Seth Denbo, program coordinator of Project Bamboo recently discussed the goals of the project. He writes, “There is no lack of digitized cultural content available on the Web. This ever increasing bounty creates problems of discovery, management, and use of both content and metadata. Alongside the proliferation of content there’s a related burgeoning of tools for performing these tasks. A scholar faced with finding, curating, exploring and analyzing a collection needs reliable information about these tools and their use.”

He goes on, “Project Bamboo has been working to facilitate the discovery of tools for scholars interested in digital research by developing Bamboo DiRT, a community site for information about digital research tools. Developed by Project Bamboo, DiRT is an evolution of Lisa Spiro’s DiRT wiki that makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software. Bamboo DiRT also aims to capture the broader ecosystem of resources used by digital humanists and includes entries drawn from the original DiRT wiki, the Humanist discussion list, DH Answers, and other discussion fora. Each entry includes as much information as possible about the resource, including a prose description, supported platform(s), cost, screenshots, and technical information.”

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