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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:
- Selecting a set of collections on which to focus in Bamboo Phase One
- Can we have a map, a diagram, a clearer picture and statement of what project-wide success looks like
- Stories that are geared toward certain audiences (esp. humanities scholars) that summarize project-level goals
- Clarity about why or why not to engage in work that results in overlapping functionality
Martin Mueller: Meta success, two things –
- exchange between scholars, librarians, technologists continues to occur, that's a win; and
- 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
Potential principles for collection selection:
(SJM's record of these:)
- Represent at least one very large collection (example: Hathi)
- Represent at least one well-curated collection
- Represent at least one collection to which we know we can apply tools on which Bamboo focuses
- Include collections that will attract scholars who will help Bamboo to evolve
- Represent at least one collection that is connected to a large scholarly user community
- Do something different from what is already being done (e.g., don't replicate Google's N-Gram viewer)
- Enable curation on data for use cases that require curation of what exists in order to apply interesting services to it
- Include a collection with significant access limitations (in order to grapple with this problem – without committing to solve it altogether)
- Work with a collection that is completely under the control of a Bamboo institution
- Work with collections that generate a reciprocity benefit across international borders – make accessible materials across borders that weren't being crossed before.
- 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
- Collections Focus
- Hathi Trust
- TCP (before 1800 – bibliographically described in the ESTC), 18 Connect, ECCO, EEBO
- Perseus (possibly a subset of these materials)
- Oxford Text Archive
(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.
General Notes and Thursday AM Report Out
Day 2 Discussion
Principles for Tools Selection