Leveling the field for institutions with fewer resources

"align campus infrastructure initiative with broader trends" (Ex 1, 1b-A)

"thinks IT doesn't know what to do with less grant-heavy areas; some kind of infrastructure that lets them meet the needs of the less rich areas" (Ex 1, 1b-B)

"my university is really small, so being in the same room as the heavy hitters, he'd like to see a raising-up of opportunity for other people" (Ex 1, 1b-B)

"thinks the access issue in higher education is huge: haves & have-nots; as technology is revolutionizing the record industry, so it affects higher education; information is power/money, and it affects who has the power/money" (Ex 1, 1b-B)

"the public good, creation of public assets, equity, resources" (Ex 1, 1b-B)

"often universities have staff but not money; e.g. Habitat for Humanity: sweat equity; maybe small institutions who can't afford $ could contribute sweat equity" (Ex 1, 1b-B)

"Can we contribute open-knowledge content across institutions that we can then use in lieu of purchasing a CD of stuff that my institution must have, but has not assembled for re-use." (Ex 1, 1b-C)

"Haves and has-not divide between large and small institutions" (Ex 1, 1b-C)

"A small institution can't support brilliant scholarship with homegrown infrastructure ... what consortial work can support (diverse / unique) scholarship" (Ex 1, 1b-C)

"Mellon funded projects don't think about teaching, or reach out to community colleges." (Ex 1, 1b-D)

"Most compelling passages in the [Bamboo] proposal was the part where someone at a teaching institution could make use of the same resource available to the Tier 1 Research institution." (Ex 1, 1b-F)

"Can Bamboo develop shared services that are capable of being shared beyond well endowed research institutions?" (Ex 1, 1b-F)

"Perception that many institutions needed help in delivering help in supporting scholarship in A&H" (Ex 1, 1c-E)

"Small, liberal arts colleges really are underfunded. Many colleagues in the same boat. Working on Ernst Barlach.. copyright issues are a real pain. I can't spend years tracking down the rights. Very encouraged that there is a broad mix of people at the table." (Ex 1, 1d-A)

"No tech resources at our museum - so we want to be able to make good use of this - rising tide." (Ex 1, 1d-A)

"small institution cannot create its own tools -- what about everyone else who can't build them" (Ex 1, 1d-F)

"Bamboo as opportunity for overcoming limited resources. Bamboo could help overcome campus dominance (campus over discipline, field)" (Ex 1, 1d-G)

"Willingness to think beyond institutional boundaries, acceleration of connectivity" (Ex 1, 1d-G)

"I'm much better off now than I would have been ten years ago because of ability to find materials in WorldCat or JSTOR. "The field has been leveled considerably" already." (Ex 2, 1b-C)

"collaborations of the Bamboo type can help level the field vis-à-vis how one is known in the field, one's chances at publication, one's ability to be known in one's field. "Leveling the ground" between these diverse types of institutions. I'm much better off now than I would have been ten years ago because of ability to find materials in WorldCat or JSTOR. "The field has been leveled considerably" already." (Ex 2, 1b-C)

"At a teaching university, one is still judged on research accomplishment when it comes time for tenure review ... even though there's little support from the institution vis-à-vis research." (Ex 2, 1b-C)

"Leveling the ground (equalizing research opportunities among researchers with different levels of resources)" (Ex 3, 1a-C)

"SERVICE INTEGRATION -- intra-institutional. Common on an institutional level, but not on the level of individual scholars (most scholarly collaboration is inter-institutional). Bamboo can function inter or intra-institutionally. Need a Rewards Structure that moves across domains as well as through and between institutions" (Ex 3, 1d-C)

"we don't have the staff to do these things in terms of applying staff to do these innovative projects. Empowerment is key." (Ex 6a, 1a-A)

"Are the wikis short or long lived? For the MFA it persists for the life of the program. Who supports it? Who is paying for it? Our staff is paying for it supporting it. Is it institutional? No, it should be. We don't have a system support. ITS is responsible, but the divisional liaisons responsibility. ITS central cut is more likely." (Ex 6a, 1a-C)

"Grad student practices - we have 3 areas of expertise: visual culture, museum culture, and mapping. Produce creative theses, have to do a dissertation, but also produce a film (visual anthropologists) but we came up to limits of our digital facilities. Electric installation art - have to write about it but also produce one himself. Problems: creating his piece of art, depends on audience interaction. Found it difficult to accommodate every dimension of that w/ in a video context. Sought all kinds of expertise but existing resources didn't enable him to produce a thesis w/ all elements. Talked to supercomputing who helped him come up w/ modeling to simulate entire process. A lot of PhD scholarship is collaborative in our institution. Developing search engine to bring indigenous art from all over the world. Funded internationally. School not equipped to deal w/ these challenges." (Ex 6a, 1d-F)

"Lack of access to materials. Moved from a large institution to a smaller one with fewer resources." (Ex 6b, 1d-A)

"Enable the "haves" to share with the "have nots"" (Ex 6b, 1b-B)

"business of bringing resources to poor institutions - rationale is we have colleagues at professionally remote organizations who are underperforming due to poor access to resources. pushing resources out benefits whole field." (Ex 7, 1d-E)

"how many have read acls report for cyberinfrastructure? found striking: isn't this what libraries (e.g. at harvard) already do? maybe we should link all these libraries together, given that we rent access to datasets. good for institutions with lots of funds. maybe bamboo could analyze carefully what infrastructure would work for the poor as well as the rich. one way we move from paper to digital (maps, e.g.) is by scanning, but at $20-30/sheet, hundreds of sheets, adds up. need to know who else has already done this. think of slide libraries already moving to scanned images, separately, when costs of moving slides into database with metadata is quite high." (Ex 7, 1d-E)

"business of bringing resources to poor institutions - rationale is we have colleagues at professionally remote organizations who are underperforming due to poor access to resources. pushing resources out benefits whole field." (Ex 7, 1d-E)

"How can PB add value at my institution? Group of small liberal arts institutions. We all had a neg impression for what possibilities would be for small lib arts inst. Does it make sense for us to continue to be involved? Want to stay positive- we can build something together that will be great. What can PB do that's creative, innovative, and will last that will entice people to use PB services. 3 small thoughts on what that could be:
1. Bamboo Facebook - could PB make some sort of service that acts as scholarly orientation/organization for dig hum? Twitter people, poke your faculty friends, do digital scholarship, all Web 2.0 - don't have to have hard buildings for hum scholarship, could do it virtually. My faculty might be interested - we're in a small area in Virginia.
2. Bamboo Marketplace - I have faculty asking "I just have a little small project, some Java code, something that will do this) - we don't have a Java programmer for your specific project, but what if there was a marketplace and look for people who might be selling their wares there. Java programmers with some background in the Humanities - like bringing something home from the marketplace and taking it home. Helps me - solved problem for faculty member. 3. Finally - float up a Bamboo cloud. Help me get out of storage business, high-performance computing. We're a small place - do I have to hire computationalists to run a comp cluster for 3 faculty members who run the same 5 codes as everyone else everywhere?" (W3, Perspectives: Information Technology, Rick Peterson, Chief Technology Officer, Washington and Lee University)

"One point I would underscore is the importance of Project Bamboo assisting smaller institutions. I represent one such institution, where our funding and resources are not abundant. However, we have collections that I am sure would be of interest to large and small institutions throughout not just our region, but outside our region as well. It would be great if Project Bamboo could serve, at least in part, as a consortium to aid and assist small institutions needing guidance, tools, and expertise from those more knowledgeable in digital humanities." (Tools & Content Partners working group, Richard Wisneski, 1/14/09 comment)

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