For some time now, I’ve wanted to do an electronic edition of John Gay’s great text, The Beggar’s Opera. I’ve published on it and teach it every chance I get, but what’s lacking is a scholarly and pedagogical resource that takes is true to the multi-media roots and performance of the text, its intertextual reach, and its rich history of adaptation. So I’m wondering if THATCampers could–speaking very slowly and simply for a newbie like me to understand–help me understand the basics of what I would have to know (programming languages, data management, etc.) to realize that vision. In addition to the 1728 text, I’m imagining nodes for: 1) images and clips of performances; 2) opera; 3) criminal discourse; 4) political satire; 5) the history of adaptations of the play.