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This wiki space contains archival documentation of Project Bamboo, April 2008 - March 2013.

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The purpose of this list is to track which activities are being or have been defined, and who is responsible for work in progress. The list is being pre-populated with (122) activities identified in preparation for Workshop Two. It is fully expected that this activities list will undergo expansion and consolidation as the Shared Services Working Group refines it, responding to "scholars' stories" from the Bamboo Community and beyond.

Notes:

  1. Source column entries are intended to reference where in this wiki or elsewhere the activity originated. Sources marked TG: [some keyword] indicate Theme Group Pages
  2. Definition facilitators are Shared Services Working Group members who have agreed to take primary responsibility for defining an activity
  3. The 'link(s)' column on the far right should link to already-created Activity Definition Pages, once they exist.

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Workflow for contributors to Activity Definitions on the wiki

In ultra-brief form:

  • Newly created Activity Definition pages are automatically labeled as: wgactivitydefinition_new & activitydefinitionstub
  • New pages should be added to the Tracking Table, below, with as many columns as possible/appropriate filled in
  • Once a new page is put on the Tracking Table, remove the label: wgactivitydefinition_new
  • A Shared Services Working Group member should take principal responsibility for the definition as "definition facilitator"
    • this Working Group member should "sign up" for the definition by putting her/his name in the "Definition Facilitator" column of the tracking-table row that corresponds to the activity in question
    • see instructions re: how to contribute to a definition
    • some activities may be suitable to combine with others; some activities might be suitable for forking into multiple definitions
    • others are encouraged to participate in the definition by adding what they know or learn!
  • Once an Activity Definition has enough substance on it to seem, in the contributor's judgment, more than a "stub" (placeholder) page, remove the label: activitydefinitionstub
    • some links (rightmost column) on the Tracking Page include the designation "stub" because that's what the definitions were when the link was first added to the page.
    • if this is the case for a link to a page from which you have removed the activitydefinitionstub label, please clean up the Tracking Page by removing the "stub" designation from the link
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Activity Tracking Table

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Activity

Source

Definition Facilitator

Activity Definition Page link(s)

Keyword search (exact and fuzzy, with or without multiple-language synonyms)

TG: Discover

Judith Pearce

Keyword Searching

Literature search (within and/or across disciplines, with aides to translating between discipline-specific terms)

TG: Discover

Debjani Ganguly

Literature Search

Discover historical analyses, which is now itself the object of scholarship

TG: Discover

Debjani Ganguly

Historical tracing of objects of scholarly interest

Free-text search

TG: Discover

W.Martin

Free-text Search

Image search (exact and fuzzy)

TG: Discover

Judith Pearce

Image Search

Audio search (exact and fuzzy)

TG: Discover

W.Martin

Audio Search

Video search (exact and fuzzy)

TG: Discover

W.Martin

Video Search

Archives and manuscripts search

 

 

Archives or manuscripts search

Geographical-location search (exact and fuzzy)

TG: Discover

W.Martin

Context Search Geographical Search

Temporal search (exact and fuzzy)

TG: Discover

 

Context Search

Cultural-manifestation search (exact and fuzzy)

TG: Discover

 

Context Search

Citation surfing (following hyperlinked citation trails)

TG: Discover

Connor Riley

Citation Surfing

Recording references found "off-line" (in an archive, a classroom, a conversation, a visit to the pub)

TG: Discover

 

Recording References Found Offline (stub)

Scholar-directed "scanning/trawling" through unstructured repositories and collections

TG: Discover

 

Exploring Unstructured Repositories(stub)

Recursively narrow a set of discovered objects based on scholar-specified heuristics or ontology

TG: Discover

Debjani Ganguly

Narrow set of discovered objects

'Gisting' - translate (approximately) portions of text from one language to another

TG: Discover

Steve Masover

Gist...

Translate between representation-rich formats, with toleration for limited ambiguity

TG: Discover

 

Translate Between Representation-Rich Formats (stub)

Quickly and crudely score 'interestingness' or 'relevance' of discovered objects in a scholar-bounded context

TG: Discover

Michael Spalti

Rank Relevance

Identify a set of objects in a scholar-bounded context

TG: Discover

W.Martin

Identify Search Domain

Match patterns based on scholar-specified heuristics

TG: Discover

 

Expose Patterns Within Objects (stubs) 

Segment found objects

TG: Discover

 

Segment Objects(stub)

Identify parts of a whole

TG: Discover

 

Identify Parts of a Whole(stub)

Code relationships

TG: Discover

Michael Spalti

Indicate Relationships

Obtain local copy (for off-line access, annotation, transformation, etc.)

