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Group 1a-A

(pb1a - 3)

-Getting the word out
-Creating demonstration projects
-Tailoring message to microcommunities in humanities (bottom-up rather than top-down)
-Good schwag!
-Funding grad students as evangelist

-Focus on discovery of shared "pain points"
-Capacity for flexibility + renewability
-International consortium
-Community building for support of Bamboo
-Dissemination of research/digital publishing environment

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Group 1a-B


-An environment - resources, petitioners , a new "library"
-A resource pool that affords collaboration across "experts" (people are experts at different things)
-'Facilitated by people'
-Collaboration presents opportunity (more resources, more ideas, deeper knowledge)
-Collaboration is about facilitating activities
-Where is Bamboo situated w/ similar activities here and elsewhere?
-Is it an umbrella for all of these activities - e.g. HASTAS?
-Is it a platform?
-What is the role of the funders?

Bamboo bullet points
-A tool that would allow easy exchange of info, in support of collaboration (e.g. a wiki on steroids)
-An enhanced wiki
-Allows people to mark up comment on objects
-An eBook tool but that allows you to create rich "books" (LoC eBook application), multi-modal & supports shared annotation
-IP middleware, so that IP issues are transparent to researchers/creators
-A teaching, collaborative environment that supports training faculty and how to effectively use them - tutorial compare, embedded guide
-A tool that makes data sets interoperable
-Allow embedded institutional policy around promotion
-A workflow that helps & meet these
-An evaluation of exiting efforts at tools & why they work & don't work
-A WYSIWYG tool for marking up texts/objects

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Group 1a-C


Data collection services & support
-Collaboration platform -> granular authentication
-Data set services
-Conversion tools
-Versioning tools
-Repository & archive services
-Metadata schema harmonizing
-Presentation + visualization
-Licensing tools
-Citation apps

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Group 1a-D


1) Collaborative computing model that enables user-generated contributions to the semantic web (user: non-traditional & traditional scholars who are also tagged)
-"Craigslist for project dev"
2) Bamboo doesn't need to be a "place"
-Digital concierge? (tied to grants, etc/resource allocation?)
-Harvesting/leveraging existing faculty input
-"Harvester" or "Affinity-Finder" - "Federating"
3) Leveraging existing & future tools (the next FlickrMoodleFacebookKualiSakai...)
4) Tackles sociological/cultural as well as technical issues
5) Expose digital assets (includes people, tools, content) across institutions (repositories, etc.) across disciplines (engages multi-dimensional search)
6) Sustainability, Preservation, Maintenance, Succession, Migration ("estate planning")
-Define what is "eligible" at various levels, possibly a toolkit
7) Accommodate early adopters > accommodate late bloomers

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Group 1a-E


Investigate a method for people to learn & grow
-New career trajectories (lateral moves, hybrid skill set, bridging/"ambassador")
-Educate institutions about successful non-traditional models
-Reward structure

Portability & transparency of tools + methodologies
-Bamboo can define without transparency
-Can't just say "trust us"
-Sustainability based on market forces (digital preservation, "wayback" machines for searches + inquiry)
-Also for process

Characterize the problems to be solved
-Pattern recognition: still images, moving images (hybrids, 3D), moving images, audio (more of the same concept), some text, 2D images (impliced depth, implied Bhurd de mansion
-Consider how this can be offered in a broad enough manner to be used in different interfaces, etc.

Digital workspace
-Capture, save, annotate, transform, organize, build connections, visualize, contextualize

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Group 1a-F


1) Federated deep searches
2) Develop tools
-Search across newly developed archives of media
-(e.g. search for an aspect of performance or visual image)
-"a YouTube with a hideout that I can search"
3) Embed Creative Commons philosophy & tools into Bamboo (would be part of helping w/ chains of credit & remix problem)
4) "Help people do the right thing: fair use tools, training
-Get lawyers contributing, plus Center for the Public Domain take consortial approach
-Embed enablers for faculty to apply current wisdom on copying laws
5) Enable easy multilayered publishing (now explain what we man by...)
-A grid that connects interests (demands) with lets tools (supplies) - tools that work with other tools -> an academic Craigslist
7) User consortium to drive standards (universal design) -> standards of design & adoption
8) Enable interchange of tech/practice among different tech/humanities organizations
9) Develop a social networking tool for humanities/arts research/practice - with interchanges w/ other disciplines
10) Getting away from repository model will lighten our load - Bamboo should build the hooks
11) Bamboo can be a "curator of curators" - a "moderator of moderators" - help the development of protocol for trustworthiness of resources - "somebody with scholarly expertise weeding the garden of Bamboo" - BUT:
12) "Wouldn't it be great if by using it, it got better, in an automated fashion, not by human intervention"
13) A consortium that acts as advocate/clearinghouse/communication vehicle for getting funding

