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Call for Collaborators
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0710  Thursday, 3 August 2006

From: 		Peter S. Donaldson <
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Date: 		Thursday, 3 Aug 2006 06:19:53 -0400
Subject: 	Call for Collaborators

The MIT Shakespeare Project is requesting statements of interest in 
using its Cross Media Annotation System (XMAS), developed under the 
MIT-Microsoft iCampus Initiative.

XMAS offers a way of extending close analysis from text to film, using 
DVDs.  With a Shakespeare film in the DVD drive, one can

1. Rapidly create any number of precisely defined video segments 
(virtual, playable "clips").
2. Add comments to defined segments
3. Store these virtual clips and attached comments on our server or an 
XMAS server you set up for replay.

The basic clip-comment combination can be used for student 
presentations, on-line one to one tutorials, remote discussions of films 
and text, video enhanced homework and response.  Clips and comments can 
also be used as elements in the multimedia essays and on-line 
discussions with playable video which the system supports.

Because the DVDs used as a video source in XMAS are purchased for the 
purpose and there is no copying of video files, XMAS offers new ways to 
use the now vast list of Shakespeare DVDs without copyright issues. 
XMAS is a PC-only for the time being.

XMAS has now been used very successfully in the MIT Shakespeare and 
Shakespeare on Film courses and Hong Kong Cinema courses, as well as at 
a dozen other institutions, including extensive use at Vanderbilt and 
University of Hawai'i, Kapiolani.  Our newest collaboration is with the 
University of Queensland, Australia.

The ideal setting for use would be in Shakespeare or Shakespeare on film 
classes in a one week or longer period, at colleges and universities 
during the academic year 06-07, but XMAS can be used in any film course 
for which students will have access to DVDs.  We are interested in 
having the system used in different ways by Shakespeare teachers of all 
levels of technical comfort. In some cases we expect to be able to 
provide initial workshops at MIT or at partner institutions.  There is 
no charge for using XMAS.

If you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible.  A brief 
email is fine for now, but if you have questions or want to include 
details about your classes, what semester you might wish to participate, 
etc.  all the better!

Please contact Peter S. Donaldson at 
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