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Future Directions

At Bamboo Workshop 2 we will take the next step in narrowing down the focus and scope of Project Bamboo.  In the four instances of Bamboo Workshop 1 we gathered information about possible "Future Directions" for Bamboo in the final exercise of each of these workshops.  We published the raw data from these exercises on the Bamboo Planning wiki at the start of August 2008.  We then asked members of the Bamboo community to help with the interpretation of this data by contributing individual "Future Directions."  The Bamboo program staff have reviewed the raw data and and helped to contribute to individual "Future Directions."

In preparation for workshop 2 the Bamboo program staff have taken the first pass at narrowing the wide range of recommendations from workshop 1 and the planning wiki about Bamboo "Future Directions."  We propose seven major categories of Bamboo "Directions" for discussion at Workshop 2.  We will hold breakout groups at the workshop about each of the proposed directions.  Based on the discussion at Workshop 2, we will establish a number of working groups immediately after the workshop to carry out further analysis and definition of possible deliverables for the Bamboo Implementation Proposal (again, this proposal and the consortium of partners who support it are the major outcome of the Bamboo Planning Project).  At Workshop 3 (January 2009), working groups will convene to present and discuss their work.

Below you will find a summary list of these Bamboo directions and then a more detailed breakdown of each major direction including the data sources from which the direction is drawn and possible questions to be discussed Workshop 2. As has been the case throughout the workshops, the term "arts and humanities" refers to the following range of academic disciplines: practice of art; the study of languages, literatures, and arts, past and present; philosophy; history; and humanistic inquiry in social-science disciplines such as anthropology. Research in the humanities refers to artistic achievement (for example, musical composition; sculpture; or choreography) as well as scholarly work.

Bamboo "Directions" Summary List:

1. Advocacy: Publication, Academic Recognition, Intellectual Property

2. Education and Training

3. Institutional Partnerships and Support

4. Social Networking: Creating a Community of Humanities Scholars, Researchers, Domain Experts, and Technical Specialists

5. Tool and Repository Partners: Interoperability, Evaluation, and Demonstrator Projects

6. Standards and Specifications

7. Services Framework

Direction Title

Description and Links

Workshop 2 Breakout Group Questions - Initial List

Possible Post-Workshop 2 Working Group(s)

1. Advocacy: Publication, Academic Recognition, and Intellectual Property

This direction blends together issues from individual "Future Directions" that include:  "'To Bamboo' means 'To Advocate'", "New Models of Publication", "Advocacy and Policy: Intellectual Property", and "Dean's Council on Tenure and Promotion"

What new forms and modes of digital publication will advance the humanities?  What are the challenges of academic recognition generated by these new forms of publication?  How can we advance intellectual property regimes to support humanities scholarship and artistic practice?  And what are the boundaries of these questions in relationship to Project Bamboo's focus on shared technology services to advance humanities scholarship---that is, to what degree and in what way should these complex questions be addressed (and not addressed) by Bamboo?


2. Education and Training

See "Education, Training, and Learning Together"

How do we educate faculty, researchers, and graduate students on the possibilities afforded by shared services and infrastructure? What skills do the current and next-generation scholars need to acquire? What should training and professional development look like? What opportunities around education and training are created by having a Bamboo community?

Education & Training

3. Institutional Partnerships and Support

Woven into the discussions at Workshop 1 were comments and ideas regarding aligning people, resources, and services within an institution to better support, scale and sustain technology-based research, teaching and scholarship.

What are the models of partnership on campus between arts and humanities faculty, humanities centers, libraries, computer and information sciences, and information technology units?  What are the characteristics of successful and unsuccessful models?  What kind of institutional support is needed to sustain these models?  To what degree can institutions leverage Project Bamboo to garner greater support within a campus or organization?

Institutional Support

4. Social Networking: Creating a community of humanities scholars, researchers, domain experts, and technical specialists

This direction blends ""To Bamboo' means 'To Convene'", "Create a Humanities Marketplace" and "A Social Network of Humanities Scholars, Researchers, Domain Experts, and Technical Specialists".

Assuming a broad social network that is above disciplines and virtual organizations but more specialized than generic environments like MySpace and Facebook, what would be the goal and purpose of the network? What might such a network look like and what should it include? What aspects would be most important to the community? What aspects would be of less importance or should not be included at all? How might a social network relate to and/or support the other proposed directions for Bamboo?

Social Networks

5. Standards and Specifications

See "A Body to Further Common Protocols, Standards and Principles"

How should Bamboo identify and adopt common standards and protocols? What kinds of standards and specifications are most important to Bamboo? Least important? What might the standards and specifications life cycle look like (identification, adoption, revision, replacement, retirement)? Should the community create standards and specifications or adopt the work of others? On a related note, should Bamboo create and manage profiles of standards that are organized and vetted for use by the community? How should Bamboo relate to established standards and specifications activities and organizations? How should Bamboo address interoperability and stability through standards without stifling innovation and falling prey to technical stagnation?

Standards & Specifications

6. Tool and Repository Partners: Interoperability, Evaluation, and Demonstrators

This direction blends together "Tools and Services - Survey, Analysis, Registry, Skunkworks, Demonstrators", "Access to multiple, federated sources of Digital Content in the Humanities", "A Social Networking Tool or Environment".

What should Bamboo do to engage tool developers, content providers, and commercial services?  What are the productive relationships between tool developers and the evolution of a services framework?  What can we do to foster, promote, and encourage interoperability among these groups? How might common standards and specifications promote or limit interactions with tool and repository partners? What is the ongoing value of demonstrators and should they be an integral part of Bamboo moving forward? How can Bamboo demonstrate value to tool and repository partners in both the short and long term? How can Bamboo build trust with tool and repository partners?

Tool & Repository Partners

7. Services Framework

This direction is the foundational aspect of Bamboo.  It blends together information found in such individual future directions as "'To Bamboo' means 'To Enable'" and "A Services Framework for Sharing Tools and Using Resources".

Please see the initial posting on Theme Groups and the forthcoming presentation (on Thursday, October 16th at Bamboo Workshop 2; slides to be posted then) on "Services Roadmap: The Big Picture".

Services Framework