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Group 1a-G


-Bamboo enables a social network of scholars & IT, repositories & institutions to share technologies & digital resources according to protocol & standards that reflect ideals of openness & new models of publication & scholarly output
-Leverage investments by institutions & funders

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Group 1a-H


1) Seeding innovation vs. pooling resources
2) Balancing support of idiosyncratic practice vs. common denominator practice
3) Bottom-up adoption vs. top-down imposition
4) Agreement on commons principles/practices
-Make funding continent on adherence
5) Using commercial tools/services w/o total dependence on them
6) Openness to/interoperability with groups outside academia
7) Aggregating legal/economic power to influence standards/practice
8) "SWAT teams" focused on specific domains, disciplines, practices... but networked together

-Funding, social networking (scholars, public, projects)
-Format incompatibility, multimedia authoring, standards/best practices
-Possible areas of focus

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Group 1b-A

(1b-7-1 - 2)

-Who is Project Bamboo? Project ownership - governance
-Social justice - developing nation access
-Digitizing global south cultural materials before Google does
-Non-unique materials digitization + non-duplication
-Make IRs easier to manage
-Thesis + dissertation
-Bill of Rights - non-exclusive digitization, use without permission
-Model License "permission" - scholarly use commercial material
-Libraries as content creators, universities as publishers risk tolerance
-Bamboo infrastructure openness - metadata, code
-Sidestep questions of "originality" as the policing criteria
-Posh envelope in fair use
-Bamboo models + project - licensed, e.g. JSTOR; -open-source + commercial support, - open shareholders

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Group 1b-B


How can Bamboo make tools that enable productive play? (without wasting time unproductively)
It's going to take A LOT of Bamboo.
Good thing it grows fast.

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Group 1b-C


-A place to create, store & access freely a wide range of digital resources for the humanities
-An infrastructure for both technical and social to underpin/facilitate research in the humanities
-A place/event to experiment, with the resources, a humanities s...?)
-Coding, practices, models & disseminating
PB should sponsor projects that provide models (solving current plans & future models)
-Provide/create tools that can be adopted
-Create fairly explicit guidelines for non-traditional contributions to the disciplinary new media projects, copyright & model/frameworks for T&P
-To foster critical mass

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Group 1b-D

(1b-7-15 - 18, 23 - 24)

Lowest level of standards that still enables
1) Intension with creativity
2) Interoperability persistence/presentation sharing
Task: Create a community that challenges & considers alternatives to current standards of authority/validation
Tool: Subtle searching, filtered Google
(Picture of a sand box)
-Citation analysis model
-Publication + where/why/how related to what counts
-Where will Bamboo locate itself with a dynamic, plural field of differently validated materials?
-Political ACTION
1) Access
2) Policy
3) Fair Use/Copyright
4) Intervention/Outreach
5) Engaged Scholarship
Open Community model v. Club Model
-Policy changing (lobbying)
-Openness as an Academic Space
-Governance of Bamboo
-Critical Mass (Scale Variety)
-Open + Creative Dialogue about Setting the Teras
-Acknowledge/Address Digital Divide -> International
-Technologies that support a broadening of the base
1) Action
2) Invest resources
3) Open communicate
-Open Content (Resources with Authenticity)
-Info Validity/Naming
-Standard input
-Post processing to improve quality
-Open input
-Research Policies
Platform for Social Humanistic Issues
Tools that Advance our Policy Goals, Done in Tandem, Not Sequentially
-Interoperable archives with flexible search, not dumbed down
-Make use of Bamboo's political leverage for policy
-Institutional recognition inside institutions
1)  Led by Humanists (Paid position, PhD Humanities)
2) Tools + composite (resources)
3) Social networking

