This wiki space contains archival documentation of Project Bamboo, April 2008 - March 2013.
The following Theme Groups each have an individual page, to which you can navigate from the hyperlinked list below.
For an overview of the Theme Groups on a single page, a listing with definitions is included here.
"Discover" encompasses both structured and serendipitous activities that identify objects of scholarly interest.
"Aggregate" encompasses the set of activities scholars perform to acquire and organize artifacts that an inquiry (study, exploration) will address. "Aggregate" has a more temporary or provisional character than "Preserve," and perhaps a more local or individual character as well; but many of the same automation services are likely to apply.
"Annotate" as broadly defined encompasses not only the association of notes describing a scholar's observations and thoughts about objects (crudely put, a "post-it" or "index card" mode of annotation), but also associating provenance, credit, and citation metadata; associating tags; associating categories; and otherwise organizing into taxonomies and ontologies a group of objects of scholarly interest. It is closely related to "Consider," as annotation is a means of recording the iterative and evolutionary products of consideration."Consider" encompasses the core sense-making activities of scholarship: the activities to which other work is supportive infrastructure. One Bamboo workshop participant summarized this activity as an effort to "condense meaning from the vapor of nuance." While this activity motivates and underlies all other scholarly activities, it is most closely related to "Annotate," which describes the iterative and evolutionary process of recording the products of consideration (i.e., ideas).
"Share/Publish" encompasses a full range of informal to formal modalities of communicating scholarly objects - from digital data sets to formally constructed and fully vetted (e.g., peer-reviewed) scholarly analyses. It may be reasonable and appropriate to consider this theme-group a close relative - or even a superset of - the Engage theme group, which focuses on sharing and publication outside the formal (institution-centric) universe of scholarship.
"Engage" encompasses activities related to engagement with communities outside the institutionally-defined bounds of "formal" scholarship. It may be reasonable and appropriate to consider this theme-group a close relative - or even a subset of - the "Share/Publish" theme group; as such, many of the activities listed in "Share/Publish" may also belong in this theme group if they are directed outside the institution(s) of formal scholarship.
"Preserve" encompasses a broad range of storage activities, both long- and short-term; both "local" (e.g., an individual scholar's desktop or individual networked-repository space) and "archival" (e.g., an institutional or disciplinary digital repository, with appropriate access governance). It includes activities that prepare a scholarly object for storage, such as digitizing it or transforming a digitized object from a form(at) in which it is obtained to a form(at) suitable to a next stage of scholarly activity (e.g., analysis, annotation, long-term archiving, etc.). "Preserve" in its shorter-term and more-local aspects bears strong resemblance to "Aggregate," and activities in the two theme groups are likely to share many of the same automation services.
"Interact" encompasses a broad and somewhat hazily bounded sphere of activities that includes the "scholarly networking" concept that recurred throughout the early months of the Project Bamboo planning phase . It may include location of and enabling interaction between scholars with overlapping interests; it may include location of digital tools and resources along with information about how they can be successfully used and/or help in actually using them; it may include a platform on which scholars may perform a variety of scholarly activities collaboratively.