This wiki space contains archival documentation of Project Bamboo, April 2008 - March 2013.

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Themes and Directions

(July 17 - October 14, 2008)
Preceded by Workshop 1
Followed by Workshop 2


After Workshop 1, all notes were published on the wiki, and the program staff solicited the community's help to analyze the raw data. The four facets of this analysis were distilling the scholarly practices discussed in Workshop 1 into Themes, grouping related Themes into Collections, exploring Directions that Project Bamboo should pursue based on the Workshop 1 data, and considering possible Consortial Models for leading the project forward. The Directions emerging from this analysis formed the basis of Workshop 2 discussions.

The following descriptions were posted on the Contribute to the Wiki page between workshops 1 and 2.




Identify Themes of Arts and Humanities Scholarly Practice

Project Bamboo's "Workshop 1: Understanding arts and humanities scholarship" took place four times between April and July 2008 at University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Chicago Paris Center, and Princeton University. The insights presented during those workshops were captured in a variety of forms: scribe notes, presentation slides and notes, and group posters. The next stage of work involved distilling this raw data into themes that provided a high-level map of the nature of scholarly practice in the arts and humanities.

Build Collections of Themes

Given the many scholarly practices discussed in Workshop 1, and the expectation that a broad range of themes would be identified as Project Bamboo participants analyzed and grouped these practices, we asked community members to identify collections of themes that were of particular interest to certain Project Bamboo sub-communities. An art historian, for example, may be less interested in performing optical character recognition (OCR) on books than a librarian; and a librarian might be less concerned with student-mentoring than a scholar. "Collections" of themes were intended to help Project Bamboo participants find and discuss the themes most relevant to them.

Map Future Directions for Project Bamboo

As the community identifies and fleshes-out themes of scholarly practice, ideas for where Project Bamboo can enhance those practices in the arts and humanities will begin to emerge. The Project Bamboo community is invited to suggest and consider these ideas for Project Bamboo's future on "Project Bamboo Direction" pages on this wiki.

Suggest Consortial Models

Community input on how Project Bamboo should be organized, managed, and governed is crucial for the project's success. To facilitate this discussion, the Project Bamboo program staff identified some specific questions that address aspects of any consortial model the Project Bamboo Community might adopt. The Project Bamboo Community was invited to contribute ideas about those aspects of consortia.

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