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Group 1b-E


-Using Bamboo process "model" as a model for Central IT to understand scholarly practices
-Legitimize new scholarly process enabled by shared methodologies + concepts, at the interface of information science & humanities
-w/ canonical examples (e.g. Powerset + ASP, CSPAN database)

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Group 1b-F


What do we really want and can we do it?
-Reflective practice
-Continuing engagement in the process
-Submitting YouTube videos for tenure review
-Exploring new forms of publication/distribution
-Celebrating mistakes
-Collaborating across boundaries
-Peer review & critique
-Who does the smashing?
-Reevaluate feedback and political processes in the university
-Take risks & advocate for change
-"Exercising fair use muscle"
-Give stuff away

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Group 1b-G


Push for fair use
•    Bill of rights
•    Model license - use with permission, use without permission, non-exclusive digital
•    Business models for Bamboo - JSTOR, shareholders, Red Hat Linux, open
•    Global South collections
•    Libraries as publisher's risk
•    IRs easier, interoperate
•    Infrastructure openness: metadata, code

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Group 1b-H


-Encourage a culture of recursive S-M: making sure of data-sets, text, corpora, research results (for the stories/concepts we use)
-Promote reflexive self-critical awareness of sense-making
-Abstraction/conceptualization - initiatives(question) loss, filtering, bias
-Loss vs. concretization
-Don't rein in references(question) of SM

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Group 1b-I


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Group 1b-J

(1b-7-20 - 23)

-Humanities inform IS/CS
-Communication between groups
-Not too much focus on tools and applications
-Approach to make the sw work
-Room for creativity & open endedness - conversation experimentation
IS/CS <-> H, crossing boundaries
-Looking at the same concept with different lenses
-Patterns/similarity/productivity vs. variations/incompatibility/performance
-Interdisciplinary conversations & intercog
-Communication - needs structure
-Open source, open access vs. proprietary; not a binary distinction
-Artistic, creative uses of technologies

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Group 1c-A

(pb1c-097 - 099)

    * Practice-based learning: technologies to facilitate
    * Early Career Researchers training (& also current scholars) ... not only tools but skills & context & intellectual fame
    * Tool & service discovery: what's reliable and useful - evaluated - a social tool
          o ("intute" - a UK service in this vein)
    * Encourage tool makers to better fit functionality to scholarly need
    * w/ Open Source focus? (some discussion of this)
          o yes: because of inherent investment in learning interfaces
          o no: software costs, someone pays
          o JSTOR for tools?
    * Simple, stable storage w/ permanent URL
    * Consortial network focused on intellectual/scholarly goals of technology in Arts & Humanities
          o Engagement as institutions
          o Catalyst for inter- and intra-institutional networking ... & international
    * Demonstrate novel research using technology-enabled methods
    * Interoperability tools & data sets
          o Consortial decisions on what standards to adopt
    * Humanities representation in standards bodies
    * Interoperability/discovery
    * Consortial network
    * Dissemination & training

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Group 1c-B

(pb1c-100 - 103)

    * 3 recommendations for areas of work
    * How to engage non-US partners?
          o Build critical mass
                + Institutions at multiple levels
                + Have to know what "it" is
                + What are we networking - researchers, resources, or both?
          o Representation
          o Specify a prerequisite
          o Multiple levels
          o Awareness of opinion leaders (funders)
          o Need a focused committee to engage + do missionary work
    * Participant observation
          o Methodology of only workshops is insufficient
    * Broad survey of tools** What's missing
          o Silo prevention
          o What needs sustainability
          o Evaluate (systematic)
    * Citation sustainability
          o Work ongoing in UK
    * See pb1c-100 for diagram of multiple interactions between tools (supported + sustained), institutional buy-in, survey analysis metrics
    * Pro-rated participation
    * Hear more from researchers
    * Demonstrators may be an argument** Methodology for choosing?
    * Establish a cycle of predictable events and meetings** Organizational development

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Group 1c-C



   1. Survey European tools + resources
   2. Engage/understand the "current target" population (? social networking ?)
   3. Not reinvent the wheel - European or U.S.
   4. Separation of raw data from presentation/software layer Set the data 'free'

