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Name of Collaboratory :


Comedie-Francaise Registers Project


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Collaboratory Status :

Completed   Start Date : 2009 End Date : 2009 Info Last Updated : Thu, Dec 9 2010 2:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Data Systems  

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Domain(s) :

  HUMANITIES >Foreign Languages >French
HUMANITIES >Other Humanities >Drama/Theater Arts

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The Comédie-Française Registers Project was a collaborative enterprise between Oxford Brookes and MIT, which aimed to make the contents of the Comedie Francaise’s daily registers available online

as digital facsimiles of each page;
as a database containing the data transcribed from each page;
with a series of interactive tools allowing the user to organise and dynamically visualise the contents of the database.

The registers constitute a vital resource for the study of the early modern French theatre but their contents have never been generally available. Moreover, the planned interactive tools would have enabled scholars to formulate research questions on multiple levels simultaneously, revealing patterns that it was previously impossible to identify.

This collaboratory was a failure. From their Website: "Update (February 2010) - Oxford Brookes, MIT and the Comédie-Française have been unable to come a suitable licencing agreement that would allow the presentation of the digitised materials on the Web.

This has meant, unfortunately, that the project has had to be terminated and will not be continued. Payments for this project have been returned to the funding bodies."


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Oxford Brookes University

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