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User Stories Collection

During breakout discussions to set direction for the Project Bamboo Work Groups participants were asked to identify initial tasks to be completed during the gap between W2 and W3.  Several teams identified the collection of User Stories or Use Cases as an important first step.  Those teams were Standards, Tools and Repositories, Institutional Support and Service Framework.  After hearing the descriptions of the other groups, the Scholarly-Social Networking group found that some of their requests could be folded into the category of user stories as well.

This page is intended to focus the collection of User Stories by those five groups and ultimately to shape a space and a process for maintaining their documentation and linkage to Bamboo work.


  • Each group should aim to create a collection of user stories by 11/21 (the last Friday before Thanksgiving).
  • A space or tool should be developed for maintaining user stories and their linkage to Bamboo work as the project moves forward.

Specific Needs Per Group

The following pages include details about the specific elements needed by each work group.

User Stories - Standards

User Stories - Tools and Repositories

User Stories - Institutional Partnerships and Support

User Stories - Service Framework

User Stories - Scholarly-Social Networking


  • These tasks and the analysis of the linkages between the stories and the derived artifacts (eg. Standards, Tools, Activities) is going to be a complex and necessary task. It would be good to get someone with some Information Architecture background to look for a tool, process or space design that can be used to keep this information and process organized.
  • The planning committee should coordinate the call for user stories coming from the various groups to reduce confusion and overburdening faculty with numerous requests if at all possible.

Models and Helpful Documents


  1. Unknown User (

    I participated in the first round of the Pachyderm project (a New Media Consortium) and the scenarios writing process seemed to me very effective and might offer a model for gathering short stories. Keeping in mind that the participants in this case were talking about a rather narrow set of activities, riffing off an existing tool, which would not be the case for Bamboo. <> Story writing was highly distributed, easy, and agnostic about skills and background.

    1. Unknown User (

      Thanks, Claire.  That is a great suggestion.  I just added one of the documents from the Pachyderm archive to the list of models and helpful documents.  If you think another resource from that archive would be better, please adjust as you see fit.

  2. Unknown User (


    Pachyderm offers an interesting model indeed.

    I have a general, sort of primary, question  about the topic tough. Are we talking about stories

    1- in their intrinsic value? Stories that include community stories - largely "grassroots videos" ( the term coined by the Horizon Report 2008)? When we speak of collections and indexation, are we talking of how to make sense of all the information already existing?... Maybe dicuss new storytelling engines that make use of large (at the tera & peta scale) databases?


    2- are we talking specifically about collecting stories (in the form of interviews, etc) of successful collaborations in Digital Humanities projects? If so, what aim would underline the collection/indexation?... a simple repository of stories for new Bamboo members? A base to advocate the need for support next to funders? etc etc.

    If it's #2, Donna Cox at NCSA, UIUC - as well as Alaina Kanfer - have worked extensively with this topic of collaboration across disciplines (Cox's famous "renaissance teams" etc). A story about that work would be a great asset for this group. Anyone out there from NCSA?(smile)

    Thanks (and sorry I could not participate in wk #2 - so apologies if I sound a bit lost here...)