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Shakespeare Data : A Look at The Shakespeare Standard’s New Feature

By August 11, 2014 No Comments

Greetings Everyone,

I hope that everyone’s weekend went extremely well.

As of now, many of The Shakespeare Standard’s patrons have seen the new tool that was launched today on the site known as Shakespeare’s Data. Shakespeare’s Data is tool that everyone can use to help deepen their understanding of Shakespeare and his characters. As the announcement says: “Shakespeare’s Data is a project with Silk, an incredibly agile system visualizing data from interlinked sets of information. Shakespeare’s Data is focused on information about Shakespeare’s plays, characters, and sonnets. Rather than being a full-text search, Shakespeare’s Data enables users to dig deep into information about the plays and characters.”

What does this mean for The Shakespeare Standard’s users? This  means that you can now look at each play and see all sorts of interesting information about each play. Here is a brief look at this tool:

Below is the screen that users of Shakespeare’s Data will get when they select All’s Well That End’s Well from the list of plays from the Shakespeare Data  page that connects to the Silk site:

All’s Well That Ends Well


Characters Role Summary

Gender Distribution of Characters

 The  landing  page of All’s Well That Ends Well shows a lot of information such as character role summaries, gender distribution of characters, the number of words in the play, and more. It also has various links that will help you explore the play more in detail such as a link to the play’s Wikipedia page, a link to the full play text, and even a play description. Besides all this, you can also explore the many characters of Shakespeare’s plays. By clicking on the character names it will lead you a second screen that looks like this:
For this example I chose the Countess of Rousillon. From here a person can then select information and look at many sets of data like the one found here. One cool feature that this site has is that it will also tell you what other characters from the same play or different play have the same number of speeches. You can also break the data down even further by seeing how many words total each character speaks in each of those 87 speeches.
I hope this brief look at our new Silk website will help people at least get started in exploring the uses of this tool.  Myself, along with all the others, at The Shakespeare Standard hope that everyone will enjoy using this new tool, and that it will help  everyone out when  starting to look at all of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.
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Author Steven

Steven has been with The Shakespeare Standard since its inception in 2009. He has had an interest in Shakespeare since acting in A Midsummer Night's Dream in college. You can reach him directly at He currently works as an editor for Foolery with the column of MEMEnto Merry.

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