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Group 1d-A

(pb1d4-01 to -02)


-Problem of tenure
    -People don't want to think

-A peer review of work in digital scholarship

-Incentivize senior faculty to publish digitally
-Increase respect

-Identify communities which have a pool of digital projects that can be assessed by digital merit

-Metrics for review
-Expectation to work collaboratively

-Baseline knowledge
-Expectation to be invested in your discipline as well as "tech" or other thing
-"Keep fingers in a lot of things"
-"Synergize"  tools
-"Senior" departments will not train to work in digital realm - or think about new problems

-Risk incentive is low
-No culture of professional development
-Need more digital resources
-Collaborative research
-Technology ≠ tenure

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Group 1d-B


Top 3 Ideas
1. Community-Driven Organization:
    -clearinghouse to connect
        -cross-cutting common practice
To support best practices for Humanities
Effective use of technology

2. Large-scale exemplars
    -demonstrate specific successful ways to improve Humanities Research
i.e.,    -systematic digital collections

3. Policy/Advocacy
-Academic Standards
Across Institutions
Across Fields
Across Borders-International

Ben Franklin

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Group 1d-C

(pb1d6-04 to -06)

-Establish central registry w/excellent discoverability (project tools archive)
    -Include metadata regarding how project worked
-Enable translation of scholarship (a la Greg Crane's 4/6)
-Recognize authority/expertise in work/thought/tags on scheduled objects
    -Project Bamboo should not be cred. auth.
    -(i.e., let auth come from ground up...let PB facilitate, not confer, auth)
-(PB doesn't "own" the credibility - PB would be the "reporter" not the quoted source)
-Trading zones
    -Common language across disciplines
    -data exchange standards
-a space for exchange...but what's added by adding a layer of abstraction to the web (HTTP, FTP, XML, microfonts)
-Structure for longevity of digital archives (e.g., make easier for small institutions)

-Facebook/(central registry)/Linked In for digital humanists/Plaxos, etc.
-PB should be known: not private/secret...clear "branding"
-Or is it "invisible" - a mode (or substrate)
-Help move projects from local/specific to broadly distributed/general
-Model collaboration between specifically-focused Humanities scholars and library/IT expertise
-Accessible HowTo documents with examples
-Stay flexible! Things change!
-Beware of centralization

-Trading Zone
-Authority/Expertise (a structure/mechanism for...)

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Group 1d-D

(pb1d6-08 to -10)

-Share info -> awareness
    -e.g., portals
    -avoid duplication
    -social networking environment
        -tech only part of the solution
        -H-net - improve
    -PB: discover the silos, explicit community-building
-people focused on this
    -PB: Knowledge base of specialties and competencies
        -often not at universities
        -Research institutions, independent

-PB: coherent set of standards, practices, profiles or abstractions, design principles
    -durability, interoperable, maintainable, supportable
-NDIIPP (National Digital Info Infrastructure Preservation Program) activity of LoFC
    -relationship with PB?
    -an established community
-PB: registry of established, production tools
    -GMU hw(question) done (ECHO?)
    -itself a service for building new applications

PB: demo projects (Proof of Concept)
-exercises to figure this stuff out
-e.g., PERSEUS: fund implementation of a "standard" interface
-e.g., ethno-musicology DBS EVIA
-e.g., ...

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Group 1d-E

(pb1d6-7, 6-12 to -15, 24 to 25)


Patron Saint
-Benjamin Franklin
-P.T. Barnum
-Tim Berners-Lee
-Vannover Bush

Future Practices

-develop pilots to evaluate and inform standards and how we use and evolve them
-consider the implications behind extending Bamboo internationally
    -diplomatic role
    -brokerage role

Future practices (ctd.)

