The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0076 Sunday, 10 February 2008
Date: Saturday, 9 Feb 2008 09:59:02 -0500
Subject: Shakespeare's Global Globe-- Web Visualization of Global
Shakespeare Readership Goes Online
I am pleased to announce the launch of a new website -- Shakespeare's
Global Globe (www.orbismundi.org) -- that provides an instantaneous
visualization of all self-reporting readers of Shakespeare's plays on
the planet, viewable by region, genre and play. Upon arrival at the
site, visitors are asked to indicate which Shakespeare play they are
currently reading and where they are on the planet. The site then
locates that reader and play at a particular point on the globe, which
remains illuminated for two weeks. Site visitors can also explore what
other readers of Shakespeare are doing in different cities, regions or
continents using a range of display options.
The site was designed to explore regional reading habits in an informal
way, with an emphasis on ease of use and intelligibility. It can be
accessed from any location where there is an internet connection, and
the map of global readers is constantly updated, so users can see new
readers appearing on the map in realtime.
Please do take time to visit the site and, of course, if you are reading
a Shakespeare play at the moment, please go ahead and place a digital
Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be
interested in this resource.
Dr. Michael Witmore
Assoc. Prof. of English, Carnegie Mellon
Creator, Shakespeare's Global Globe (www.orbismundi.org)
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