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

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Group 1b-A


•    Humanities inform IS/CS
•    Communication between groups
•    Not too much focus on tools & applications
•    Approach to make the JW(question) work
•    Room for creativity & open endeavors - conversation, experimentation
•    IS/CS <-> H (crossing boundaries)
•    Looking at same concept with different lenses
•    Pattern/similarity/productivity vs. variations/incompatibility/performance
•    Interdisciplinary conversations & inter. cog.
•    Communication - needs structure
•    Open source/open access vs. proprietary (not a binary distinction)
•    Artistic, creative uses of technologuhies

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Group 1b-B


•    Accomplishments
o    Transform ed/scholarship
o    Identify shared services
o    Developing collaborative practices
o    Promote/advocate for digital scholarship
o    Herd cats/dogs/pigeons effectively
o    Be/create the tipping point to bring about an "aha" or wow factor to humanities scholarship
•    Questions
o    How can Bamboo be made more visible?
o    How can Bamboo adapt/use what's already out there?
o    How can Bamboo facilitate information sharing among the community?
o    How can PB articulate the incentives/rewards for building shared services?
o    How can PB manage/reference ownership/responsibility issues for the sustainability of the enterprise?
o    How are the infrastructure needs of the arts & humanities different from STEM communities?

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Group 1b-C


•    'Find stakeholders'
•    'Curious'
•    'Interbreed'
•    'Institutional boundary'
•    'Subtlety + competing desires'
•    'Sandbox'
•    'Where are the grad students?'

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Group 1b-D


•    "Model"
•    Using Bamboo process as a model for central IT to understand scholarly practices
•    "Credibility"
•    Legitimize new scholarly process enabled by shared method - -ologies and concepts, at the interface of information science & humanities
o    w/ canonical examples
o    e.g. Powerset + ASP
o    CSPAN database

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Group 1b-E


See Flickr.

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Group 1b-F


Bamboo goals
•    Justice
o    Prompt the discussion
o    Re: standards, funding, promotion and tenure
•    "Academicalizing"
o    Inventory
o    Industry
o    Produce replicable models (sustainability)
•    Questions
o    What is Bamboo's unique contribution?
o    What sort of advocacy
o    Incentives for humanities scholars?
•    Tenure
o    How to introduce digital tech methodologies to students
o    Are we after transformation or simply improvement?
o    How can Bamboo keep up w/ changing technologies?
o    What were the origins of Bamboo?
o    How much is Bamboo strictly web-services oriented?

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Group 1b-G


•    Promote interoperability of data & tools - on the basis of relatable ontologies
•    Adopt open source/community lead(question) + champion?
•    Induce change in scholarship practices (more collaboration, openness)
•    Should produce/build tools to support previous

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Group 1b-H


•    Facilitating collaboration & community
•    Changing relationships among stakeholders (external/internal)
•    Humanities flourishing(question) & defining their own agendas
•    Services vs. tools
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Group 1b-I


What will Bamboo accomplish?
•    Building on the experiences from prior digital projects
•    Give feedback to vendors
•    Move towards commonalities & standards to enable shared access
•    Assist small-scale institutions
•    Validate tech-based scholarship in tenure & promotion
•    Raise awareness of technological capabilities among faculty
•    Raise awareness of technological learning curve for faculty
•    Yocha: Benkler - commons-based peer-production
•    How will Bamboo peer review our suggestions?
•    How will Bamboo integrate other group projects?
•    How digital content creators overcome copyright and intellectual property issues?
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Group 1c-A

(pb1c-053, 055-058; 061-062)

Hopes, Questions, Observations

    * High interest in Bamboo as a good basis for setting standards of collaboration, interoperability, critical mass -> body bringing us together
    * Sustainability, but extend facilities like research assessment
    * Tools, but let's get tools suited for purpose
    * Find the info we want - i.e. content
    * Define the ground rules for digital scholarly practice - or where are they
    * How to find out where tools are and how to use them
    * Directions to right tools - training
    * Glue (question) tools together, making them usable, approach tools in different way
    * (question) get trusted advice, not always case from IT; use graduates to fill gaps; straddlers
    * Use non-textual media (including) (>), text and primary (question) by other media; need tools for this
    * Finding segments in fine-tuned (question) media
    * People aren't aware of tools
    * Need tagging opportunity > education
    * 2 types of textual analysis
          o Hermeneutic
          o Topical
    * Every humanist a collaborator king
    * It's hard to get credit for collaboration
    * Libraries work to know what content, relevance, work + tool
    * Streaming; files, ruining (question) image
    * Links with broadening (>)
    * Impact on indexing (question)
    * Bottom-up approach not attribution (question) - gluing everything together requirements (question) - in hope!
    * New to identity, what are the emerging technologies, agile reaction
    * Wide range of initiatives, tools, interoperability, how does Bamboo deal with this?
    * Tool discovery happens in the pub
    * Should we make the pub global? Is this sustainable?
    * Search can be "eccentric"
    * Tools are hard to find because of incentive/cost
    * Make services citable - robust citations
    * Stability of URLs when citing
    * No credit for those past citations
    * Full-time job to keep up w/ tools
    * Social networking - helping people share what they are doing
    * Social networking is a 21st century pub
    * How can these tools be built cognizant of an ever-changing environment?
    * As we look at projects, how do we assess long-term usefulness?
    * Note/Track topics of research
    * "What is going on?" - use of social tagging
    * Can Bamboo help institutional infrastructure/networking?
    * Multiple choices
          o Engage w/ the university
          o Engage w/ the project
          o (Maybe 'consume it')
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Group 1c-B


