English Chair Katherine Rowe has guest-edited a special edition of Shakespeare Quarterly that used the Internet to "tap the public wisdom of a crowd," reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"Katherine Rowe, chair of the English department at Bryn Mawr College, guest-edited the special issue. She and the editorial board decided that the issue's new-media theme offered a chance to investigate how scholarly authority works in a networked environment.
"'This was genuinely an experiment,' Ms. Rowe said. 'We didn't know what would result.'"
All scholars willing to post thoughts under their own names could comment on the articles, and Rowe invited about 90 scholars to comment.
Having an open process made everyone involved in the project ask questions such as, "What's the nature of expertise?" Rowe told the Chronicle.
Find out more about the project on the MediaCommons Press website.