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Caption: The Naga Videodisc was created in the late 1980s at Cambridge University under the direction of Professor Alan Macfarlane. It was a multimedia resource, including most of the known ethnographic material about the Naga ethnic groups living in the Assam and Arunachal Pradesh districts of India and parts of Burma.
Description: Approximately 30 minutes of moving film, some sound, seven thousand black and white photographs, 1,200 photographs of artefacts were made available. There were also over six thousand pages of text from published works and unpublished diaries, fieldnotes, tour diaries and other materials. The entire system was searchable through a powerful probabilistic system and was linked to a book (Julian Jacobs, The Nagas) and museum exhibition. The visual and sound materials were held on a videodisc, the rest on a computer. Under the direction of Sarah Harrison, the entire contents of the Naga Videodisc has now been transformed into an online database with a new retrieval system (‘Bamboo’). Stored as XML files, the whole database can be seen and searched with powerful tools at the Naga database site http://www.alanmacfarlane.com/bamboo_naga_front/front.htm. The 236 short film clips can also be seen without the wider search facilities on the Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library.
Collection Administrator: Mark Turin