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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.

Introduction to this Section

This is a developing draft of materials to help prepare the case for Bamboo.  We will use these materials to flesh out the argument for Bamboo in the full version of the Bamboo Implementation Proposal (section 2 of the proposal) and, in the future, to prepare separate, stand alone "case statements" for Bamboo as well.  

We need case statements materials for several different audiences. First, leaders at local institutions such as Presidents, Chancellors, Provosts, Deans, Heads of Libraries, and/or CIOs. These leaders will decide whether and to what degree their local institution should commit resources to the Bamboo Project. Second, case statements will be needed for funders from foundations (private and federal) and corporations. Such funders will need to understand the broad, multi-institutional, and in some cases international value that Bamboo provides. Third, we see the need for case statements that can speak to the very large community of those engaged with humanities scholarship world-wide (perhaps as many as 100,000 individuals). This third community is critical to the large-scale engagement with Bamboo in the long-term.

Below we've posted an updated list of arguments for participation and/or investment in Bamboo based on feedback we've received so far from the Bamboo community. 

We continue to seek the Bamboo Community's suggestions on:

* What should be changed and added to any of these particular arguments?
* What additional arguments should be added?
* Which arguments are most appropriate for different audiences?

As you read these materials please note:

* By "arts and humanities" or "humanities" we mean the set of disciplines that make up the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences.
* In the complete version of the Bamboo Implementation Proposal these arguments will be contextualized with overview information about Bamboo and may also be reordered and/or combined.

Case Statement Materials: Reasons to Participate and Invest in Bamboo

  1. Build Cyberinfrastructure for Teaching, Learning, Research, and Public Engagement for the Arts and Humanities. The Bamboo community believes that investment in common cyberinfrastructure for the humanities can and should serve all of the core purposes of humanities scholarship: undergraduate and graduate education, the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge, and higher education's engagement with civil society in support of humanistic understanding.

  2. Support the Breadth of the Arts and Humanities and Range of Experience with Technology. Bamboo strives to provide benefit to the broad range of disciplines in the arts and humanities, and to scholars at nearly every level of technology adoption. For humanities researchers who are deeply engaged with digital technologies, Bamboo seeks to provide shared services and infrastructure so that scholars can spend more time on research and teaching and less time sustaining technologies and managing technologists. For humanities faculty and students who want to explore what is possible in their field, Bamboo can provide multiple avenues to connect to what other scholars have done with digital technology, see what next steps to take, and learn how to use shared services.

  3. Create Sustainable Collaborations Across Boundaries. The Bamboo philosophy is centered in bringing together colleagues from the humanities, computer and information sciences, the library, museums and archival collections, university presses, learned societies, and information technology organizations. Bamboo's community model works to make this happen on campus, between campuses, and with other organizations and partners central to the cyberinfrastructure for humanities. Participation in Bamboo thus gives a focus and locus of activity for faculty and staff on a campus to work together in a coordinated fashion to further research and integrate resources.

  4. Understand Scholarly Practices, Search for Commonalities, Build Shared Software Services. In Bamboo, teams of humanities scholars and technologists work together to understand scholarly practice, now and in the future. They use this growing body of qualitative and quantitative data to search for commonalities across disciplines. From these commonalities of need, they build reusable software components that can be exposed and combined as shared services for the humanities. In this way, collaborative research about humanities scholarship drives the development of software.

  5. Focus on Data for Scholarship: Make it Easier for Scholars to Analyze, Curate, and Share Data for the Humanities. The collections in our libraries, archives, and museums, and the new digital collections waiting to be built from an evolving human culture, are the wellspring of humanities scholarship. Many challenges abound for scholars and content stewards in the humanities in relation to finding, digitizing, curating, preserving, and interconnecting data and content of all types.  Bamboo can not solve all of these problems, but it can make a real difference by working collectively with faculty, libraries, and museums to build shared data services as part of a common cyberinfrastructure. In time, Bamboo may be able to provide "data tests" that will enable services to conform to particular interchange models and make it easier for scholars, data managers, and tool builders to use, interconnect, and make available humanities content.

  6. Sustain Digital Scholarship with Common Infrastructure. At the heart of Bamboo is the development of sustainable infrastructure for shared technology services across institutions. This will allow digital humanities projects to transition from project-specific applications to longer-lived, broadly supported, efficiently operated, and widely reused services. The Bamboo Services Platform, combined with a partnership process to help existing applications make use of a services model, is the core to this infrastructure. Bamboo believes a sustainable infrastructure for shared services will set the stage for a future in which many scholars can easily discover, combine, and re-mix content and technology to create new forms of research and teaching.

  7. Participate in a Technological Ecosystem for Innovation. Bamboo's philosophy is to leverage and fit in with a much larger ecosystem of tools, content repositories, community source programs, cyberinfrastructure initiatives, and open standard offerings from technology corporations. Bamboo will realize this goal by focusing on the platforms, APIs (programming interfaces), models for data exchange and interoperability, and "gadgets" for services. In this way Bamboo can connect with a wide range of collaborative environments, collections, and applications — thus harnessing innovation from many fields, many technologies beyond Bamboo. In addition, Bamboo will help to coordinate and participate in discussions about critical technical standards across higher education.

  8. Leverage Investments, Save Time, Share Expertise. Throughout its efforts, Bamboo is looking for ways in which small and large higher education institutions can partner together to leverage investments, share expertise, and support the academic and professional development of a cadre of scholars, librarians, technologists, and researchers who can work together for the long term to support the humanities.

  9. Help Lead an International Effort to Advance Humanities Scholarship. Leadership in Bamboo is an opportunity for an institution to partner with other colleges, centers, and organizations globally to nurture technology-enhanced research and teaching in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences. By participating in Bamboo, an institution can leverage the broader community's expertise to solve problems, shape methods for sharing tools and content across disciplines, and influence the direction of humanities research. Participation in Bamboo can be an important means to attract and retain researchers, staff, and students. Helping to lead Bamboo is a concrete step your institution can take to support and advance the humanities locally and across higher education.

  10. Grow a Long-Term Community that Can Support Cyberinfrastructure Across Many Institutions, Many Disciplines.  The Bamboo Community Model is designed from the start to realize and balance three principles required for a sustainable, higher education community source project.  First, enable shared governance of the project by multiple higher education institutions and a philosophy of community design that encourages and recognizes contributions from many participants.  Second, make sure that things get built and done by implementing appropriate forms of project management for different parts of the Bamboo project (e.g., software development that is central to the project will be managed in a focused and disciplined way).  Third, ensure the long-term sustainability of Bamboo's efforts by asking institutions to formally contribute to the project from the start, and work actively to grow the number of institutions who are partners in Bamboo's provision of the Bamboo Commons and Bamboo Services Platform.

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    It is not clear upon reading this version if all the comments posted to v0.3 of the Case Statements have been included here?  See Statements v0.3 comments posted in late May and early June by several commentators (including myself).  If they are included, it may be they are not as clearly highlighted as might have been expected?  Thanks for considering these!