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Workshop Discussion DRAFT 1.0 - Bamboo Program Document

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This document is version 1.0 of the Workshop Discussion DRAFT of the Bamboo Program and shall be used as the basis for work in Workshop 4. The purpose of this document is to frame a dialog among participants and as such, share preliminary and provisional information regarding the Bamboo Program. This will allow institutions and organizations participating in the Bamboo Planning Process to help determine (1) the long term future of Bamboo and, most importantly, (2) define what activities Bamboo will carry out in its first three year implementation phase (from 2010-2012). Unlike previous versions, this draft is designed to solicit input from the participants taking part in Bamboo Workshop 4. Changes, edits and recommendations collected at and immediately after Workshop 4 shall be incorporated into the Bamboo Program Document v1.1.

Please note that we are updating this document frequently based on wide ranging input from the Bamboo community. These updates are indicated as ".1", ".2", ".3", etc updates. In addition, we will occasionally make major document revisions. These are noted as "1.X", "2.X", and so forth. Between major document revisions there may be some inconsistencies in language used between the sections of the document.

The content and direction expressed within the sections of this document shall be considered as provisional and will be subject to potentially substantial change between this version and the final edition of the Bamboo Program slated for release in Fall 2009.


Executive Summary

1. Vision

What are the major opportunities and problems that the Bamboo Community is addressing, and what is the future we wish to create for higher education institutions working together to support teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences.

2. Scope of Work

Bamboo is different from most community development efforts in that it is not striving to create a single application nor a suite of software. Instead, the scope of Bamboo and the program of work is centered around creating cyberinfrastructure and with that, shared capacity within, across, and between institutions to better enable and foster innovation in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Components, clouds, collaborations, and communities are all part of the scope of Bamboo.

Major Activities

3. The Forum

  • 3.1. Scholarly Network
    The virtual place for people to discover, explore, and connect with other people and groups across the Bamboo community.  The Bamboo Scholarly Network may be implemented through interconnecting existing social networking tools, including the use of plug-ins and/or widgets based on open interface standards that will allow the Scholarly Network to be easily incorporated into existing portals, virtual research environments, or other research workflow systems and tools.
  • 3.2. Scholarly Narratives
    A growing body of scholars' stories about the use of digital technologies across the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences.  These narratives serve as one critical entry point for learning what can be done and for rapidly sharing updates on work in progress.  This Scholarly Narratives hub will interconnect with digital Recipes, Tools Guide, Educational Materials, and Services Atlas described below.
  • 3.3. Recipes (Workflows)
    The Scholarly Narratives are the stories scholars told about what they wanted to do with technology in their research and teaching and Recipes draw on the narratives to propose general tasks that scholars want to accomplish with information technology. The Recipes draw on examples and describe a generalized way (a workflow) of doing something important to a scholar. Recipes are assembled and described by a community of scholarship that includes faculty, librarians, and/or technology support-staff who both use the technology and support research, teaching, learning, and scholarship. In essence, Recipes are distillation of the Bamboo Community's ideas around how to best accomplish real academic tasks.
  • 3.4. Tools and Content Guide
    The guide allows one to both publish information about, and to discover, tools and content sources that are of value for research and teaching.  Scholarly Narratives and Recipes will draw from and point to this community annotated list of tools and content resources.  This registry becomes another "view," like that of the Scholarly Network, Narratives, and Recipes, on what is possible and what materials are available to help.
  • 3.5. Other Educational and Curricular Materials
    A place for the dissemination and discussion of other related educational and curricular materials that can help students, faculty, library and technology professionals, and others to best integrate developing digital content and tools into researching, teaching, and public service.
  • 3.6. Bamboo Community Environment(s)
    The environment where Scholarly Network, Narratives, Recipes, Tools/Content Guide, Educational Materials can be found. The environment may take two general forms: (1) as a user interface that Bamboo develops and is run for the community and/or (2) by developing each of these elements as information widgets/gadgets that can be incorporated into existing Virtual Research and Collaborative Environments.

