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

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As part of Project Bamboo, a team from UC Berkeley Information Services and Technology worked with the University of California Curation Center (UC3) and Alfresco Professional Services to make available an exciting new data management services for arts and humanities scholars. With this pilot service, scholars can easily migrate research data from a project collaboration environment (e.g., Bamboo Work Spaces) to the UC3 Merritt and DataCite repository for long-term access and preservation. Data moved to the Merritt repository will be assigned a persistent identifier (DOI), which can be used to cite data with confidence.

Scholars need to know that the underlying data supporting their publications will be around for the long term. With new tools and standards for data publication, their data can be reused and verified, its impact measured, and their contributions recognized and rewarded. Many funding agencies are now mandating, where sensible, broad public dissemination of the products of research. This solution should go a long way towards meeting the needs of the academic community, funders and other stakeholders. 

We have implemented and are now (Spring 2013) piloting a fully functional beta service, which allows users to move content (data and metadata) from the Alfresco-based Research Hub platform to the UC3 Merritt repository. It is our expectation that the  code developed for this project, as well as overall approach, will serve as a template for connecting to other web-based scholarly services.

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Research Hub (UC Berkeley Alfresco ECM  Service)
California Digital Library Merritt Service 

Working beta code (Java) facilitates the transfer of content (data and metadata) from the Alfresco-based collaboration environment to the UC3 Merritt repository (via Merritt REST API) for long term access and preservation. This code can be found in Project Bamboo's code repository on Sourceforge.
Contact: Noah Wittman, UC Berkeley Information Services and Technology (; Michael McCarthy, Tribloom (

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