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WORK IN PROGRESS

This is a DRAFT of the Bamboo Implementation Proposal and is being published in this form to solicit community input toward developing and refining the scope of work for the first 12-24 months of Bamboo. Because this is merely a draft, there is not a commitment to carry out all, a subset or any of this work until the document is finalized and formally released.

4 - Areas of Work

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Two major areas of activity are described for the initial implementation phase of Bamboo. In combination, these areas aim to realize a portion of the Bamboo vision articulated in the Program Document of a "Forum" across disciplines and communities concerned with the humanities and digital humanities; as well as that of building the "Cloud" - a shared and sustainable infrastructure for digital scholarship across institutions and organizations in higher education.

The scope of this activity was derived from discussions and voting within the Bamboo Community during the Bamboo Planning Project. The source of the discussion was centered around the 7-10 year Program Document that was presented at Bamboo Workshop 4 (April 16-18, 2009); as well as the v0.5 discussion draft of the Bamboo Implementation Proposal, discussed and voted on at Bamboo Workshop 5 (June 17-19, 2009). The Bamboo Leadership Council provided further direction and refinement, leading to the major areas of work described here.

What began as eleven areas of work outlined in the 7-10 year Bamboo Program Document has now been combined and narrowed into two areas work for the first two years of implementation. The table below illustrates the the relationship of Program Document to this proposal.

Mapping Areas of Work: Program Document Discussion Draft to Bamboo Implementation Proposal

Program Document Discussion Draft 1.0

 

Bamboo Implementation v0.6

3.1 Scholarly Network

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4.1 - Bamboo Commons

4.2 Bamboo Exchange

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4.1 - Bamboo Commons

3.2 Scholarly Narratives

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4.1 - Bamboo Commons

3.3 Recipes (Workflow)

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4.1 - Bamboo Commons

3.4 Tools & Content Guide

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4.1 - Bamboo Commons

3.5 Education & Curricular Materials

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4.1 - Bamboo Commons

4.1 Services Atlas

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4.1 - Bamboo Commons

4.4 Tool and Application Alignment Partnerships (TAAP)

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4.2 - Bamboo Services Platform

4.5 Content Interoperability Partnerships (CIP)

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4.2 - Bamboo Services Platform

4.3 Shared Services Lifecycle

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4.2 - Bamboo Services Platform

3.6 Bamboo Community Environment(s)

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5 - Project Management & Governance

4.1 - Bamboo Commons

The Bamboo Commons will enable scholars (including researchers and instructors), artists, librarians, technologists, and others to identify and connect with each other based on self-defined profiles describing their work, methodologies, areas of interest, expertise, and history. Any participant may initiate or join communities-of-interest to focus interaction, discovery, contribution in the Commons; and to facilitate collaboration and exchange, within the Commons and beyond.

Connection and interaction includes interchange through multiple media formats, threaded discussion, and collaborative curation of structured description of scholarly practice. Interaction may be organized around any topic, and/or may focus on Commons elements that describe research, pedagogy, creative work, or cultural artifacts. Commons activity will be enabled, archived, interlinked, and made discoverable, providing a record that will itself inform assessment of technology's impact on the humanities.

Interaction focused around methodology, digital tools and services, and digital content will provide a forum for broad community engagement in design and evolution of technology that supports arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences. Through this engagement, scholarship will drive technical evolution and innovation, most directly impacting the Commons-facilitated evolution of services running on the Bamboo Services Platform.

The Commons will be designed to fit into platforms, systems, virtual research environments (VREs), and tools that provide the most natural and familiar avenues of digital engagement, whether those environments are local to an institution, specific to a disciplinary society, or unite diverse communities by providing functionality useful across traditional borders.

Commons participants will be able to identify, filter, and engage with a growing network of individuals and material through a variety of search and discovery methods, from keyword searches to algorithmically derived concepts, from association with communities of interest to characteristics of ratings and reviews contributed by trusted experts. Commons materials will include direct community contributions, seeded and incentivized by programs developed as part of Bamboo implementation, as well as valued stores of content harvested from or linked to repositories not associated or loosely affiliated with Bamboo.

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4.2 - Bamboo Services Platform

The Bamboo Services Platform (Platform) will provide a common set of technologies on which services can be made available to communities of scholarship, pedagogy, and the arts. Bamboo Services will run (be deployed) on this Platform, much like web browsers and word processors run on an operating system (e.g., Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, or Linux).

Specific humanities projects and particular tools for scholarship will benefit both from software development and deployment processes that define a Bamboo Services Lifecycle, and from the availability of a growing body of shared, reusable services that can be composed to provide direct benefit to work in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences. These are long-term goals, but they will be advanced in measurable stages through partnerships between Bamboo and extant projects of proven value to digital humanists; as well as partnerships with owners/custodians of valued stores of digital content, aimed at facilitating content management and advancing interoperability among key repositories and with highly valued tools and services.

Sustainability - the useful life of software - will be addressed by subjecting valued services to rigorous engineering processes and standards to broaden their applicability and capacity; while increasing value and uptake through exposure, critique, and community design evolving in the Bamboo Commons. Economic leverage will be achieved by providing a distributed, scalable means of running and managing services, decreasing cost and pressure on data centers hosted by individual institutions and organizations. An initial set of services deployed to prove the successful implementation of the Platform will include services that support and realize the Bamboo Commons.

Standardized infrastructure choices and automated procedures for realizing those choices will save money, time, and aggravation for humanists and support staff who must otherwise sink funds and effort into choosing, maintaining, and operating technology, hindering direct engagement with teaching and research.

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