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This wiki space contains archival documentation of Project Bamboo, April 2008 - March 2013.

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Group 1 - Service Framework and Institutional Support

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Institutional cooperation

  • How do we bring localized coalitions into evidence?
  • How do we get senior admin to buy in?
  • Role of criticial mass
  • One time $$ vs. continuing funds
  • What is the process for tool building
  • Identification of expert communities
  • can Bamboo have a funding mechanism?

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Services framework

  • Practice and do (creators) vs. analyzers/critics & reviewers
    Creators
  • Need for space
  • Capture (question)
  • How do we account for performance?
    Analyzers/critics
  • Emphasis heavily weighted here
    V.R.E.
  • Digital feeds (question) tools
    How might we make sure framework accommodates and supports the live creative act

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  • How will existing tools and input devices be modified/accommodated to fit into framework
    Discussion: why are we here working on Bamboo while there are so many similar projects

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a) How do we pair resources w/ scholarly projects?
b) How do we get admin buy-in and how will this be funded?
c) What will the process be by which tools/communities evolve/be instantiated?
d) How do we institutionalize this?

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a) How do we pair projects with the framework?
b) How will existing tools be made to fit with service framework?
c) How might we make sure framework supports the LIVE creative act?

Group 2 - Standards and Education

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STANDARDS

  • Can we learn about the common pitfalls
  • Ease of use and effectiveness of s. from existing projects in order to know which to use or avoid
  • How do we communicate what standards are, how they function and when to use them
  • Can B help to reconcile conflicting tool standards?
  • How can Bamboo remain open to new standards and participate of standards by others
  • How does Bamboo serve as a clearinghouse for best practices as well as standards

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EDUCATION (NOT TRAINING)
How do we shift emphasis
Mentoring, outreach, communication

  • Can we demonstrate exemplary e-scholarship?
  • How do we reach out to non e-humanists?
  • Should e-scholarship practices/methods be part of mainstream curriculum?
    1) How do we develop digital humanists
  • How do we attract humanists to the digital
  • Can we explain e-scholarship on people's/faculty's own terms
  • Can younger scholars mentor others?
  • Can Bamboo reach out to interpretive scholars as well as methodological scholars?

Group 3 - Institutional Support and Advocacy

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ADVOCACY

  • Should PB have an advocacy role in changing promotion & tenure criteria?
  • Should PB be involved in "solving" high commonality IP problems?
  • Should PB have an advocacy role (ongoing) for community standards-adoption/services-adoption
  • How does advocacy occur (what form, how to leverage)
  • To what extent should PJ members be expected to adopt PB standards/services?
  • How are PB decisions/recommendations made?
  • How do we involve the international community?
  • Should PB advocate? (Stage I - for itself/value proposition, Stage II - for its work products) - stages of maturity
  • What are the boundaries of PJ advocacy?
  • How does PB decide what's worth advocating for?

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INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

  • What are the terms of partnership?
  • How can PB facilitate/nurture inter/intra-institutional partnerships among academic, IT, library collaborators?
  • How does PB engage institutions?
  • How does PB engage institutions that lack IT resources?
  • How do you generalize when there is such a varied landscape?
  • What are useful institutional models that might inform institutional
  • Development of PB or other institutions
  • What does 'success' look like?
  • What can we learn from other orgs?
  • What works - what hasn't/doesn't?
  • How can PB learn about successful models? Lessons learned.

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ADVOCACY
1) How can PB determine the boundaries of its remit with respect to advocacy on high-commodity problems (e.g. identity management, IP, P&T) and how can priorities among these issues be set?
2) At the different phases of PB development, what are the concrete mechanisms of advocacy: who advocates and towards what objective?

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INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
1) How can PB gain an adequate understanding of existing models of institutional partnership and lessons learned?
2) How can PB engage effectively with the wide range of institutional capacity and scarcity in IT resources?

Group 6 - Service Framework and Social Networks

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SERVICES FRAMEWORK

  • Has it been done already in a way that works (or that didn't)
  • Open vs proprietary
  • Measures of success
  • Institutional commitment models (incentives)

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  • Priority service selection
  • How to assure connection to needs & practice
  • Driver - is it bottlenck?
  • Shaping message - democratizing of scholarship
  • Cost/benefit
  • Relevance of scholarship

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Service...
PLE <-> PSE
Connection to practice

  • Collaboration
  • Networking
    Enhance and transform
  • What is this group's lens?

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  • How to structure and attract & promote
  • How to capitalize on existing networks
  • How to define target groups (by discipline? research tools (question) ...)

