What can new digital technologies tell us about old books and the people who made them? Renaissance scholar and UI English Professor Blaine Greteman will discuss and demonstrate his digital project, “Shakeosphere,” which has mined information about publishers, booksellers, printers, and authors from half a million books published between 1473 and 1800. Shakeosphere uses this data to map relationships between these people, so that we can discover how Shakespeare and his contemporaries were connected by a rapidly changing communications network. By employing some of the same algorithms that Facebook uses to find your friends – or the NSA uses to find potential terrorists – Greteman and the team working on Shakeosphere are also able to identify the “hubs” in this network. This talk will explain some of the ways that such work reveals a hidden history of the printers, publishers, and booksellers who gave us Shakespeare.