The project

Will's World is a JISC Discovery project in which EDINA aims to demonstrate the value and principles of aggregation as a tactic. The concept behind this project is that assembling online data sources relating to one topic will add value and improve the discoverability of these resources; making it easier for developers and service providers to build services and ultimately providing an easier access for all to the data itself and enriched content based on it.

We have built and populated a registry of metadata of digital resources relating to Shakespeare, covering anything from his work and life to modern performance, interpretation and geographical and historical contextual information.

During the process of development and exploring the possibilities of aggregation and metadata enhancement, we documented our progress and discoveries in a blog which you can see here:


The data

The metadata registry currently includes data from the following sources. The Solr interface can be queried for these data, and results can be limited to particular sources using faceting. The number of records available from each collection is shown in brackets:

We have also used the Unlock API to enhance British Museum metadata through text mining and geo tagging.

The services registry has been started, with around 50 services described. We expect these data to improve as more resources are submitted, and better metadata is provided to describe existing services.