-establish community ground rules, e.g., "non-exclusivity"
-provide interoperability "standards" or best practices and provide incentive to use them
-establish think tank or professional organization to provide a framework/process to resolve, discuss, share and address current and future issues

Future Practices

-provide clearinghouse to communicate regarding tools and resources
-should be staffed to facilitate connections
-needs infrastructure with sustainable funding

Future Practices

-provide opportunities to connect with a variety of sectors, e.g., legal, cultural, public, etc.
-provide access to legal counsel regarding IP
-be inclusive
-driven by scholarship needs

Service maintenance
...the academic cloud
-no benefit /reward for maintenance
-provide a reward system
-exposure to assets and usage
-a structure around which communities can contribute

-Place to publish software
-get the services to be maintained over time
-"sustainable network"
-incentive by visibility = hits vs. credibility/respectability
-domain/discipline-specific services
-genenc = google
-framework for services to live

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Group 1d-F


Engage with the societies | Complementary guidance
    -Enable/influence the societies' support
Knitting together, networking the "academic cloud"
-sense of returned value
-credibility of source
-sustainability (including maintenance)
-quality standards
-dissemination standards
Must provide incentive to participate
-? status

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Group 1d-G

(pb1d6-16, pb1d6-21 to -23, 26)

1. Develop and sustain an online digital curriculum for the Humanities
2. Digital tools along the model of a "common application" or ePortfolio for streamlining common academic procedures such as grant applications, tenure review
(TH lib)
3. Assistance with converting existing tools/resources -> modular structures to enable re-use/mashups

-Internationalize the experiences of people in the U.S. and how it fits/compares with overseas experience
-See ex. 5, p. 3*
-Way to help people who aren't digital humanists become digital humanists
-Build national coalition of digital humanists
-Bamboo as policy-setting organization

-Bamboo as a place that connects scholarship with teaching and learning. Shouldn't be separate.
-Bamboo as a way of thinking, not just a thing.
-Digital scholarship to narrow gap.
-Facilitating and enabling technology transfer
-Network for "new class of professionals"
    -or make it easy to find professionals

-Project management resource for cross-institutional, cross-disciplinary work
    1. What's out there?
    2. What needs to be built?
    3. Sharing the development of tools.
    4. Professional development for faculty and students to support teaching, learning,     research.

-Lead to discovery of software
-access to data, tools
-standards on software that are "branded" - "seal of approval"

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Group 1d-H


Top Three Ideas (1)
-large-scale demonstration
    -i.e., systematic digital library collection
    -pedagogy example
*exemplars -

Top Three Ideas (2)

-Improve technological Literacy for Humanities
-Provide individual Tools/Services-Self-Service to improve:
    -data gathering

Top Three Ideas (3)

-Identify Tools/Services which require consortial approach
    -Compute cycles
    -(i.e., editing patterns)
improve - analysis not possible otherwise

Top Three Ideas (4)
    -build relationships
-Provides "Matchmaking" for researchers
-"Don't reinvent the wheel"

Top Three Ideas (5)

-Think Tank
    -Across all 5 sections
    -Process for continual improvement

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Group 1d-I

(pb1d-29 to -35)

-Whom is Bamboo for?
    -user: prof. digital humanist
        professor who is NOT a user of digital tech
-Work out:
    -scope definition
    -human support framework
    -breakdown modules that work with scholarly community
    -feedback loop between tech/scholarly communities

-Strong UI component
-Modular interface to services
-Clearinghouse - one place you go to
    -aggregate tools
    -at least pointers
    -registration system
    -centrally run/blog
        -prof. edited

-How to maintain/keep current the registration
-Incentive to put up information
-Professional Association
    -establish standards
    -give visibility across campuses
    ?How to distinguish from other professional associations
    -therefore, needs to be strong

-Strong - teaching/professional development
-keeps momentum
-active members
-compelling reason to be active
-interviews (as in AHA)
-Think Tank ?Funding by endowment?
    -sounds elite/closed
-Alternative to professional association - more open

-Professional development
    -ed./raising consciousness in many forms

-Standards body - Tech and Professional
    -data exchange
    -P and tenure
    -Data curation
    -Guiding development efforts
    -Provide venue and structure
-Scope must be international
-sustainability vision - with assurance to institutions

International Audience/Early Adopters - General Faculty
*Sustainability models - evaluation standards process
*Meta level -> structuring community clearinghouse
*develop and maintain tech standards
    -business model

-Diderot - l'Encyclopédie (French encyclopedia)
-James Murray - OED
-Jack Valente
-St. Jude
-St. Isadore - wrote etymology in '03 - proposed as patron saint of Internet

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