Bhopal: Law, Accidents and Disaster, A Digital Archive initiated by Marc Galanter

Guest Post by Jarrod Bogucki
The University of Wisconsin Law School is proud to present Bhopal: Law,
Accidents and Disasters in India, a Digital Archive initiated by Marc Galanter.
  This archive is a collection of resources related to the December 1984
disaster at a Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India.  Professor
Marc Galanter, a University of Wisconsin-Madison Emeritus Faculty member, who
studies Indian law, appeared as an expert in a court case related to the
disaster.  In the years following his involvement in the case, Professor
Galanter collected articles, letters and other documents pertaining to the
tragedy and its subsequent legal action.  With the launch of this newly
created archive, these documents are now collected, organized, and made
available to the public.
The Bhopal Digital Archive contains thousands of digital files, each
with accompanying descriptive data to aid in scholarly research.  These
files include court documents from both the United States and Indian cases
surrounding the event, articles from newspapers and journals around the world,
and a variety of other resources gathered in one place.  The documents
describe court proceedings, contain scholarly analysis, and showcase
investigative journalism that occurred in the decades following the disaster. 
This extensive collection is by no means complete, and it will continue to grow
as new documents and resources are discovered.
The Law School strives to make the Bhopal Collection a useful online
resource, and to that end has added features to aid in research and
discoverability.  The content of the collection can be fully searched
across text and data fields for each record.  Many documents can be
downloaded as PDFs, and all can be requested through the library at the
University of Wisconsin Law School.  To supplement the content, the
archive provides links to additional related resources and background
information on the Bhopal disaster.  The archive itself is designed to be
viewed on desktop, tablet, and mobile displays.
This project was and continues to be a highly collaborative effort, with
contributions from faculty, students, librarians and IT staff.  Many hours
were spent organizing and scanning documents, writing computer code, and
cataloging the collection to make sure it is accurate and easy to use. 
The Law Library would like to thank the numerous people who worked so hard on
this collection. The project would not have been possible without them.
The 1984 chemical leak in Bhopal was a terrible tragedy, with very real
repercussions both in the courtroom and in the real world to this day. 
The University of Wisconsin Law School hopes that by providing information
about this event we can raise awareness and encourage education that may aid in
preventing future industrial catastrophes, while providing documents that were
difficult if not entirely possible to locate previously.  If nothing
else, this collection will serve as a reminder of what happened and as
dedication to the people of Bhopal.  It would be another tragedy to forget
the many who suffered and died as a result of this disaster.

Please visit  Bhopal: Law, Accidents and Disaster, A Digital
Archive initiated by Marc Galanter at http://repository.law.wisc.edu/bhopal-collection
(Jarrod Bogucki is IT Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School)

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