TG: Aggregate

Judith Pearce

Obtain local copy

Transform an artifact to ready it for scholarly inquiry (transcribe a text (e.g., OCR), translate a text, transform one image format to another, score a piece of music, etc.)

TG: Aggregate

Jim Muehlenberg

Prepare an Object Through Transformation

Group local copies of materials into sets appropriate to one or more scholarly inquiries in which the materials play a part

TG: Aggregate

Jim Muehlenberg

Group local copies of materials

Organize discovered materials in a relational database

TG: Aggregate

Judith Pearce

Organize discovered materials

Organize discovered materials in an RDF store

TG: Aggregate

Judith Pearce

Organize discovered materials

Organize discovered materials in a distributed, column-oriented store (e.g., Hadoop)

TG: Aggregate

Judith Pearce

Organize discovered materials

Make a scholarly mashup

TG: Aggregate

Jim Muehlenberg

Make a Scholarly Mashup

Associate a note (phrase, comment, paragraph, essay) with an object or set of objects of scholarly interest

TG: Annotate

Connor Riley

Annotate an Object

Tag (with a word or phrase) an object or set of objects of scholarly interest

TG: Annotate

Connor Riley

Tag an Object

Associate provenance metadata with an object or set of objects of scholarly interest

TG: Annotate

 

Add Descriptive Metadata About an Object

Associate credit for contribution to the digital commons of an object or set of objects of scholarly interest

TG: Annotate

 

Associate Credit (stub)

Associate a citation (e.g., a book or article) with an object or set of objects of scholarly interest

TG: Annotate

 

Associate a Citation with an Object (stub)

Associate a date with an object or set of objects of scholarly interest

TG: Annotate

Connor Riley

Add Descriptive Metadata About an Object

Associate a cultural, social, or political movement or style or event with an object or set of objects of scholarly interest

TG: Annotate

Connor Riley

Add Descriptive Metadata About an Object

Associate a material or substrate with an object or set of objects of scholarly interest (e.g., these texts are inscribed on clay tablets)

TG: Annotate

Connor Riley

Add Descriptive Metadata About an Object

Categorize an object or set of objects of scholarly interest in a formal or informal taxonomy

TG: Annotate

Michael Spalti

Categorize an Object in a Taxonomy

Categorize an object or set of objects of scholarly interest in a broadly-accepted or provisional (perhaps local/evolving) ontology

TG: Annotate

Michael Spalti

Categorize objects using broadly accepted or provisional ontology 

Record an assertion about the relationship of an object or set of objects of scholarly interest to another (e.g., original expression of a concept, copy of another object, part of a whole, edition of a text, version of a musical score)

TG: Annotate

Michael Spalti

Indicate Relationships

Assert responsibility/credit for publishing artifacts to the digital commons

TG: Annotate

 

Associate Credit (stub)

Record an evaluation of an object or set of objects of scholarly interest (e.g., evaluating authenticity; evaluating quality)

TG: Annotate

 

Evaluate an Object (stub)

Record catalog data about an object or set of objects of scholarly interest

TG: Annotate

 

Add Descriptive Metadata About an Object

Highlight a part of an object or set of objects of scholarly interest, associating the highlighting with an "interestingness" or "relevance" score in a scholar-defined context (e.g., tag a portion of a video or audio recording as relevant to a particular inquiry)

TG: Annotate

 

Rank Relevance(stub)
Segment Objects(stub)

Mark (identify) parts of an object of scholarly interest using a formal grammar (e.g., TEI-encode a text)

TG: Annotate

 

Mark Up an Object Using a Formal Grammar(stub)

Record "real time" annotation of experiential objects of scholarly interest (e.g., a performance)

TG: Annotate

 

Annotate and Analyze Experiential Objects (stub)

Analyze an object or set of objects of scholarly interest via its metadata (e.g., by visualizing a cloud of tags applied by one's self, another, or a group)

TG: Consider

Connor Riley

Model Objects Based on Their Attributes(stub)

Analyze an object or set of objects via an algorithm to expose patterns and characteristics (e.g., text mining, pattern matching)

TG: Consider

 

Expose Patterns Within Objects (stubs)

Illuminate problems in the quality of objects of scholarly interest

TG: Consider

 

Evaluate an Object(stub)

Identify values and perspectives in objects of scholarly interest and/or in secondary literature related to those objects

TG: Consider

 

Consult Secondary Literature(stub)

Identify values and perspectives in models and/or hypotheses (e.g., via comparison with other models and hypotheses and, if available, with analyses of those other models and hypotheses)

TG: Consider

 

Test Hypotheses (stub)

Express relationships, commonalities among, and/or differences between objects of scholarly interest (e.g., in text markup, as a visualization, etc.)