*  Translators
    * Time to learn
    * Community?
    * Prod. vs process?
    * Reliance + durability?
    * Funding alignment
    * Lib vs. archive
    * Scale IMO(question) hum.
    * Sustainability
    * Backfill
    * (question)
    * Screening
    *  Enclave vs. open
    * Lib (question) + interoperability
    * Provenance
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Group 1c-C


*  How do we engage the EU initiatives more collaboratively?
    * Not duplicate EU-wide effort
    * Be able to engage individual resources
    * Reliable way of knowing
          o What's out there
                + Individual research
                + Resources
    * "Enhancing the Pub"

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Group 1d-A


-Organisational issues
-Specifics to do with regional nodes
-Emergence of differentiating behaviour from discrete disciplines and their impact on shared technology services
-Historical moment (the time is right)
-Finding a balance between visions of technological futures and finding solutions of a practical nature to existing and emerging problems (Hope from Bamboo)

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Group 1d-B

(pb1d1-02 to -04)

-Data formats: "user-supple" and easily migratable
-Multiple-language editions of digital text
-Copyright and law issues "interfere" with base work of scholarship
-Are programming and law orthogonal to scholarship? Maybe not
-What is the potential of virtualization?
-Community-driven projects: Planning focus vs. lack of central direction

-What does it mean to archive? Robust and innovative definitions
-Longevity: Why do DH projects die? How can they be preserved?
-Generalized vs. contextualized. How to achieve both
-Federated services, integrated, Web 2.0
-A&H ethos, recognition, reward, funding---relation to collaboration in A&H. Will institutions support? How to sustain beyond end-of-project?

-Longevity and sustainability
-What is 21st century arts and humanities scholarship? What is "skill set"? How to train?
-Who is the community?
-What is the domain?

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Group 1d-C


1. Community Building
-Between/among scholars
-IT, libraries, researchers
2. Make Tools/Services Available
-easy to find and use
-don't reinvent the wheel
3. Get Buy-In
-fields of study

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Group 1d-D


-Method of communication to facilitate connection between needs, resources
-Means of educating faculty in technological literacy---invite participation

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Group 1d-E

(pb1d1-07/19 and 20)

Community vs. Scholarship
-How to apply "Wikipedia-like" governance for community involvement
-Where are boundaries drawn around a given "object" that both allow and prevent community engagement?
-Bamboo can become big enough/open enough to encourage large-scale community contribution

-Build small projects that are "doable" and that speak to one another

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Group 1d-F

(pb1d1-08 to -11)

-Repositories that serve scholars/scholarship---to do what we need, not what we can
-Inst. repository---new problem: great quantities of data
-How to maximize access to data?
-Support people inputting that data?
-Bamboo to help outside of inst. boxes---How to push collaboration outside of inst. boundaries?

-Thinking along disciplinary lines versus corpus (campus?)---find similarities.
-Money from institutions---but use(question) instead of importing and exporting data.
-Traceability through record---across UI/Application sensitive to possible use cases.

-Chaos, change and loss but work optimistically
-Those at risk because of all the one-offs
-Don't throw anything away casually
-Rise of meaningful underground research visibly persistent

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Group 1d-G



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Group 1d-H

(pb1d1-13 to -14)

2. Brokering involvement from outside academia
1. Common infrastructure inhibiting innovation
-reuse, e.g. Napster
-audience, Balance
3. Social organization
-organic vs. top-down
-way for humanists(question) to share

-DRM/security vs. fair use: in scope for bamboo architecture
-Concern that a bamboo failure will serve only to discharge much energy
-What message should go to related communities?

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Group 1d-I

(pb1d1-15/16 to -18)

-Standards need to be defined/determined
-durability of data
-still need room for innovation/idiosyncrasies
-standards foster creativity

-Is Bamboo a thing, or is it an ethos, way of doing things?
-a toolbox or a community...both
-Community formation
-academic "Craigslist" of skills
-making connections
-What is the tipping point at which these tools become a standard way of doing things?

-Does the few number of faculty here change the conversation?
-speaking on their behalf?

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Group 1d-J

(pb1d1-21 to -30)

Narrative of Humanities Scholarship
Descriptive-resistant material
Research Management

"Condensing meaning from the vapor of nuance." - Neil Stephenson

-Collect references
-Best practices docs.
-Aggregate "_________" into a super wiki - "Academic Commons"

-Use learning management systems
-inhabit =
syllabus writing/sharing
advice sharing
peer review of course site
course site
-all individual authors/reviewers

-Bring disparate data together
-properly document/annotate "mounds of data"
-Create = language understanding
zoological data, environmental data, music
biological data, photos, GIS
satellite fire maps
video, social history
-Immediate synchronous annotation
-Building links
-Archiving data -
-Setting permission

-Transform offline data

Looking at material corpora
Out-dated categories/
Assessing meta structuring
Propose Gestalt
Validate w/librarians
Find a better ontology
Refine it

on annotations
on access

-Build a database of images, digitizing
to search

-tagging is a "burden"
-tacit knowledge
through talking/teaching

-elaborate on data that gives meaning to someone else
-take notes
-stream of consciousness connections
-"becoming forma"
-I relish because it is machine-actionable

-researching archive material
hybrid materials
-note taking
-stored in database
tagged/marked up - text, images
-merge visual w/textual
"Institutional memory"

-Evangelizing faculty to allow digital research
-Archiving data
-"Bring it all out into the light"

-P1/Management work
-Research management

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