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Themes of Scholarly Practice

New themes

Create a new theme (by clicking here)

  • Before adding a theme, please consult the master list before creating a new one
  • Immediately save your new theme by renaming the page
  • Add rows to tables when you have a new item to add (how do I do it?)
  • Add (signed) comments rather than overwrite another participant's contribution (see How to use this site)
  • More information about themes can be found below

Master List

The last theme in the list is a template page; it can be ignored.

Recently modified theme pages are listed in the "Recently Updated" list at the end of the right-side column on this page.

About Themes of Scholarly Practice


Project Bamboo's "Workshop 1: Understanding Arts and Humanities Scholarship" took place four times between April and July 2008 at UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Chicago Paris Center, and Princeton University. The insights presented during those workshops were captured in a variety of forms: scribe notes, presentation slides and notes, and group posters. The next stage of work involves distilling this raw data into themes that will provide a high-level map of the nature of scholarly practice in the Arts and Humanities. Whether or not you attended a workshop, you are invited to contribute to the identification and understanding of themes based on the primary source material from the workshops and (where there are contributions to be made that were not captured in the Workshop 1 materials) your own group or institution's input.

If you did not attend Workshop 1 (or if you want to refresh your memory), the Workshop 1 Summary page will orient you to the way the notes and presentations on this wiki came about.

We're also looking for users to sort the resulting list of themes into collections that are relevant to their community (librarian, art history scholar, systems administrator, etc. - find out more on the collections page.)

Describing Themes of Scholarly Practice

Documenting themes of scholarly practice has multiple aspects that encourage collaborative contributions - not just original authorship. Whether or not you attended a workshop, you are invited to contribute to the identification and understanding of themes based on the notes and other material from the Workshop 1 instances, and external reference material where it offers ideas and insights not surfaced in those artifacts.  We're looking for:

  • Theme name and definition - required
  • References to notes and other Workshop 1 artifacts that support the "candidacy" of the proposed theme - required
  • Information about and references to tools, standards, organizations, and/or efforts that already exist in the thematic space; or that are missing in this area (this information is likely to come from multiple contributors over time, rather than up-front from the original author of the theme)
  • Suggestions why this thematic area (or any aspect of it) is or is not "in scope" for Project Bamboo's consortial implementation effort

Creating a new Theme of Scholarly Practice

On each new theme page, we ask you to provide a title for the theme, a definition, and references to Workshop 1 source material that addresses the theme. This example page might be helpful; also feel free to browse theme pages contributed by your Project Bamboo colleagues (see "Master List" above).  You can add as much of the other requested information as you're able, and/or allow (and encourage) Project Bamboo colleagues to contribute what they know.

To add a new theme, click here to copy the Theme Template.  Modify the template with your new theme name, definition, etc., and save it - renaming the page with your new theme name. If another user has created a theme on the same general topic as the one you have in mind (see list at top of this page), please contribute to that page rather than starting a new one.

When creating a theme, please keep Project Bamboo's community design guidelines in mind, as explained in How to use this site.

Contributing to an existing Theme of Scholarly Practice

If you would like to flesh out an existing theme with your own interpretation, you can edit the page and add more information. (See example page.) If you'd rather discuss the theme than edit the page itself, you can add a comment at the bottom of the theme page. You're also welcome to contact the page's contributors via e-mail, etc., if you think it would be productive to develop ideas in a collaborative dialog prior to contributing them to the wiki.

When contributing to a theme, please keep Project Bamboo's community design guidelines in mind, as explained in How to use this site.

1 Comment

  1. Unknown User (achapin)

    I thought it would be interesting to see how frequently the words used in theme names actually occurred in workshop 1 notes and flipcharts.  Here's what I found:

    research - 400
    creat - 232
    collaborat -  229
    publish,  publication - 189
    model - 171
    access - 163
    share, sharing - 130
    social - 125
    discover- 122
    media - 95
    context - 90
    organiz - 83
    analy - 71
    connect- 69
    engage - 64
    archive - 60
    wiki - 57
    concept - 55
    communicat - 52
    blog - 51
    annotat - 45
    preserv - 44
    interact - 43
    control- 43
    filter - 37
    translat - 33
    aggregat - 31
    copyright - 28
    citation - 27
    version - 26
    credit - 22
    gather - 22
    consider - 21
    store - 19
    trust - 18
    refine - 15
    outreach - 9
    synthesize - 5