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General Discussion

David Greenbaum: Let's list some of the topics for discussion that might be worth digging deeper on vis-a-vis focus and narrowing down. David's suggestions:

  1. Selecting a set of collections on which to focus in Bamboo Phase One
  2. Can we have a map, a diagram, a clearer picture and statement of what project-wide success looks like
  3. Stories that are geared toward certain audiences (esp. humanities scholars) that summarize project-level goals
  4. Clarity about why or why not to engage in work that results in overlapping functionality

Martin Mueller: Meta success, two things –

  1. exchange between scholars, librarians, technologists continues to occur, that's a win; and
  2. a growing awareness of projects addressing similar problems

Bridget Almas: A set of standards that, if you adopt them for your repository (Tim: or provide a connector to that standard), you can gain added value from Service X ...

Rich Meyer: Impact audiences on both the "Rank and File" and on the "Digital Humanist" ends of the spectrum of humanist scholarship.

Marlita Kahn: Let's start tying actual pieces of work to these more abstract topics for discussion

David: Start with collections; then move on to core elements that we want to accomplish

Collection Selection

Potential principles for collection selection:

(SJM's record of these:)

  1. Represent at least one very large collection (example: Hathi)
  2. Represent at least one well-curated collection
  3. Represent at least one collection to which we know we can apply tools on which Bamboo focuses
  4. Include collections that will attract scholars who will help Bamboo to evolve
  5. Represent at least one collection that is connected to a large scholarly user community
  6. Do something different from what is already being done (e.g., don't replicate Google's N-Gram viewer)
  7. Enable curation on data for use cases that require curation of what exists in order to apply interesting services to it
  8. Include a collection with significant access limitations (in order to grapple with this problem – without committing to solve it altogether)
  9. Work with a collection that is completely under the control of a Bamboo institution
  10. Work with collections that generate a reciprocity benefit across international borders – make accessible materials across borders that weren't being crossed before.
  11. Work with collections in Fedora repositories, because the interoperability work applied to this collection might easily be extensible to a large number of institutional repositories.

The Candidate Short List

  1. Collections Focus
    1. Hathi Trust
    2. TCP (before 1800 – bibliographically described in the ESTC), 18 Connect, ECCO, EEBO
    3. JSTOR (question)
    4. Perseus (possibly a subset of these materials)
    5. Oxford Text Archive
    6. AUSTLit

(Stanford Medieval Manuscripts Project – at the right time)

Neil: Coherent rationale for this collection
David: Build coherent rationale by end of this meeting; perhaps built around the principles articulated.
Tim: Look at this as list for this phase – not strictly exclusive – what we learn vis-a-vis these collections may apply to more

Bridget: Perseus to be available in a Fedora repository within the time frame of this grant period.

Poster Notes

General Notes and Thursday AM Report Out

Day 2 Discussion

Work Spaces

Principles for Tools Selection

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