The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 30.020  Thursday, 17 January 2019


From:        Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         January 16, 2019 at 11:23:09 AM EST

Subject:    Folger Shakespeare Library - Digital Asset Platform


The Folger Shakespeare Library has released a new way to explore the entire Library Collection: Miranda, a Digital Asset Platform.



What is Miranda?


Miranda helps you discover something new to see, hear, and learn from the world of the Folger Shakespeare Library.


Whether you’re doing research or searching for something fun, Miranda can help you find what you’re looking for.


Miranda holds images, videos, podcasts, and datasets for you to explore. Miranda also holds library records for the thousands of objects in the Folger’s collections that are not yet digitized, giving you rich and detailed information about what you can’t see online.


Miranda helps you save and organize what you find on My Shelf. And with the items in our collection, Miranda shares insights on Shakespeare, the world he lived in, and the legacy he left behind.



The Miranda Digital Asset Platform


The Folger is building a new digital home for its collections.


In September 2017, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to Amherst College, for the benefit of the Folger Shakespeare Library, to build a full digital asset platform. This platform, called Miranda, will be the primary foundation for the Folger's future digital projects. 


Miranda is currently in beta at At the project's conclusion by the end of 2019, Miranda will contain virtually all of the Folger’s publicly available digital assets, which range from various kinds of texts to images, videos, audio recordings, and databases. Going far beyond a simple repository for digital materials, the platform will also host digital exhibitions, publications, and software applications.


Miranda will foster new collaborative possiblities with cultural institutions around the world that have complementary collections. This will enable the Folger to acquire, catalog, and share digital resources — born within the Folger, or elsewhere — which might otherwise be lost or unavailable to the public. This generous grant follows on an earlier award from the Mellon Foundation in September 2016, which provided funding for the platform prototype. 


How is the platform built? 


Miranda is made up of three components:

  • A web interface that allows users to explore, discover, and view content.
  • A set of API services that allow developers to search and interact with our data. There is an Elasticsearch API that allows for complex searching and filtering of platform data, a GraphQL API for utilizing and consuming DAP content, and a content-type validation microservice that lets developers know the type and structure of different kinds of content stored in the DAP.
  • A centralized repository for all of the Folger's assets. This repository is designed to handle all sorts of assets, and allow for the use of different kinds of storage options.

When will Miranda be available?


Right now! Miranda is currently available in beta at There's a lot to see, read, hear, watch, and explore, and there is more on the way. We will continue to improve the platform and add to its contents through the next and final phase of the Mellon-funded project.


Who can use it?


Miranda will be free and publicly available for anyone to use. 


Where can I find the technical documentation for the prototype?


Visit our developer portal for the platform's technical documentation, which will be expanded and updated as Miranda grows.




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