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Institutional Partnership and Support

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Questions and concerns

Plenary notes

Group 11

  • Is this the best or only way of Bamboo networking with other structures?
  • Looking to scholarly societies, other structures as well as institutions.
  • Assuming we are working within institutions, where is the agenda set in the institution? Faculty, librarians, tech specialists, scholars, students, all of the above? How does one articulate and lead a consensus and agenda?

Group 3

  • How can project Bamboo gain an adequate understanding of existing models of institutional partnerships/lessons learned
  • How to interact with capacity and scarcity of IT resources in different institutions?

Group 5

  • What can Bamboo do to try to appeal in broadest possible way to humanists on campus who are somewhat resistant to spending time/energy/resources in this endeavor?
  • Money: to garner support means financial support in some sense; we had people from different kinds of institutions, and everywhere it's hard to get an institutional investment at this point.
  • What might happen, how might we get that? What kind of argument can we make ot our administration to support Bamboo financially?

Group 1

  • How do we get top-level administrative buy-in? How should it be funded?
  • At Berkeley - first time they'd had a top-level buy-in, and that was due tohow it was presented to administration
  • How will you go about pairing resources we have with scholarly projects? Outreach, understanding what's there.

Group 10

  • Two of our questions already taken by Group 5
  • Different resources are available, so how can Bamboo connect those institutions and facilitate interaction inter/nationally?
  • Figuring out ways the ideas and programs of Bamboo could be presented to deans, provosts, presidents, boards of regents, trustees, etc. to get financial support
  • What could Bamboo do to impact scholarly organizations and professional meetings?



Group 11 notes

   Is the institution the right (only?) way to ask this question? What about within the discipline or the learned societies?

   Who sets the agenda?



Group 5 notes

Participants:
Lisa
Alan Hanson
Kent Hooper
Arno Basso
Rick Peterson
Adrian Burton
Ray Larson

Institutional Partners & Support
Should Bamboo develop reasons to present to administrators, funders support more support for digital humanities.
Collaboration would be of intellectual interest to both it person and researcher.
What's Bamboo going to do about UCLA resource allocation between it, library, etc?
How can Bamboo facilitate collaboration among R1 and smaller institutions?
What could Bamboo do to help with intern and intra resource allocation?
Could Bamboo impact meetings of scholarly societies?
Are their ways that Bamboo can promote objectives and ideals to trustees, deans, regents?
What can Bamboo bring to UCLA? We should make the case
How can we reinforce the message that this is a shared effort involving faculty and staff?

Education and Training
To what degree can we anticipate that humanities scholars will be receptive to Bamboo offerings?
Is this Bamboo education or bringing together training providers?
Will Bamboo be of interest to scholars and to what degree?
What are the good models from other education projects?
How will this work in terms of it staffing for smaller institutions? How might this be different from large R1 institutions?
How can we connect people at r1 institutions to smaller institutions?
Worried about training for faculty. Need something more meaningful--not just learning software. Training if it's needed is a bad sign. Clearing house of success.
As for training, faculty are willing to invest a lot of time if its close to their research. There needs to be trust that services will be stable. We are not afraid to do hard work but do not want to waste our time.
Can Bamboo develop training programs that will be relevant to research and teaching?
What is the relevant training for humanities and arts faculty that Bamboo can bring?



Risks, rewards and plan

Plenary notes - risks and rewards

Scope

  • Depends on what PB is going to be

Risks

  • relatively low - risks in alienating arts faculty

Big rewards

  • economies of scale, can appeal to institution w/ financial motivation; recruitment and retention of faculty
  • How to make a case for PB on campus; very different case in different places
  • Defining the business model and level of commitment in a way that everyone can participate, not too exclusive
  • Institutions taking the lead vs. being truly consortial
  • CIC digital repository is a good example

Priorities

  • Defining what's in it for various institutions, what are membership options?
  • Develop examples of successful models to share
  • Defining forms of support and strategies for doing it



