Developed by a team of professionals from Folger Shakespeare Library's Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO), the research platform Zooniverse, and the Oxford English Dictionary, Shakespeare's World invites individuals to explore and transcribe a number of handwritten manuscripts created during Shakespeare's lifetime. This project features a number of manuscripts that will be of interest to English scholars and historians, while also providing an opportunity for researchers and students to practice the art of paleography or "the study and interpretation of historical handwriting." The project includes an online tutorial for individuals interested in transcribing, along with a chat board for those who want to communicate with other transcribers. In addition, the project's blog may be of interest to transcribers as well as those who simply want to learn more about the project. Curious about why the Oxford English Dictionary is part of the project? As explained on this site's homepage, "Along the way [of transcribing], you'll find words that have yet to be recorded in the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary, and which will eventually be added to this important resource."
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