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Notes on discussion: Day 2 - Audiences, Pilots and Adoptions(The usual disclaimers apply - these are my notes, and I'm sure I missed stuff)


Who is Bamboo for and what are their needs?

Key for understanding what we're doing

Who is the scholarly user? Who is the tool builder? But audience is also wider - who else?

Jim M. (more context setting)

related to discussions in Work Spaces and Consortium project - we need to appeal to potential Consortium partners

In WS 3 stages of engagement

  1. user research, testing, engagement - start from use cases
  2. pilot projects - production ready but testing in controlled setting
  3. adoption projects - a step on from pilots, institutions starting to depend on this


who is responsible for which of these activities?

area of work will have a strong hand in piloting

who else outside the project will play a role in this? (consortium)

Deployment models for getting the products out into the world.

John Coleman - what are the milestones? how do these stages map onto the project schedules?

Jim M. - move into some pilots in the current phase, then planning for adoption but not adoption phase until next phase

Bruce - key thing for piloting is having plumbing in place

Jim M. - different audiences will have different needs

Tim C. - within list of collections there will be steps involved in implementing them.

Steve M - not lose sight of bigger picture while we focus on the adoption of various bits

Seth - different models for rolling out or products depending on the product

Martin M - it's more likely to work at the level of individuals adopting and then asking for their institutions to support.

Jim M. - example of nanoHub people

Rich M. - Pilot within the partners primarily - adoption is wider.

Rick J. - There are some very real barriers to participation. Bamboo is way to big and complicated for easy individual involvement

Tim C - possibility to have piecemeal adoption of tools

Seth - heavyweight vs lightweight

Steve M. - are things we are building either integrated or separate? we need models that will encourage people to try things out and then participate in the existence and growth

John Pybus - problem of adoption - there are a lot of useful services that will give people a way into using and participating

Tim C - what we are looking at is a hybrid  of the two models explained by Steve above

William Cowan - we want people to be able to adopt parts.

Neil - Biggest elephant is uptake. Audiences - CIO vs DHer. We need to build two-way communication with communities. Suggestion of 'Bamboo Scholars' early career people recognized and asked merely to give us feedback. We can use something like this to plant seeds.

Primary Audiences:

  • Early Career Scholars - (Bamboo Scholars)
  • CIOs/Library Directors
  • Digital Humanities Communities - tool builders (includes cultural heritage people)
  • Humanities scholars - Project PIs e.g.
  • Tinkers
  • Content Providers
  • Funders


Jim S - Scholars who participate in DHSI (U of Victoria)

John C - Grant holders who put together a team to do the work on the grant, and need support

John P - goes back to the original interest by Mellon - infrastructure to support future projects

Tim C - To what extent are we talking to other funding agencies than Mellon - NEH etc.

Neil - NEH funds advanced institutes.

General discussion about what the distinctions between different scholars and audiences are.

John P - they become interested when they see a benefit

Martin M - most scholars want their interaction with computers to be very easy

John C - what makes people use Google Books - it's easy to use and you can search by content

Rick J. - one of the things Alfresco brings is full text search -

Robin - disagrees with the idea that early scholars are the most willing to experiment because they are concerned about tenure and therefore are less able/willing to rock the boat - for example, collaboration is still a challenge because it's hard to receive credit for your work within current infrastructure

Poster Notes


.    User testing 2011
.    Pilots later 2011 - close to done
.    Adoption - set state later 2011
    -    Implement adoption Phase 2
    -    Scholars tend to adopt what they are interested in vs. institutional


Costs resources to make this real

.    Piecemeal adoption of Bamboo services

.    Bamboo scholars
    - DHSI projects - need money
    - hands-on ??? workshop
    - younger scholars - alt. need tradition; also post tenure

.    DH Humanities - builders within humanities community - Twitter - art galleries/cultural heritage

.    CIOs
.    Dir Libraries
.    Content Providers
.    Tinkerers
.    Conventional humanities scholars
    -    Grant funded for a project - need money
    -    Digitally aware and interested - need money
            content - simple/intuitive users  - where use content????????????



.    More than Mellon in Bamboo conversation?
    - NEH advanced institutes

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