UCSD CAT 124A Summer 2018

Patrolling the Past to Explore the (de)Colonial Gaze was first taught through the Culture, Art, and Technology Program at Sixth College of the University of California, San Diego in the Summer of 2018.  Students learned skills and addressed topics such as data coding, analysis, and management skills, developing confidence in using primary sources for research, understanding the process of digitization and the issues around it, and digitally curating data for public.

During July 2018, ten UC San Diego undergraduate students conducted a preliminary analysis of a selection of PNG Patrol Report volumes.  These reports are available online through the Digital Archives Oceania Collection at UC San Diego.  Students were assigned one volume each that ranged from 150-200 pages.  They were asked to analyze the volumes at the report level summarizing their findings, identifying key terms, and writing aboutness statements.  From this, they developed an aboutness statement and chose key terms that represent the overall volume.  Throughout the course, the students reflected on the research process through the blog posts available under “Class Blog Posts.”

Take a tour through the Patrol Reports the students analyzed. Students were paired up by region and time period in order to share and verify each other’s analysis. They also presented together their findings in the final class of the course. To view the original patrol report click on the link associated with the year.  To view all the blogs written by a particular student, click on their name.

Gulf District, Kerema, 1935-1937

Gulf District, Kerema, 1935-1937

Central District, Port Moresby, 1944-1948

East Sepik District, Yangoru, 1949-1955

West New Britain District, Talasea, 1961-1969

Southern Highlands, Pangia, 1969-1971

To see the specific data and descriptions they compiled at the report level, browse the spreadsheets linked to below.

Link coming soon!