This wiki space contains archival documentation of Project Bamboo, April 2008 - March 2013.
This demonstrator, initiated by Professor Mark Williams from Dartmouth, is affiliated with both the Tools & Content WG and the Education WG. The Media Ecology demonstrator seeks to explore how the community of experts gathered by the Bamboo effort might respond to a project which invokes a wide range of recurrent challenges in Arts & Humanities research. These challenges include intellectual property, citation, annotation, and longevity. Professor Williams described the challenge here. My sense is that in the limited time we have, we can approach the problem broadly or deeply but not both, and that this restriction applies to both the collections of content the site can interact with and the features offered. The initial direction we've chosen is to limit the number of content collections, and to be as broad as possible in assembling a range of tools and abilities for interacting with that content.
Susan Wright is a student in Mark Williams' course, "This Just In: Understanding the 1950s Through News Broadcasts". For her mid-term paper, she chooses to focus on news reports which describe political unrest in South America in 1954. As part of the process of collecting materials for her paper, she visits the Media Ecology site and does some searches based on crowdsourced tags as well as official metadata. After she has collected a range of sources, she uses the tools available on the Media Ecology site to review each broadcast, marking the beginning and ending of interesting sections, and creating a clip of that subsection of video. She watches these clips repeatedly, using Media Ecology tools to add additional annotations at relevant points throughout the clip. She uses this collection of annotated materials as she develops the thesis of her paper, referring to them frequently. The final version of her paper includes links to her annotated clips, as well as to the original broadcasts.
1) Survey the existing landscape and collect resources, advice, feedback, etc. [~email@example.com:ONGOING]
We will want to make notes & share all information we collect.
2) A home -- we need a location for the process and products of our work.
We chose drupal as a platform to help us get started, in part because it was a platform we were familiar with, and in part because we knew it had a variety of features, plug-ins, etc. which we identified as desirable.
1) Sort through everything we've collected from the community
2) Establish a task list