TG: Consider

Michael Spalti

Indicate Relationships

Express relationships, exact or fuzzy, between objects of scholarly interest and a body of secondary literature within or across disciplinary boundaries (e.g., as a list, in RDF, as a visualization, etc.)

TG: Consider

Michael Spalti

Indicate Relationships

Derive assertions of authority of a set of observations based on their metadata

TG: Consider

 

Evaluate an Object(stub)

Create a model of an object or set of objects of scholarly interest that reflects some or all of its attributes (e.g., a list of citations tagged as relevant to an "Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities Scholarship" seminar, a timeline visualization showing when members of a corpus of texts were produced)

TG: Consider

Connor Riley

Model Objects Based on Their Attributes(stub)

Transform an object or set of objects of scholarly interest into a different format or representation-type (e.g., create a map of a set of place-names in a text; create an audio recording of a text; derive a musical score from an audio recording)

TG: Consider

 

Make a New Representation of an Object(stub)

'Gisting' - translate (approximately) portions of text from one language to another

TG: Consider

Steve Masover

Gist...

Test a set of digital objects against a hypothesis formed about them

TG: Consider

 

Test Hypotheses (stub)

Track, order, and express a set of reviews of and/or responses to a scholarly hypothesis

TG: Consider

 

Track Scholarship Over Time(stub)

Represent "messy" (fuzzy) context:  temporal, historical, social, political, stylistic, linguistic, authorial, etc.

TG: Consider

 

Represent 'Messy' Context (stub)

Virtually unify physically disparate materials/objects in order to consider a whole that does not currently exist in physical form at a single location

TG: Consider

 

Bring Distant Objects Together(stub)

Consider an ephemeral artifact (e.g., the set of a dance performance, or interviews with the performers themselves) after it (the set, the performance) ceases to exist in "real time"

TG: Consider

Duffy Gillman

Annotate and Analyze Experiential Objects (stub)

Visualize events for which the only artifacts are textual (e.g., model and visualize a narrative [cf. Visualizing Joyce])

TG: Consider

 

Make a New Representation of an Object(stub)

Consider historical ways of looking at what is now primary material

TG: Consider

Debjani Ganguly

Historical tracing of objects of scholarly interest

Trace the production and reception of an object of scholarly interest, to consider how others have regarded it historically.

TG: Consider

Debjani Ganguly

Historical tracing of objects of scholarly interest

Publish an ontology

TG: Share and Publish

Connor Riley

Publish a Set of Relationships

Publish a taxonomy

TG: Share and Publish

Connor Riley

Publish a Set of Relationships

Publish an article in a printed journal

TG: Share and Publish

 

Publish an Article in Print (stub)

Publish an article electronically

TG: Share and Publish

Robert M

Publish an Article Electronically (stub)

Publish a (printed) book

TG: Share and Publish

Rick Peterson

Publish a (printed) Book

Publish an e-book

TG: Share and Publish

Rick Peterson

Publish an e-book

Publish an edition (e.g., a modern edition of ancient music, a translation of a text authored in another language, etc.)

TG: Share and Publish

 

Publish an Edition (stub)

Publish to a pre-print archive

TG: Share and Publish

 

Publish an Article Electronically (stub)
Protect Intellectual Property (stub)

Publish a data-set (e.g., used to derive assertions in a published article, or usable in analyses by other scholars)

TG: Share and Publish

Robert M

Publish a Data Set (stub)

Publish documentation of methodology, tools, and or algorithms used to conduct a scholarly analysis

TG: Share and Publish

 

Publish Documentation (stub)

Identify and engage an appropriate publisher

TG: Share and Publish


Identify and Engage an Appropriate Publisher (stub)

Perform a work of art (e.g., musical composition, choreographed dance performance, dramatic performance, poetry reading, etc.)

TG: Share and Publish

 

Perform a Work of Art (stub)

Mount an exhibition (e.g., in a museum, as a digital collection, etc.)

