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Adam Matthew Digital Trial of Frontier Life- Some thoughts

Recently, I came across a very well organized resource that is entitled "Frontier Life". This is a sort of package that one like me who is originally from the third world dreams of. The resource provides insights into the activities, thoughts of those who were so called the frontier people. While it is interesting to see the problems that were faced by these individuals and it is even more interesting to see how they tried to reflect upon these problems, one cannot forget about the those who faced these frontier people. Essentially in the colonial context, a frontier defined a separation of a sort from those that were colonized and the ones that were the colonizers. Despite, Bhabha's work on the location of culture, I prefer looking at this resource from the context of Said's Culture and Imperialism. The resource, of course, is generally lacking in this context. It does not provide a balanced access to the opinions of those that faced these frontier people. The ones that represented an outpost of those they came to subdue, amalgamate with and occupy. This was to be expected from such a wonderful yet deficient resource. While the general principal's of an information economy demands that the resources are constantly created as packages of previously available information for consumer consumption, it does not really answer the question about how the editorial choices go behind the actual packaging. 
Out of my own detrimental curiosity, I did perform some searches using the keyword "India". And I was surprised to see 208 hits. Some or even most of these results deemed not related to the history of Indian sub-continent that the West now calls South Asia. However the indexing seems to work well. Go judge for yourself by authenticating using UC Berkeley's sign in through proxy or the vpn.

CDL has set up a system-wide trial of the online primary source collection Frontier Life, from Adam Matthew.
Adam Matthew Digital is excited to announce that a promotional offer for Fall 2016 has been extended to your library.  Frontier Life, a newly released primary source collection published by Adam Matthew Digital, is available for complimentary review for the remainder of the semester. 

Frontier Life brings together first-hand documents and experiences of frontier settlers across the globe.  This multi-archive collection captures the lives, experiences and colonial encounters of people living at the edges of the Anglophone world from 1650-1920. It ranges across the various colonial frontiers of North America before touching on the settlers of Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand.  You can review more details about document types and source archives here and attached you will find a copy of the contents list. 

The resource will be available to you at the following URL from October 12,  2016 until December 15, 2016

Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.


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