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This wiki space contains archival documentation of Project Bamboo, April 2008 - March 2013.

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Light and Shadows - Emma Goldman 1910-1916

Summary

This website attempts to document all the places in America that Emma Goldman gave talks, and all the topics she spoke on, between 1910 and 1916. Goldman's activities are represented as a network of events, each of which can be associated with documents related to those events. Part of the Bringing Lives to Light: Biography in Context project sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The website shows how geographic and temporal referencing of biographical events can help scholars in exploring and presenting their work. The project is working with Barry Pateman, one of the editors of the Emma Goldman papers.

Description of Technologies

We began with Barry's Word Perfect file containing the Emma chronology. We then converted this to the OpenDocument XML[1] format] using Open Office. Because Barry used consistent styling (bold, italics, etc.) and formatting for things like city names and dates in his chronology, we could easily parse this XML and produce an Atom XML[2] document with an entry for each event in the chronology. Then
we georeferenced this Atom document using Geonames[3]. Finally, we transformed this Atom file into RDF/XML using classes and properties
from the Event ontology[4]. We also transformed it into KML[5] for viewing in Google Earth.

The prototype consists of a single XHTML file with the RDF triples encoded as RDFa[6] and embedded in HTML attributes. Using the open
source Yahoo User Interface Javascript libraries[7], Google Maps Javascript libraries[8], and our own Javascript code, we created the
interactive browsing and searching functionality which searches within the HTML document for matching RDF triples upon selection of a place
and/or date range.

Links

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDocument
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom_(standard)
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeoNames
[4] http://motools.sf.net/event/event.html
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyhole_Markup_Language
[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RDFa
[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo!_UI_Library
[8] http://code.google.com/apis/maps/

Video Demo

This video shows the interface in action and describes interaction with it. (click on the "See a video demo" button).

Live site

This link will take you to the live Light and Shadows site

Additional description

This site is thanks to the work of Ryan Shaw (PhD Student), Barry Pateman (Goldman Papers Editor)

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