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This is an outline for Phase 1 (24 months) of a Bamboo Implementation Proposal.

The purpose of this document is to provide information to institutions and organizations participating in the Bamboo Planning Process so that they can help determine (1) the long term future of Bamboo and (2) define what activities Bamboo will carry out in its first implementation phase. The intent of this document is to solicit community input toward the ongoing development and revision of the implementation proposal. As this is an early draft, it is not yet a commitment to carry out all or any of this work.

Please note that we are updating this document frequently based on wide ranging input from the Bamboo community. These updates will occur periodically and will be indicated as ".1", ".2", ".3", etc updates. In addition, we will occasionally make major document revisions. These are noted as "1.X", "2.X", and so forth. Between major document revisions there may be some inconsistencies in language used between the sections of the document.

4.4 - Bamboo Community

4.4.1 Summary

The Bamboo Community consists of individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions that have expressed interest in staying connected with, participating in the development of, or using services and resources delivered by Bamboo and its members. Knitting together the work of the community to the greatest benefit for its members, affiliates, and the broader Bamboo community is a major area of focus for Bamboo.

4.4.2 Description

The Bamboo Community area of work consists of three related elements:

  • community development
  • communications and outreach
  • virtual collaboration

Community Development

The Bamboo planning project demonstrated the value of collaboration that extends across multiple boundaries and the importance of bringing individuals together both physically and virtually. This gathering of individuals brought together by a common goal where ideas are discussed, concerns are shared, and direction adjusted is central to the ongoing success and relevance of Bamboo.

The community development element will focus on sustaining and growing the Bamboo Community, continuing the dialogue with Bamboo Members and Affiliates, and exploring ways to connect Bamboo with the diverse range of institutions, organizations, and individuals who lead, shape, participate, and consume the resources, services, and capabilities afforded by Bamboo. This element is focused inward toward the participants who contribute to Bamboo.

Some areas that fall under community development include:

  • conferences and workshops
  • community meetings
  • member professional development
  • community programs and events

More detail based on community conversations and reflections needs to be added throughout this section.

Communications and Outreach

If community development represents growing and sustaining the community of individuals, members, affiliates, and organizations, the communications and outreach element shares the work and potential of Bamboo with the world. The role of communications and outreach is to express the value and evolving role of Bamboo in scholarship, research, teaching, technology, content and beyond.

The communications and outreach element, as the name suggests, is focused outward toward those who may be interested in the contributions and efforts of Bamboo. Participants in this element assume content direction and editorial responsibilities for Bamboo's materials, documents, and publications. They are actively engaged in editing and refining the public content of and work with the Project Bamboo Office to guide large-scale communications and outreach work that may be coordinated through members, affiliates or outside firms.

Some of the areas that fall under communications and outreach include:

  • content of
  • online and print material
  • podcasts, news feeds and press releases
  • partner events and activities at conferences
  • publishing and promoting Bamboo recommended practices and specifications

More detail based on community conversations and reflections needs to be added throughout this section.

Virtual Collaboration

The final element, community collaboration, ties together both the inward and outward facing elements of this area of work. Given the global nature of the community and the range and breadth of participants, developing a virtual collaboration model that supports the broader community, its working groups, the Project Executive Committee, and Leadership Council is vital to longevity of Bamboo.

In this case, virtual collaboration includes the definition and deployment of a virtual research environment (VRE) for Bamboo, an integrated online environment for outreach (, and various tools to assist with community collaboration, both synchronous and asynchronous. Work in this area should:

  • promote the goals and values of Bamboo
  • demonstrate the services approach and capabilities promoted by Bamboo
  • support contributions by community members as appropriate
  • emphasize openness in collaboration, communication, and technology

More detail based on community conversations and reflections needs to be added throughout this section.

4.4.3 Value

As was learned during the planning process, one of the greatest potentials within Bamboo is within its community of scholars, technologists, content experts and engaged professionals who are open and willing to working together to enhance arts and humanities research, teaching, and learning through the adoption and use of sharable technologies, content and services. This community spans different types of institutions, across multiple disciplines and fields, and extends beyond regional, national and international boundaries.

