One key role of Bamboo going forward should be to serve as an an ongoing convener for the arts/humanities/interpretive social sciences research community. This is modeled on a successful role we see occurring with the CNI organization on behalf of its constituencies.
One reason this seems so important is to build on and sustain the energy, excitement and enthusiasm I observed among participants at the Chicago workshop in May. Having that broad range of people in one shared gathering, coming from different institutions/organizations, academic disciplines, and professions (including librarians, central IT, library/information science, computer science, university presses, etc.), was invigorating and eye opening. It enabled connections to be made that would not likely have occurred in other settings.
Bamboo can convene regular conferences and meetings of its consortial members and the broader set of users of Bamboo services for a number of purposes. These can include showcasing of local projects and innovations in breakout sessions, creating opportunities to link up with colleagues and potential collaborators, supporting presentations from over-arching organizations and agencies, and the like.
Bamboo can convene focused workshops of strategic initiatives, directions or standards-building efforts, as CNI and other organizations have successfully done. This is a way to support the advocacy role for important agendas for the arts/humanities/interpretive social sciences community.
Bamboo can jointly convene gatherings in conjunction with other relevant organizations, such as CNI does with JISC, with the Data Curation Center, and so forth, fostering linkages between independent entities to contribute to a greater whole. For example, there may be joint opportunities with the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, the MLA, the African American History Association, with cultural institutions such as museums and archives, and others.
Of course, Bamboo can convene ongoing discussion and collaboration online as well as at meetings, this was viewed as highly desirable in discussions at Chicago.
On another level, the global Bamboo effort can serve as a rationale and driver for convening local campus (or regional, such as the CIC) discussions among the same types of academic disciplines and professions, as we plan to do at Wisconsin and as Minnesota has recently done. These in turn can feed back into the overall Bamboo effort.
And so forth. So, "To Bamboo" can mean, in part, "To Convene." This, in turn, contributes to the sustainability of this initiative.
(See Exercise 7 Scribe Notes for group 1b - B (Steve Masover, scribe).)