Project Bamboo, an 18-month initiative to develop web services for scholarly research, was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times. The article quotes Arno Bosse, senior director of technology for the Humanities Division:
Computers are already good at finding patterns, particularly in text…It would be great if computers could also recognize people and place names in ancient Chinese texts or the types of shots made in a silent movie.
Project Bamboo is an effort to develop software that would expand the abilities of computers to include such tasks. The project, which involves over 100 museums, libraries and schools, is being led by the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley. It is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
For more information, see the Project Bamboo website.