This wiki space contains archival documentation of Project Bamboo, April 2008 - March 2013.
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The Brown University Local Bamboo Group met and discussed various actual scenarios for research and scenarios. The participants in this discussion were two faculty members and 4 CIS staff members from the Academic Services Group.
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Students did original research in order to study and enrich the publication of the Garibaldi Panorama, which was digitazed and made available by the Brown University Library [http://dl.lib.brown.edu/garibaldi/panorama.php]. The Garibaldi class represents a research project taking place around an artifact, not mining a database, as in the previous example.
Students selected research topics, searched a microfilm collection that had materials about 19th c. European history, and digitized textual resources that they found. These were collected and contextualized in order to provide information for understanding the content and purpose of the Garibaldi Panorama. An example of a student research topic is the network of information around torture in Bourbonic jails in southern Italy. Students found legal documents from a court case and documents by William Gladstone, prime minister of England on the subject.
The class used Google Documents to collect their materials, because it permitted shared use and enough storage for the digitized images. This system has worked adequately, but is opportunistic.