Open Source Shakespeare: An Experiment in Literary Technology

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More than just a collection of texts...

Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free Web site containing Shakespeare's complete works. It is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind. OSS includes the 1864 Globe Edition of the complete works, which was the definitive single-volume Shakespeare edition for over a half-century. READ MORE...


Why use Open Source Shakespeare?

This site was built with four attributes in mind: Power, Flexibility, Friendliness, and Openness. It won't replace the expensive, subscription-only sites at libraries or research institutions, but you can use the advanced search function, read the plays, and look up words in the concordance.

From June 2006 to August 2014, Open Source Shakespeare hosted over 6.5 million unique visitors, who logged over 32.7 million page views.

Users performed over 1.5 million searches from September 2012 to August 2014.

Most visitors were from English-speaking countries (U.S., U.K, Canada, Australia), with Western European nations contributing a significant portion of the traffic. In addition, a large number of visitors came from non-European countries such as Brazil, China, Egypt, India, and Turkey.


See how the site was built, and how it works

Read the paper (part of an M.A. thesis project) describing OSS's construction, as well as a history and analysis of the Globe Edition's texts. Visit this page to see how the database is built and how the texts are moved into the OSS database. Download the source code and database and use it in non-commercial projects of your own.

Quotation of the moment

By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap
To pluck bright honour from the pale-faced moon,
Or dive into the bottom of the deep,
Where fathom-line could never touch the ground,
And pluck up drowned honour by the locks.

      — King Henry IV. Part I, Act I Scene 3

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