Digital research and teaching tool "Shakeosphere" welcoming new contributors

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Shakeosphere logo

Shakeospeare: Mapping the Social Networks of Early Modern England, a digital research and teaching tool mapping early English records, will now crowdsource the project to students, researchers and citizen scholars.

The tool was created last year as a collaboration between English Professor Blaine Greteman and the Director of the School of Library and Information Science, David Eichmann. It maps the social network of early printers, publishers, authors, and booksellers that published written works in English before 1900. The tool is available online through the University of Iowa Libraries.

With a grant from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Shakeosphere team has created an interface allowing students and researchers to annotate the website. Watch their instructional video below for more information and to sign up as a contributor.



The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.