Plenary notes - plan

We also talked about Oreos
Fairly linear discussion - organized such that the group that does that needs to collect and categorize support models for digital models, and other models that could be applied - that work well and ones that don't
Also should create matrix that includes modes of communication, active engagement of faculty, range of financial support, financial sustainability (hard vs soft money), sustainable, impact on teaching/earlning/research, develop infrastructure/technology tools
Environmental scan - demonstrators sound cool, but are there research assistants to do this sort of thing too?
ID and interviewing of leadership in DH activities, societies for DH, what's going on with ACH, Haystack - how can we work together?
Who's had success? What did it take on their campus?
Faculty development group for educating scholars
Demonstrator request: videos or storyboards that depict faculty collaboration that results in teaching/research/and institutional outcomes
Need for ID humanities funding recipients/organization
Compiling list of corporate interests that use different org models of project management that we can learn from
Need to develop ways to articulate the case for Bamboo - demonstrator request for 2 min elevator speeches that demonstrate what/why important for target audiences
Benefits as we make the cases for how it can help hum research, cost of not doing anything
Affects student success/placement; public institutions - outreach to state in articulating advantages of traditional individualistic approach, what are advantages of collaborative
Good at understanding problems, not clear about what PB can do for us, how can it meet needs of variety of institutions (Research, small liberal arts, etc)
Can PB meet the needs of all, or do we need to focus the membership?
Should not be in the business of trying to change culture of disciplines
Need to change culture of the institutions a bit
What libraries/IT folks do to listen to what faculty are trying to accomplish - instead of telling them
Academic support groups are real collaborators, but it has to be faculty drive to succeed



Group notes

Questions that need to be addressed to shape this direction

  • Is this the best or only way of Bamboo networking with other structures?
  • Looking to scholarly societies, other structures as well as institutions.
  • Assuming we are working within institutions, where is the agenda set in the institution? Faculty, librarians, tech specialists, scholars, students, all of the above? How does one articulate and lead a consensus and agenda?
  • How can project Bamboo gain an adequate understanding of existing models of institutional partnerships/lessons learned
  • How to interact with capacity and scarcity of IT resources in different institutions?
  • What can Bamboo do to try to appeal in broadest possible way to humanists on campus who are somewhat resistant to spending time/energy/resources in this endeavor?
  • Money: to garner support means financial support in some sense; we had people from different kinds of institutions, and everywhere it's hard to get an institutional investment at this point.
  • What might happen, how might we get that? What kind of argument can we make ot our administration to support Bamboo financially?
  • How do we get top-level administrative buy-in? How should it be funded?
  • At Berkeley - first time they'd had a top-level buy-in, and that was due to how it was presented to administration
  • How will you go about pairing resources we have with scholarly projects? Outreach, understanding what's there.
  • Different resources are available, so how can Bamboo connect those institutions and facilitate interaction inter/nationally?
  • Figuring out ways the ideas and programs of Bamboo could be presented to deans, provosts, presidents, boards of regents, trustees, etc. to get financial support
  • What could Bamboo do to impact scholarly organizations and professional meetings?

Rewards

  • Economies of scale/efficiencies---you are getting something great by collaborating without the sole burden of doing it yourself (financial motivation)
  • Recruitment and retention of faculty---competition with peers is a motivation for university administration


Risks

  • Not talking about it
  • That Bamboo develops in a way that alienates Arts faculty & others who might not see themselves as part of this
  • Bamboo doesn't go anywhere

Scope

In Scope

Making a case for Bamboo on campus:

  • Institutional 'ask' hinges on what Bamboo is going to be
  • We have silos and we're trying to break those down
  • Finding examples of success
  • Solving knowledge problems in the disciplines
  • Articulating what the payoff is for humanities faculty
  • Bamboo can help maximize the things your campus does really well (watering 200 houseplants v. 10 mighty oaks)
  • We're not focusing on a subject matter but a process---creating a backbone/new way for doing academic work that brings in humanities scholars, IT, libraries, etc.