TG: Share and Publish

Michael Spalti

Mount an exhibition

Make available a formally curated digital library of materials

TG: Share and Publish

Duffy Gillman

Make Available a Curated Digital Library (stub)

Show or broadcast a documentary film/video

TG: Share and Publish

Rick Peterson

Show or broadcast a documentary film/video

Share work-in-progress with another scholar or group of scholars, for review and response (often a "controlled release" to a set of individuals determined by the originator of the work, using a formal or informal sharing platform such as a wiki or an e-mailed draft; but may involve publication 'to the world')

TG: Share and Publish

Alex Chapin

Share for collaboration

Present at a conference or seminar

TG: Share and Publish

 

Present at a Conference or Seminar

Teach research to students

TG: Share and Publish

 

Teach Research to Students (stub)

Tailor a teaching syllabus to complement research

TG: Share and Publish

 

Teach Research to Students (stub)

Create a syllabus that reflects/communicates research methods, process, and/or outcomes

TG: Share and Publish

 

Teach Research to Students (stub)

Guard the fruits of one's scholarship from public view until credit can be established

TG: Share and Publish

Duffy Gillman

Protect Intellectual Property (stub)

Publish provenance of the objects of analysis in a publication ("chains of credit") in a standard, exportable, remixable grammar and format

TG: Share and Publish

 

Associate Credit (stub)

Add Descriptive Metadata About an Object (stub)
Mark Up an Object Using a Formal Grammar (stub)

Publish information that tracks the contribution of each participant in a collaborative scholarly endeavor in a standard, exportable, remixable grammar and format

TG: Share and Publish

Alex Chapin

Track contributions

Evaluate a body of work completed by a student

 

 

Evaluate student work (stub)

Evaluate an individual's contribution to a scholarly project.

TG: Engage

Alex Chapin

Evaluate contribution to a Project

Define access to the project based on the evaluation of a contributor contribution(s) to that project

TG: Engage

Alex Chapin

Define conditional access to a project

Solicit feedback from a "source" individual or community on the scholarship performed on artifacts or experience they contributed to a cultural corpus

TG: Engage

Robert M

Solicit Feedback from the Source of an Object of Study(stub)

Engaging a broad community in non-automatable tasks involving disambiguation or correction of data

TG: Engage

 

Community Sourcing (stub)

Perform in public (e.g., read, dance, lecture, exhibit, mount a theatre production, play music)

TG: Engage

 

Perform a Work of Art (stub)

Frame scholarly research or teaching in a community service project/context

TG: Engage

 

Frame Scholarly Activity in a Community Service Context (stub)

Tailor a teaching syllabus to complement research

TG: Engage

 

Teach Research to Students(stub)

Explain to the public why and how work of humanists matters

TG: Engage


Engage with the Public About How the Humanities Matter(stub)

Provide a mechanism for a broader public to find scholarly artifacts in which they are interested (cf. the "Discover" theme group)

TG: Engage

Michael Spalti

Facilitate Discovery of Objects by the General Public

Engage "non-traditional" schools as scholarly colleagues and scholarly audiences

TG: Engage

 

Engage with 'Non-Traditional' Schools in Teaching and Research (stub)

Expose digital archives of cultural artifacts to a broad public

TG: Engage

Michael Spalti

Facilitate Discovery of Objects by the General Public

Teach research to students inside and outside the academy

TG: Engage

 

Teach Research to Students(stub)

Preserve materials (e.g., papers) from a conference

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve materials that were presented or published

Preserve scholarly methodologies (records of how a project or inquiry was performed)

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve interim stages or results of scholarly or artistic projects

Preserve the results of a search for materials

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg 

Preserve interim stages or results of scholarly or artistic projects

Preserve wikis as a record of an event, process, or project

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve interim stages or results of scholarly or artistic projects

Preserve relationships between digital objects that change over time

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve interim stages or results of scholarly or artistic projects

Preserve a record of a performance

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve a record of a performance

Preserve a visualization of an artifact, event, performance, etc. (e.g., VRML models)

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve a visualization or a model

Store audio recordings

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve Audiovisual Materials

Store video recordings

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve Audiovisual Materials

Store texts

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve Textual Materials

Store images

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve Audiovisual Materials

Store maps

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve a visualization or a model

Store GIS data sets

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve a visualization or a model

Store sets of data that comprise a research corpus

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve Data Sets

Curate digital content (e.g., apply metadata - cf. the "Annotate" theme group)

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Curate Digital Content

Preserve materials using library or museum services

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve Materials Through Library, Archival or Museum Services

