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Platform Value Statements

Yan Han

University of Arizona

A librarian's perspective on how content integration, resource share, and new discovery re-shape the library's content development, and better access.

Growing Contents: All the contents from Bamboo partners are seamlessly available to the institution as a collection of full-text, multimedia resources. With the help of plug-ins and software, the website provides a variety of access points to browse, search, and find resources for arts, humanities, and social science faculty, researchers and students. individual content: Being a partner of the Bamboo cloud, the library integrates, shares and exposes its content with other resources. While no longer working alone and having difficulty of knowing what resources other institutions have, librarians are excited with growing content available to his/her faculty and researchers. H/she also is seeing an increase of usage of his/her institutional resources. Money saver: The growing resources of Bamboo community provide an excellent full-text database for arts, humanities and social sciences. The library is able to cancel certain commercial subscriptions due to tight acquisition budget. Mirroring of his/her contents in Bamboo cloud reduces his/her concerns on the down-time of the library's repository. The mirroring reduce the library's staff and equipment cost. Bamboo growing community members and usage of resources also address the challenges of digital preservation and digital curation. By integrating and sharing individual resources with the broad community, Bamboo community members all have vested interests to make data long live. New discovery: Using Bamboo software, the librarian is able to provide data mining for growing number of resources, creating a new way to help faculty and researchers information needs.

John Harwood

Senior Director, Teaching and Learning with Technology; Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology
Penn State University

How CIOs and Library Directors would look at Bamboo's contributions
Both CIOs and library Directors face a tremendous challenge to meet the increasing needs on their campuses for access to digital resources, including both content and computational power. These needs span all disciplines but lag somewhat, for now, in the humanities. While recent trends in federal funding suggest a resurgence of support for STEM research, there are few signs of advances in support for the arts and humanities. Furthermore, directors and CIOs clearly face a time when the total sum of resources available to higher education, from private and public funds, will likely force fundamental changes in the curriculum on their campuses, and changes in how core support services are provided.

In such an environment, the digital humanities and arts will be disadvantaged, especially in those institutions without an historic investment in that field. In the aggregate, we hope that Bamboo will enable more granular sharing of scholarly resources within discipline-appropriate communities. Thus one of the attractions of Bamboo for a CIO and a library director is the opportunity to leverage investments in infrastructure. Within the Big 10 Universities, for example, we already have several initiatives underway that would enable us to deploy a shared storage facility including, most notably for the humanities, the Hathi Trust. Almost every university is facing the challenge of managing increased demand for storage and other services to support the wealth of data generated through computational research, and few of these institutions will be able to meet the needs of their communities on their own. With Bamboo, we can provide new resources specifically for the humanities without having to house or develop all of them locally Leveraging community investments should leave our CIOs and directors with more resources to support their local faculty and graduates, and to facilitate interdisciplinary research in the humanities and across campus to computationally intensive disciplines.

Joyce Rudinsky

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Domain Scientist in Arts and Humanities, Renaissance Computing Institute
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The Humanities Mapping Project (HMT) is an inter-institutional effort among the University of North Carolina, the Renaissance Computing Institute, North Carolina State University, and the North Carolina Humanities Council to facilitate scholarship on digital humanities collections while also engaging non-scholarly publics with these collections.

HMT will create an innovative viewer interface and develop an intuitive method for associative searching to provide a seamless environment of use and interest to scholars, the public, and educators. HMT will provide a shared platform for accessing multiple archives, with users able to visually aggregate data as they interact with multiple archives as well as add their own comments and tags. Tools will be designed for each user group-scholar, public, and educators-that are specific to their practice.

The public component project of this project moves the archive beyond the computer screen and into a common space where people can work together to explore and share their personal and community histories.

Collaboration with Bamboo would provide a reference architecture and base platform implementation for HMT, thereby saving development resources by utilizing Bamboo's built-in scalability and other platform features. Standardizing HMT on Bamboo would also facilitate uptake and adoption of HMT's technology by other Bamboo platform users.

Harlan Wallach

Media Architect  
NUIT Academic & Research Technology
Northwestern University 

This statement of endorsement is hinged to the comments made at the first Bamboo workshop, in essence, the goal of  "no more one-off digital humanities projects" is a worthy endeavor. If Project Bamboo can establish the baseline common development language for components to sharing, interoperability of digital repositories, common services, communication and systems then it is a worthy effort.

This endorsement is based on the experience of having functioned as a P.I. for the AWMF funded project Imag(N)ing Shuilu'an. The project duration was from  2005 through 2007 and had two main thrusts. The first was the exploration and development of the production of high resolution on site photography of over 4,000 polychrome terra cotta sculptures, full laser theodilte 3-D sections of the free standing temple structure, photo based VR and optically generated three dimensional datasets of the interior. The second was the prototype web application developed as part of the deliverable of the project. This goal was to assemble a unified web based interface for presentation of all of the interactive multimedia developed in the project as well as a method for preserving the physical context of the work. The physical context of artwork inside a free-standing temple is extremely important. The didactic stories and symbolic presentations are based in the sacramental nature of the religious practice present in the temple. The organization of the components are related to the circumnavigation path of the pilgrims/worshippers themselves as they move in the proscribed path of the temple. This prototype web application also allowed content and preservation specialists in China to annotate the large (gigabyte or bigger) surface textures and then present those annotations with the rest of combined contextual presentation model.

In keeping with the core concept, "no more one-off digital humanities projects", it would be good to look again at this prototype project, and refashion the work to both expose it to other similar themed digital humanities projects as well as bring the core conceptual work as a part of an integration with other similar themed Asian art and e-culture initiatives. The obvious benefit of Project Bamboo to establish the mechanisms to not only provide systems and platforms for making this work exposable to other repositories, but in the same way that that the presentation of the Shuilu'an digital artifacts attempted to maintain their physical context, the online presentation had a method of interacting within a broader world of similar themed digital repositories for scholarly research and assessment within that context.

There are two addenda attached to this message (see Attachments tab at top of this wiki page).
The first is a service based architecture schematic developed by Jonathan Smith.
The second is a mapping of that service based architecture schematic to known and existing services and repositories to illustrate how the service based architecture might be realized around Asian art and e-culture.


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