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

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Working Groups

About working groups

The overarching charge to all Bamboo working groups at this stage of the planning project is to identify areas and define approaches that should be considered for inclusion into Bamboo's activities in the implementation phase. Because the current working group activity is part of the overall planning project, groups should not focus on seeking specific answers or conducting exhaustive research, but instead provide topic definition, chart courses, and develop action plans for Bamboo. This work should be supported by appropriate documentation, professional perspectives, and community contributions. Working groups should incorporate data gathered in previous workshops (as posted on the planning wiki), seek input from individual faculty and technical experts (including those outside of Bamboo), and engage professional and scholarly societies as need. Also, because time is limited between Workshops 2 and 3, we hope that working groups will focus on a small number of ideas and demonstrators rather than trying to tackle a broad array of topics.

Working group membership shall include representatives of institutions and organizations that participated in Workshop 2 as well as those who applied and were accepted into Workshops 2 and 3. Participation in a working group is not limited to only those individuals who attended Workshop 2; any member of a campus or organization's extended Bamboo team can participate. In addition to a group's membership, each working group shall be led by a team of facilitators who come from the Bamboo community and participated in Workshop 2, and include at least one Bamboo program staff liaison.

Because we are in the planning stage, working groups should seek to engage as many experts as possible, and share thoughts and ideas with other working groups. Most importantly, working groups should reach out to and seek input from faculty across the broad spectrum of disciplines in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences. The soul of this project is in the humanities and without input and guidance from faculty across a range of disciplines and institutions, we will run the risk of defining technologies and processes that lack a connection to teaching, learning, and research.

An added resource for working groups is the broader Bamboo community, and groups should feel free to pose questions or ask for input from all of those who have expressed interest in the project. The program staff can work with you to communicate with the community.

Finally, the Demonstrators team is here to help and we encourage you to contact them with issues and ideas. Keep in mind that demonstrators don't actually have to work - they can be concepts, mockups, diagrams, or illustrations that better reinforce or present ideas that emerge out of working group discussions. Demonstrators are a critical part of the planning project and we hope to see each working group take advantage of this opportunity to illustrate concepts that may difficult to explain or express otherwise.