The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1105 Sunday, 24 December 2006
Date: Friday, 22 Dec 2006 11:44:07 -0600
Subject: The Shepheardes Calendar in WordHoard
Since readers of Shakespeare sometimes read Spenser as well, may I draw
attention to the fact that The Shepheardes Calendar has been added to
This text with its odd combination of an aggressively rustic diction and
an aggressively learned set of marginal notes by the mysterious EK
offers a good example of the annotation capabilities of WordHoard. In
this instance annotations that were part of the original text are
displayed in an annotation panel in the same field of vision as the text
The annotation panel that supports the display of pre-existing
annotation can also be used for user contributed annotations. We have
prototypes of WordHoard with user annotation working at Northwestern. I
have used it in several classes as the basis for assignments where
students were asked to make close observations about word usage and
report their findings as annotations to the text. Some excellent student
work has resulted from this approach, and it offers a very easy way for
students to look at each other's work in the immediately relevant context.
Developing a robust framework for user annotation with the appropriate
security and permissions regime is high on our agenda. In the meantime,
we would like to hear from people who might be interested in this
capability, and I think we can support--and would learn from-- some
classroom experiments at other institutions.
I will be delighted to provide more information.
Professor of English and Classics
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