Open Source Shakespeare is a non-commercial web site offering free-to-digital versions of the complete works of William Shakespeare . The site was created using Moby Shakespeare , which is based on the 1864 Globe edition of the complete works. 
Shakespeare’s work was conceived in 2001 by Eric M. Johnson, then working as a web designer and theater reviewer for the Washington Times newspaper while pursuing a Master’s degree at George Mason University .  In the process of finding the source of Shakespearian quotes online, Johnson was surprised to learn that William Shakespeare’s writings. 
“Johnson recalled.” Johnson recalled, “The ones that were not free, and the free ones were not comprehensive. 
Johnson started to create just and comprehensive free Such a digital collection as share de son graduate program, have unveiled the Open Source Shakespeare website in December 2003.  The Site Was Formally annoncé to the scholarly community in February 2004. 
According to the site’s founder, about 77,000 people made use of the resource in 2005, with a further 170,000 anticipated to visit the site in 2006.  The operating costs of the site were minimal; Through 2006, these were paid out of pocket by the site’s creator.  Subsequently, a grant application was made to the National Endowment for the Humanities by Johnson and three members of the English Department of George Mason University to provide funding for the project. 
Shakespeare’s works are divided into plays , sonnets , and poems . The site also includes a concordance , search engine , and information about basic usage statistics.
The site has gained functionality over time, with a “Version 2.0” released in 2005 which added the capability for users to search for word stems or phonetically and to save and print search results. 
In the middle of 2009 a site version designed for mobile devices was unveiled, called Mobile Open Source Shakespeare. 
- Jump up^ Johnson, Eric M. “Introduction: The History of Open Source Shakespeare” . Open Source Shakespeare: An Experiment in Literary Technology . Retrieved 19 April 2012 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b c d e Taylor, Art (February 14, 2011). “Alumnus Makes Shakespeare’s Works Easy to Search” . George Mason University News .
- ^ Jump up to:a b c d Call for Advisors: Open Source Shakespeare . SHAKSPER: The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference. 1 December 2006.
- Jump up^ Johnson, Eric M (7 March 2005). “Open Source Shakespeare 2.0 Released” . Catholic Light .