Tamboti is the Cluster's framework for cataloguing bibliographical material and other resource types such as web sites, images and videos.
Tamboti has been created by the HRA (Heidelberg Research Architecture) at the The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows" at Heidelberg University, in close cooperation with eXist Solutions GmbH.
Tamboti is an application that can be installed in eXist-db, an Open Source XML database.
Tamboti has three main functions:
To get familiar with the main functions of Tamboti, follow this walkthrough.
For naming their metadata framework, the Heidelberg Research Architecture has decided to adopt the names of exotic trees. Trees have been chosen primarily because the resources employ a database which builds on a markup language called "XML", and XML orders data in a tree structure. (A tree structure is a hierarchy which starts with one element, the root, and then divides into ever finer distinctions, branches and twigs.
The Tamboti tree is a tree native to Africa, also known as the African Sandalwood tree. You can find descriptions of the Tamboti tree by following the links below.