preferences for
modernized, staged, or traditional versions.
I would be very interested to know what problems or questions you all
face when trying to chose a Shakespeare film, whether it be for class or
for your own research or even for your own pleasure. What sort of
criteria do you base your decision on? What sort of information would
help you more, but which you find lacking?
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