Key components to building a collaborative structure:

  • Unfettered access to expertise local or remote
  • Sharing experiences to reveal patterns---comparative data could be assembled

At University of Washington digital humanities center really does help provide institutional support as does creating a degree program in the digital arts; at University of Virginia, a new umbrella organization for digital humanities is in place; collect stories on campus to point to inefficiencies in digital humanities support; consortiums such as CHCI and CenterNet could be resources

  • Defining the business model and levels of commitment in a way that everyone can participate

For example, Hathi Trust started as 13 institutions working collaboratively, but eventually Michigan and Indiana took the lead and contracted services with the rest of the consortium. Will Berkeley & Chicago take the lead? Mellon?; Institutional support for traveling to participate and get word out

  •  Look beyond institutions---academic disciplines are spanning institutional boundaries

Is there a role for the academic societies? Some aren't in a position to provide resources but they do provide networking.  They should be the ones we're looking for when it comes to standards. Bamboo should be liaising with them and members should travel to those conferences to get word out about Bamboo. A small dedicated group of faculty who are already turned on to this---there should be more integration at conferences

Top priorities to address by W3 (Jan 2009)


1)      Defining what is in it for various institutions and defining membership options

2)      Identifying successful models

3)      Identifying forms of support and strategies for getting it



Workplan

What needs to be done before Workshop Three? (Jan 12)

1)  Collect and categorize support models -- digital humanities and other models that could be applied to digital humanities -- that work well, don't work well in a variety of settings

  • Environmental scan, literature review, mission statement examination 
  • Develop matrix, which might include: modes of communicating, degrees of active engagement of faculty, range of financial support, financial sustainability (soft v. hard money support), results/impacts on teaching, learning, and research, infrastructure and technology tools (See Stories page for further nformation)
  • Identify & interview leadership in digital humanities/societies--find faculty on campuses who have had success and find out what it takes; consider work of Bamboo faculty development group in 'educating' scholars
  • Identify humanities funding entities and recipients (IMLS, NEH grants, etc.)
  • Compile a list of corporate interests that use different organizational models (project management, creative project metaphor, etc.) 

2)  Develop ways (including elevator speeches) to articulate the case for Bamboo--what it is and why it matters. Audiences might include faculty, administration, private donors, etc.

Considerations/benefits in making the case:

  • Ways computing can further humanities research in general
  • Cost of not doing anything
  • Student success/placement
  • How faculty can improve productivity
  • Outreach to the state
  • Articulating advantages of the collaborative model 

Random Notes:  We are good at understanding problems on campus... what we don't know is what Bamboo can do for us.

How can Bamboo meet the need of a variety of institutions? Or do we ultimately decide that membership is narrow.

We should not be in the business of changing the culture of the disciplines, we need to focus on culture of the institutions. It is more about libraries and IT listening to what faculty are trying to accomplish. We are academic support groups that support faculty (real collaborators) but it has to be faculty-driven.

What other resources will / might be needed?

  • Research assistance to conduct environmental scan, literature review, etc.

Do you foresee needing any demonstrator projects?

  • Videos or storyboards depicting faculty collaboration that results in a teaching outcome, research outcome, and institutional outcome.
  • Two-minute elevator speeches that demonstrates what it is and why it matters. Audiences might include faculty, administration, private donors, etc.





Flipcharts

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W2-Support-1
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS?
Buy-in from PB leadership council and their active participation along with broad-based volunteer effort from this community
DEMONSTRATOR PROJECTS
1) Presentation or V12 of principles that emerge from this 3-month planning effort (3 hr)
2) An information architecture for clearinghouse of information (3 wk)

W2-Support-2
ROUGH PLAN OF WORK
1) Set up wiki/online space for collective principles
1) Work with other groups to establish common set of principles brawn from work of all groups
2) Identify broad categories of info and resources with input from other groups for clearinghouse

MILESTONES
Formation of working groups

  • Nov 12: Initial call to groups to give feedback as to guiding principles
  • Dec 12: If no response, we will look for principles implicit in wiki materials
  • Jan 3: Last minute check in for comments/missing?

1 Comment

  1. Unknown User (abosse@uchicago.edu)

    How does one (formally?) join a working group? This one, for example..