4. The Cloud

  • 4.1. Services Atlas
    The Services Atlas records and delivers community input (Scholarly Narratives,Recipes, Activities, Tool examples, Content/Resource examples, Service Families, Service Candidates, Service Contracts, and extant Services - including community-contributed references to information outside the formal bounds of Bamboo) in easily updated, linked, annotatable forms that may be mixed, matched, categorized, and re-categorized in order to render the community's understanding of scholarly practice accessible from the multiple perspectives of diverse stakeholders native to Bamboo. Dynamic ability to incorporate and view evolving input and analysis, and quickly and clearly draw connections to broader context, will benefit faculty, librarians, funders, institutional leaders, technical architects, and service developers. These varied views of a changing landscape will enable informed governance by key stakeholders in_ arts, humanities, and qualitative social sciences scholarship. The services atlas is not a user interface, web page, or application; it is exposed as a set of services that may be presented in a tool, page, portal, or interface of one's choice, including but not limited to the Bamboo Exchange.
  • 4.2. Bamboo Exchange
    The Bamboo Exchange will serve as a focal point for information about services, tools, and content, including but not limited to services incorporated in the Service Atlas; and as a venue for resource exchange between marketplace participants. Incentives to participate in this marketplace will include a community-driven award system (including monetary rewards), expanded metrics about the way services are used by scholars and campuses, publicity, channels of communication to and feedback from the community of institutions and disciplines participating in Bamboo, as well as an avenue for access to Bamboo's experimental "incubator" service-deployment platform (cf. Local and Incubator Services).
  • 4.3. Shared Services Lifecycle
    Sub-section 4.3.1, "Local and Incubator Services," describes early phases of discovery, adoption, or development of services of interest to the Bamboo Community. Sub-section 4.3.2, "Common Services," describes a phase of service refinement that addresses concerns like sustainability, standards-compliance, and reliability. Sub-section 4.3.3, "Bamboo Service-Delivery Appliances and the Bamboo Cloud," describes how Bamboo intends to make services available for use.
  • 4.4. Tool and Application Alignment Partnerships
    Bamboo will partner with interested tool and application projects and developers to wrap and/or deliver functionality (automation capabilities) as services that can be deployed alongside, and interoperate with, Bamboo Common Services. By exposing capabilities from other projects and providers as Bamboo-affiliated services, broader and more diverse uptake of those capabilities is more likely; such exposure will also enrich the pool of service candidates being considered for refinement into Bamboo Common Services. These partnerships will deepen and broaden the Bamboo ecosystem with expertise and experience rooted in domain- and function-centric communities.
  • 4.5. Content Interoperability Partnerships
    Bamboo will partner with interested content (digital resource) providers to enable Bamboo Common Services to discover, search, and appropriately operate on their diverse and distributed holdings. Similarly, partnerships with interested repository platform providers will enable Bamboo Common Services to discover, search, and appropriately operate on resources hosted on platforms of strategic value to communities of arts, humanities, and qualitative social science scholarship. These efforts will likely take the form of modeling, implementing, and deploying service interfaces that conform to extant and emerging standards to expose strategically identified content stores and platforms. Bamboo-facilitated exposure of content via service interfaces will broaden uptake and trans-disciplinary opportunities for scholarship, as well as suggest additional candidates for refinement into Bamboo Common Services.

5. Bamboo Labs

  • 5.1. Diversity, Innovation and Labs
    Bamboo establishes and maintains a community of individuals, projects, and institutions that are interested in working together while also providing the administrative support and organizational context for the ongoing effort. Within the larger organization are the individual projects and diverse activities that ultimately define Bamboo.
  • 5.2. An Ecosystem of Projects and Initiatives
    Bamboo is much more than a cyberinfrastructure, e-research, or e-infrastructure initiative; it represents a range of interlinked activities, individual projects, and related endeavors that form an ecosystem of collaborative effort. It exists within an even larger macroecology of academic disciplines, professional fields, and technical environments. As such, it is important that Bamboo strives to fit in wherever possible as it is a component of a larger array of systems and ecologies.
  • 5.3. Structure
    Bamboo is structured around three clusters of activity: Bamboo Explore, Bamboo Plan, and Bamboo Build. These three structures provide the context for labs to be created, sustained, and delivered.
  • 5.4. Liaisons
    An important aspect to Bamboo is its ability to formally liaise with other organizations, consortia, projects and initiatives in order to share ideas, minimize duplication of effort, and promote the use of already established standards, specifications, and practices. Although numerous informal connections undoubtedly exist between participants in the Bamboo Community, formal liaison relationships are necessary to connect Bamboo activities with the work of other groups.
  • 5.5. Governance
    The governance model for Bamboo is based on a moderately decentralized approach of three leadership committees (one for each area of Explore, Plan, Build), a Bamboo Board that has representatives from the leadership committees and the broader community, and an executive director that is part of an overall Bamboo Office.

Supplementary Material

6. Appendices

  • 6.1. Scholarly Practices
  • 6.2. Services Atlas
  • 6.3. Planning Project Participants
  • 6.4. Planning Project Demonstrators

7. Glossary

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    In sections 4.1 and 4.2, it would be good to indicate how the Atlas and the Exchange respectively relate to the Forum.  There clearly seems to be overlap but it is not explained here.