16 April - 5/10 Scholarly Networking (John Norman)
Discovery of specific relevant resources and other projects'
Support for isolated scholars
Support for early-career scholars
Discovery, communication and collaboration-enabled profile information
Different sites have different profile setups
Since the last meeting...
Participants helping review different extant technologies (haven't analyzed yet, no conclusion, but a lot of promising stuff)
At Cambridge, discovered a potential role for university presses in supporting scholarly societies
VRE user research models
OU has done extensive survey of faculty re: use of social networking
Further exploration of how scholarly networking intersects w/ institution/discipline/individual
Talks with Heurist - one of promising technologies
Arithmetic of collaboration: 2 + 2 = 5 - this is what we expected, what went wrong
2 + 2 + 2 = 3
For every institution, you put 2 in and get 3 out - don't give up, collaboration is hard, but it's worth it
Q & A
Outcome of OU survey - scholars & students alike are using social networking sites
I wondered to what extent that reflects practice at other universities
A: Well, that's what's available - not necessarily because what people want to happen?
Critical mass effect - I don't think academia.edu hasn't gotten the traction yet.
"Network effect" - some existing networks are getting close
Observations - all this shows us is that a need is there
16 April - 5/10 Narratives & Recipes (Duffy Gillman & Tim Cole)
Scholars contributed a great deal of detail in W1 - felt disconnected at W2
Artifacts that should've been there to bring people together were missing
Provide a connection between scholarship & IT
As you read the program document, scholarly narratives have taken on "how do we talk about ourselves/define the needs?" - keeping worlds aligned
Scholarship we're trying to support, and the consortium trying to support cyberinfrastructure
Technologist: how can we understand needs of scholars? How do we market ourselves to scholars/funding agencies?
Scholars: What technologies support my work? What needs aren't served?
PB needs a map: an artifact that keeps us all focused.
From world of scholarship to tech on the other
Bamboo "Tri-Group" team envisions such a map
What recipes are within a given narrative? What activities? How do these map to tools/content services?
This is a framework for our understanding
Importance of understanding needs
Narratives not always written using technology terms
Going from narratives to requirements - recipes as model for doing that, probably needs some refinement
Teasing out relevant elements to identify activities/needs/shared services/etc.
Enables scholar to do what they're doing, better
Bridge technologists and scholarship
Scholars do work in their head while organizing information, but it's helpful to gather information all in one place
Most scholars use some kind of technology, even if working in their head - even if only note cards, marginalia, etc.
Demonstrator using XSLT (#45, Hooper) - reformatting TEI into HTML; this is kind of service
Scholarly narrative can become a motivation and assessment measure of a certain service
Implications for Bamboo: "forum" facet will advance narrative/recipe/activity service to make it more streamlined/efficient
Is recipe top/down? Is that appropriate?
Should there be a technologist's equivalent? Are we leaving them out?
Translating between communities - language that makes sense to each
Encourage people to put their stickers on narratives
How best to curate this?
Q & A
Bradley Cohen - Univ of MN - what about an active research process to assess practice and discover recipes rather than blanket calls? TC: ethnography & funded analysts & data gatherers will produce more and more useful results ... once there is interest/funding to realize that more focused effort
John Coleman - Bamboo has not yet exploited extant surveys, including applications for funding (mentioned at W1 as a source). DG: Yes. But we don't have funding yet. This is the right thing to do, but we haven't had a lot of traction to-date given volunteer-only work. TC: Perhaps JC can identify particular sources that ought to be mined.