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NETWORKING
"Human network"

  • What concerns do researchers have about networking (e.g. reputation, ID)
  • Research output? <-> Researcher

Group 7 - Social Networks and Standards

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Social Network(ing)

  • Focus/propose/HOOK
  • Community building
  • Facilitate research
  • Need to connect, share, sustain, new shared culture
  • Create inter-connectedness
    1) Vocabulary
    2) Mutual understanding/translation
    3) Discovery of shared interests
    4) Exchange ideas about future directions

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Questions:
1) How to create a safe place and be open?
2) How to attract and retain users?

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Standards & specifications

  • Guidelines/format for data exchange
  • Translators for existing projects
  • Framework of standardization (see diagram)
  • Survey of existing systems (see diagram)
  • Transparent utilization

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Standards & specifications
1) What should/should not be standardized?
2) How will these flex/change over time? Decision making

Group 8 - Standards and Education

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Standards ≊ best practices

  • Purpose of faculty must drive standards
  • Faculty engagement (as research intent also grad students)
  • Must address political and theoretical dimensions of st.
  • Contribution of professional academic org

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  • Different models/examples of standards
  • Relevance of standards to peer review practices
  • Open vs. proprietary standards
  • Creative Commons licenses

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  • Bamboo should NOT create and maintain profiles of standards but should identify best meta-practices
    Purposes
  • Low entry barriers
  • Interoperability
  • Openness
  • "Graceful degradation" and flexibility

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1) How does Bamboo (question) itself vis a vis standards to meet the needs of scholars
2) How to engage with professional academic organizations

  • Peer review

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Education:

  • Importance of U.G.
  • Lifelong learning
  • Larger public good
    Relation to other ones' address education
    e.g. NITLE
    Open educative (question)

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  • Education? Or (question) Outreach? C.R.
    What does 'ed' mean here?
  • Development
  • Marketing/outreach
    What sort of educative practices might be closed (question) out?

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2) What new forms of education might Bamboo ground (question)
e.g. situated
teacher <-> students
What forms might be choked out?

Group 10 - Institutional Support and Education

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  • What can Bamboo do to help smaller institutions?
  • How can we connect people at R1 institutions to smaller institutions?
    FACILITATE

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EDUCATION
1) What is the relevant training for humanities + arts faculty that Bamboo can bring?

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Bamboo as a training provider?
Design and implement workshop?
A balance between "Bamboo provides courses" and "Bamboo doesn't do any training; curriculum, Bamboo-authorized" (see diagram)

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Not wasting time vs. doing hard work -> EDUCATION

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  • Worried about training for faculty
  • Need something more meaningful - not just learning software
  • Training if it's needed is a bad sign
  • Clearinghouse of success

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INSTITUTIONAL

  • Big vs small institutions
  • What consortia are good models?
  • Working together out of necessity - that can lead to meaningful collaboration - need consortia to help?

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TRAINING

  • Faculty are willing to invest a lot of time if it's close to their research
    METHODS
  • Text analysis
  • Data mining
  • Etc
    That aren't trivia/ TRUST stable services

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EDUCATION

  • What is relevant training? Of optimal use to faculty?
    INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
  • Should Bamboo develop reasons why digital humanities should get more support?
  • Service ON collaboration?

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SERVICE VS COLLABORATION

  • Technologist serving humanities research OR co-researchers?
    EDUCATION
  • Sweet spot? for Bamboo?
  • Will Bamboo be of any interest to scholars + to what degree?

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Institutional Support

  • Is the institution the right (only?) way to ask this question? (discipline? learned society?)
  • $
  • Institution commits to Bamboo - how are services then defined? Services are squishier than a wedding cake diagram

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Who sets the agenda?

  • Balance faculty-initiated needs with cross-institutional needs?
  • Groups within institution - students and practitioners of "new" techniques - how to include?
  • Build local teams of library, faculty, IT, etc
  • Top-down or bottom-up? Both will happen -> how do you balance it?

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  • Source of cross-institutional grants
    Need a value proposition
  • Demonstrators
  • Grant-seeking
  • Arrange larger consortia for licensing, vendor relations
  • Open content movement (links)
    Success breeds success

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Social Network

  • Both top-down and bottom-up
  • Must be respected - link to institutional support
  • Reveals limitations of cutting off disciplines at "Humanities"
  • What is it for? Expertise discovery? Education and training?
  • Can take better advantage of student pool? Revolving door of tech and discipline

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  • Too narrow? ( + Blogs), not just Facebook
  • Networks not networking
  • Institution - Institution connections, shared ID
  • Can't solve problems within every institution
  • Practices Discussion should be ongoing, not just workshop 1

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  • How to draw us out of silos
  • Reinforce the "we"
  • Danger - excess of caution, excess of dross