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Coordinating Principles

The following text is taken from the 6 July 2010 draft of the Project Bamboo Technology Proposal to the Mellon Foundation.

Project Bamboo will adhere to these basic principles

  • The project is a collaborative and integrated software development and deployment initiative. We will leverage skills and knowledge across institutions. We will invest in developing the collective capacity of our teams and institutions.
  • The nature of integration will be appropriate to the project. Some areas of the project will require tightly integrated project teams, developers, and management, for example, platform development. Some areas of the project can be more loosely coupled, for example, the two Work Spaces development teams.
  • We will expect institutional teams to have at a minimum a local project leader, software developer, and technical project management staff.
  • We will build an active culture of wiki¬≠based collaboration, and we will encourage communication and transparency. Project participants will regularly communicate with each other and will share documentation and reflection on 53 work practices. This is particularly important in a distributed technology endeavor.
  • Project partners and staff will engage with, learn from, and share information with humanities scholars, librarians, software developers, IT staff, and technology consortia outside of Project Bamboo.

Additional areas to be addressed in subsequent iterations of this page

The following are placeholders for additional areas for which coordinating principles have yet to be defined

  • Balancing home-institution needs against Project Bamboo's community goals
  • Making near-term choices (service design, standards adoption, integration APIs) that support longer-term, strategic goals of the evolving Project Bamboo Consortium
  • Decision making processes, including
    • appropriate breadth of participation for different categories of decisions;
    • appropriate circumstances in which decisions not resolved through open discussion and/or debate are "escalated"

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