Saturday, August 16, 2008

Project Bamboo

Bamboo is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, and inter-organizational effort that brings together researchers in arts and humanities, computer scientists, information scientists, librarians, and campus information technologists to tackle the question: How can we advance arts and humanities research through the development of shared technology services?

Project Bamboo launched in April 2008 with the first workshop at Berkeley. We held three additional instances of Workshop One (Chicago, Paris, and Princeton), and in the process met with over 360 arts and humanities faculty, computer scientists, librarians, information technologists, and others from over 90 colleges, universities, and private and public organizations who were interested in advancing arts and humanities research through shared technologies. Now the project is moving into its next stage -- analysis -- and we need your help. [snip]

Bamboo is an international effort that includes liberal arts colleges, community colleges, research universities, national consortia, disciplinary societies, industry and other organizations that are concerned with advancing the humanities through the development of shared digital technologies. If we move toward a shared services model, any faculty member, scholar, or researcher can use and reuse content, resources, and applications no matter where they reside, what their particular field of interest is, or what support may be available to them. Our goal is to better enable and foster academic innovation through sharing and collaboration.

Project Bamboo is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.






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  • Janet Broughton, Dean of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Gregory A. Jackson, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of Chicago


  • Anthony Cascardi, Director, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, and Professor of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, and Spanish, University of California, Berkeley

  • James Chandler, Director, Franke Institute for the Humanities, and Professor of English Language and Literature, Committees on the History of Culture, Cinema and Media Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies, and the College, University of Chicago

  • Charles Faulhaber, Director, Bancroft Library, and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley

  • Ian Foster, Director, Computation Institute, and Professor of Computer Science and the College, University of Chicago, and Associate Division Director of Mathematics and ComputerScience, Argonne National Laboratory

  • Judith Nadler, Director and University Librarian, The University of Chicago Library, University of Chicago

  • Martha Roth, Dean of the Division of the Humanities and Professor of Assyriology, Oriental Institute, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the College, University of Chicago

  • Stuart Russell, Professor and Chair, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • Shelton Waggener, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer, University of California, Berkeley


  • David A. Greenbaum, Director of Data Services, Information Services and Technology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Chad J. Kainz, Senior Director for Academic Technologies, Networking Services & Information Technologies, University of Chicago

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