Preserve materials in a digital content management system such as Fedora Commons or Nuxeo

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve materials in a digital storage facility

Preserve materials in a relational database

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve materials in a digital storage facility

Preserve materials in an RDF store

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve materials in a digital storage facility

Preserve materials in a distributed, column-oriented store (e.g., Hadoop)

TG: Preserve

Jim Muehlenberg

Preserve materials in a digital storage facility

Create a self-edited, multimedia-rich profile with the ability to ingest a variety of scholar-friendly sets of material (e.g., BibTeX citations)

TG: Interact

Jim Muehlenberg

Create a Scholarly Profile

Request to join groups (networks) of individuals/institutions asserting possibly shared affiliations, affinities, interests ...etc

TG: Interact

Alex Chapin

Request to Join Group

Create groups (networks) of individuals/institutions, possibly defining and publishing membership requirements

TG: Interact

Alex Chapin

Create Groups

Post messages that are distributed to groups or subscribers

TG: Interact


Communicate With a Group

Assert affiliation with groups, events, disciplines, specialized interests, objects of cultural interest, etc. and expose networks of scholars with similar (exact or fuzzy) affiliations

TG: Interact

Alex Chapin

Assert Affiliation

Validate another individual's assertions of affiliation

TG: Interact

Alex Chapin

Validate Affiliation

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Notes

[1] All "TG: Discover" activities share these qualities:

  • Searching, filter, and synthesize within a single or across multiple search-bases
  • Search, filter, and synthesize across a variety of objects (texts, images, audio recordings, etc.)
  • Vary the scope of context/attention
  • Visual forms of search, filtering, and presentation-of-syntheses

[2] All "TG: Aggregate" activities share these qualities:

  • Discover access constraints (e.g., copyright restrictions)
  • Comply with access constraints (e.g., copyright restrictions)
  • Obtain and record permission to gather/transform/analyze/annotate/etc. (e.g., fair use determination, permission grant from copyright holder, etc.)
  • Represent (e.g., list or visualize) access constraints (e.g., copyright restrictions) across a heterogeneously-constrained set of objects

[3] All "TG: Annotate" activities share these qualities:

  • Associate a single note/tag/citation/etc. with multiple objects of scholarly interest ("one or more points of attachment"), including objects of different types (e.g., text, video, audio)
  • Associate a single note/tag/citation/etc. with a scholar-defined part of an object or set of objects of scholarly interest ("points of attachment" at "demarcated parts" at "arbitrary levels of detail")
  • Classify an annotation as belonging to a type (a note, a tag, a citation, a record of provenance, etc.)
  • Allow annotation to refer to a local, shared or cannonical copy of an object or set of objects of scholarly interest
  • Associate a set of annotations with some standard grammar, taxonomy, or ontology
  • Extract annotations (all or a specified subset) associated with an object or set of objects of scholarly interest in one or more standard grammers
  • Allow annotations to be aggregated in repositories so they can be shared among a community of interest, preserving the contributor's right to set access permissions
  • Associate a persistent URI with an object or set of objects of scholarly interest, including an annotation
  • Reference a persistent URI for an object being annotated
  • An "object of scholarly interest" may be a thing (book, image, etc.) or a service or algorithm used in the course of scholarly activity (e.g., a data mining algorithm applied to a text, using a specific version of service hosted at a specific institution)

[4] All "TG: Preserve" activities share these qualities:

  • Address sustainability issues inherent in any preservation endeavor
  • Address the tension between reasonably sustainable storage resources and the desires of some/many to 'preserve everything'
  • Address copyright constraints
  • Address versioning (preserve versions of an artifact when appropriate)
  • Address methods for determining when a set of preserved materials should be deaccessioned
  • Provide for notification of appropriate, interested individuals and communities when a digital collection's sustainability or accessibility is threatened
  • Preserve materials in conformity with broadly accepted standards, such as ISO's OAIS (Open Archive Information System) standard
  • Preserve materials in such a way that they can be found when needed (cf. "Discover" and "Annotate" theme groups)
  • Preserve materials such that appropriate access controls are in-place
  • Preserve context, accommodating ambiguous (fuzzy) context
  • Avoid needless duplication of digital resources when preserving materials
  • Migrate digital materials from deprecated (or soon-to-be-deprecated) to supported formats, for which tools and practices will continue to exist that render the digital record for human comprehension
  • Migrate digital materials from deprecated (or soon-to-be-deprecated) to supported storage technologies (e.g., repositories, databases)

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