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

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October 24, 2008: This page is no longer active. Its contents have been incorporated into Workshop 1.



Currently, there are four ways the Project Bamboo community is being asked to participate in Community Design via the wiki: identifying themes, building collections of themes, mapping future directions for Project Bamboo, and suggesting consortial models. Use the Quick Links (at right) or click the section-headings below to contribute to the wiki.

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 involves distilling this raw data into themes that will provide a high-level map of the nature of scholarly practice in the arts and humanities. Whether or not you attended a workshop, you are invited to contribute to the identification and understanding of themes based on the primary source material from the workshops and (where there are contributions to be made that were not captured in the Workshop 1 materials) your own group or institution's input.

If you did not attend Workshop 1 (or if you want to refresh your memory), the Workshop 1 Summary page will orient you to the way the notes and presentations on this wiki came about.

Build Collections of Themes

Given the many scholarly practices discussed in Workshop 1, and the expectation that a broad range of themes will be identified as Project Bamboo participants analyze and group these practices, it may be helpful to identify collections of themes that are 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 are intended to help Project Bamboo participants find and discuss the themes most relevant to them.

This activity will become more useful and meaningful over time, as more themes of scholarly practice are proposed and documented on the wiki.

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 have identified some specific questions that address aspects of any consortial model the Project Bamboo Community might adopt. The Project Bamboo Community is invited to contribute ideas about those aspects of consortia.

Ideas contributed to this on-line discussion will inform initial face-to-face consideration of consortial models at Workshop Two.

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