According to the site, "it "offers an extensive collection of videos of Asian Shakespeare performances for scholars, students, and any one interested in Shakespeare or Asian cultures. Here you will also find interactive maps and timelines, interviews, biographies of directors and actors, for understanding intercultural Shakespeare."
Shakespeare Quarterly offers the following description and quote: "XMAS allows students to excerpt, collect and annotate video clips or images for use in multimedia essays, discussion groups or presentations. As Peter Donaldson, director of the project, explains, "We wanted students to be able to juxtapose and compare Quarto and Folio readings, interpretations of the text in images and film versions quickly and easily enough so that they could in a sense read across versions, holding textual variants and alternate performances of the same scene or line in mind at the same time. In addition, we wanted to develop tools for more active uses – electronic means of defining segments in all media, adding notes to video as well as text, storing playable extracts in electronic notebooks and using them to create one’s own commentary. In this vision, the work of scholars and students would change, at least in part, from the print-only forms of student term paper and scholarly publications to multimedia essays that were, in effect, guided pathways through a digital archive.'"