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Institutional Support

Questions that need to be addressed to shape this direction

  • Is this the best or only way of Bamboo networking with other structures?
  • Looking to scholarly societies, other structures as well as institutions.
  • Assuming we are working within institutions, where is the agenda set in the institution? Faculty, librarians, tech specialists, scholars, students, all of the above? How does one articulate and lead a consensus and agenda?
  • How can project Bamboo gain an adequate understanding of existing models of institutional partnerships/lessons learned
  • How to interact with capacity and scarcity of IT resources in different institutions?
  • What can Bamboo do to try to appeal in broadest possible way to humanists on campus who are somewhat resistant to spending time/energy/resources in this endeavor?
  • Money: to garner support means financial support in some sense; we had people from different kinds of institutions, and everywhere it's hard to get an institutional investment at this point.
  • What might happen, how might we get that? What kind of argument can we make ot our administration to support Bamboo financially?
  • How do we get top-level administrative buy-in? How should it be funded?
  • At Berkeley - first time they'd had a top-level buy-in, and that was due to how it was presented to administration
  • How will you go about pairing resources we have with scholarly projects? Outreach, understanding what's there.
  • Different resources are available, so how can Bamboo connect those institutions and facilitate interaction inter/nationally?
  • Figuring out ways the ideas and programs of Bamboo could be presented to deans, provosts, presidents, boards of regents, trustees, etc. to get financial support
  • What could Bamboo do to impact scholarly organizations and professional meetings?

Direction name


  • Economies of scale/efficiencies---you are getting something great by collaborating without the sole burden of doing it yourself (financial motivation)
  • Recruitment and retention of faculty---competition with peers is a motivation for university administration


  • Not talking about it
  • That Bamboo develops in a way that alienates Arts faculty & others who might not see themselves as part of this
  • Bamboo doesn't go anywhere


In Scope

Making a case for Bamboo on campus:

  • Institutional 'ask' hinges on what Bamboo is going to be
  • We have silos and we're trying to break those down
  • Finding examples of success
  • Solving knowledge problems in the disciplines
  • Articulating what the payoff is for humanities faculty
  • Bamboo can help maximize the things your campus does really well (watering 200 houseplants v. 10 mighty oaks)
  • We're not focusing on a subject matter but a process---creating a backbone/new way for doing academic work that brings in humanities scholars, IT, libraries, etc.

Key components to building a collaborative structure:

  • Unfettered access to expertise local or remote
  • Sharing experiences to reveal patterns---comparative data could be assembled

At University of Washington digital humanities center really does help provide institutional support as does creating a degree program in the digital arts; at University of Virginia, a new umbrella organization for digital humanities is in place; collect stories on campus to point to inefficiencies in digital humanities support; consortiums such as CHCI and CenterNet could be resources

  • Defining the business model and levels of commitment in a way that everyone can participate

For example, Hathi Trust started as 13 institutions working collaboratively, but eventually Michigan and Indiana took the lead and contracted services with the rest of the consortium. Will Berkeley & Chicago take the lead? Mellon?; Institutional support for traveling to participate and get word out

  •  Look beyond institutions---academic disciplines are spanning institutional boundaries

Is there a role for the academic societies? Some aren't in a position to provide resources but they do provide networking.  They should be the ones we're looking for when it comes to standards. Bamboo should be liaising with them and members should travel to those conferences to get word out about Bamboo. A small dedicated group of faculty who are already turned on to this---there should be more integration at conferences

Related to Bamboo

Out of scope

Top priorities to address by W3 (Jan 2009)

1)      Defining what is in it for various institutions and defining membership options

2)      Identifying successful models

3)      Identifying forms of support and strategies for getting it


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