The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1105  Sunday, 24 December 2006

From: 		Martin Mueller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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 
WordHoard (http://wordhoard.northwestern.edu).

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.

Martin Mueller
Professor of English and Classics
Northwestern University

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