Through Bamboo and its community, the potential exists for a French professor at an institution in the western United States to discover a subset of individuals who can help her develop a new pedagogical tool that will plug into the campus learning management system. Based on her exploration of the Bamboo community, she seeks advice from an ethnographer in eastern Australia who, in turn, contacts a specific digital media specialist in the central United States with a specific technical question. That specialist works on a digital cinema project with a team in Italy that is contributing a collection of core Bamboo services in partnership with a research group in the United Kingdom. A select number of those services will directly benefit the professor, and the professor is asked if she wishes to join the services project and contribute her ideas to the effort. She agrees as by participating in the service contribution project, she will be able to take advantage of the work of others and minimize the amount of time, effort, and money that will be needed to launch her original idea for a tool. As an added benefit, the major elements of the project involve capabilities delivered through the Bamboo Services Platform, thus minimizing the impact on her campus IT organization.

The original query flows through the community, solutions are found, and opportunities for further collaboration are created by tapping the broad network of people, teams, and projects that participate in Bamboo. Technology is the foundation that Bamboo is built upon, but it is through the interactions with people where Bamboo's potential is achieved.

More detail based on community conversations and reflections needs to be added throughout this section.

4.4.4 Work Plan

The three elements of Bamboo Community – community development, communications and outreach, and virtual collaboration – identify several areas of activity that span the Explore, Plan, Build approach that is layer into the participation model of Bamboo, some of which are outlined here.

More detail based on community conversations and reflections needs to be added throughout this section.

  • Explore: The overarching role for Explore is to keep looking forward, keeping its eyes both inward to ensure Bamboo stays connected with its community and continues to be relevant to its members and outward to make sure Bamboo connects with communities and groups beyond its boundaries.

Turning to specifics, the Explore in community development actively uncovers gaps in community awareness and experience and recommends options and strategies for addressing such gaps. In addition, Explore "takes the pulse" of the community and helps to shift development emphasis and programs over time. For communications and outreach, Explore suggests ways to better connect with the broader global environment of scholars, technologists and other communities at large. The Explore role in Virtual Collaboration centers on improving ways in which the community works together through the use of technology.

More detail based on community conversations and reflections needs to be added throughout this section.

  • Plan: The Plan role in the Bamboo Community is rather substantial as it shapes how Bamboo will connect with its members and the world at large. From shaping programs and messages to planning the structure and modes of collaboration for the community to specifying the community VRE and its components, Plan will articulate the values of Bamboo through communication strategy and the collaboration infrastructure of the project.

More detail based on community conversations and reflections needs to be added throughout this section.

  • Build: The Build activity will involve the implementation of the Bamboo VRE which will replace and consolidate the public web environment.

More detail based on community conversations and reflections needs to be added throughout this section.

To accommodate the academic calendar and the varying demands of teaching and research projects, intensive work in this area will be broken up into two phases, which follow the same pattern but build on one another.

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  1. Unknown User (

    ATTENDEES: Rick, Worthy, Dick, Chad

    We recommend that section 4.4 be folded in to section 5 as core activity of Bamboo. The community element should also include advocacy, expressing best practice, and draw together related outreach ideas, needs, etc. from the various program areas. It should also have an appropriate level of representation in the Project Executive Committee.

    The virtual collaboration elements outlined in 4.4.2 should replace and and become the collaborative environment for the Members and Community. It should reflect the values of Bamboo and enable "connections, community and collaboration." At a base level, it should support the work of Bamboo and its project working groups. Beyond that, it should be a window into Bamboo and provide a pathway for the community to build connections across Bamboo members including some concepts introduced in the early Exchange discussions. From a technical standpoint, it should be able to host the gadgets created by Bamboo and the services provisioned by Bamboo.

    We believe we should launch a "demonstrator" of interested members, gather requirements as an Explore activity, Plan a replacement for and, and instantiate the deployment as a Build activity prior to the end of December 2009.

  2. Unknown User (

    A messy comment on the Virtual Collaboration section.  I'm not at all clear on what this means (the Bamboo VRE and such) - can we give some details, functions, sense of who the users would be, etc?  And clarify the relationship to other pieces, like the former BCE, the wiki replacement, the Scholarly Networking area, etc?  Sorry to not be clear here....