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Do you want to organize a group of scholars to do research together? This recipe will show you how to set up convivial group of researchers around the world.

This Recipe draws on the Brown University narrative about setting up Collaborative Research on Pico .



TO DO:  Link to new pages providing technical definition of each tool class and linking to examples of available wiki software, list managers, and related applications that works with Bamboo

  • Group environment technology for managing a group of researchers (imagine bGroup)
  • Collaborative document technology like a Wiki (such as Confluence or Twiki)
  • E-mail discussion list manager (such as Mailmain)

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  1. Create a bGroup Research Group in Bamboo.
  2. Add Colleagues to the bGroup and specify what they can do. You can, when setting up a bGroup, decide if others can automatically join the bGroup or you can manually add people.
  3. Start a Discussion List so that the group has a venue for discussion. Use this List as the primary communication tool with which you can tell them what features have been added to the bGroup. When you set up the List you can decide if you want messages archived and if you want them publicly visible.
  4. Create a bDocs Shared Documents Workspace where you have common documents. These can be kept private to the group or published.
  5. Write a Public Webpage with information about the group. This WebPage is actually just another document in the bSpace, but one which is set up to be public and which will display as a regular web page. (See Create a Public Web Presence below.)


The bGroup (Bamboo Group Technology) is your starting point for setting up collaborative technology. You can create bGroups for committees, for research projects with a couple of people, for large international research groups, for conferences or for classes. bGroup offers you a number of different services for collaboration. Some of the ones you might use for a research group are:

  • Discussion List
  • Directory of People
  • Bibliography including a List of Links to other projects
  • Shared Documents and Archive
  • Web Site
  • Online Conferencing for Meetings

bDocs (Bamboo Documents Technology) is what you use for creating documents of all sorts. bDocs is where you can create web pages, notes, scholarly editions, administrative documents, and training manuals. bDocs automatically keeps versions of your documents so you don't have to worry about saving them. bDocs can be shared with projects, groups of people, or the public. You can even set up bDocs so they include other documents.

See the What Next? section below for Recipes that describe what you might do next with your bGroup or bDocs.

What Next? Related Recipes

  • Create a Public Web Presence - Find out how you can create a web site for your group.
  • Organize a Online Meeting - Find out how you can use online conferencing tools to run a meeting for your group.
  • Organize a Scholarly Conference - Organize a conference sponsored by your group.
  • Create a Scholarly Edition
  • Collaboratively Annotate a Scholarly Edition
  • Share a Bibliography
  • Automatically Write Grants

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