Project Bamboo

Project Bamboo
Wednesday 30 June 2010

The ANU has entered into a global partnership in digital humanities with University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago and Oxford University.

The consortium, called Project Bamboo is a cyberinfrastructure project in the Humanities and the Arts. Initiated by Berkeley and University of Chicago and funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, it brings together researchers & educators, computer scientists & domain specialists, librarians & information technologists, technology professionals & information scientists to develop and apply shared technology services in order to advance research and learning in the arts and the humanities.

The Bamboo approach is rooted in creating, reusing, remixing and sharing technology services and digital content across project, institutional, organisational, regional and national boundaries.

ANU, led by the Humanities Research Centre in collaboration with CASS’s Digital Humanities Hub, is now a core partner of this Consortium and is currently involved in two 18-month team projects to create a Bamboo Services Platform (BSP). The BSP is the conduit through which software will be transformed from narrowly tailored, idiosyncratically accessed, and atypically developed forms to a services architecture that conforms to open standards of access, data exchange and deployment.

Currently, Project Bamboo has nominated four technology areas being developed:

  1. Work Spaces
  2. Corpora Space
  3. Scholarly Web Services
  4. Collections Interoperability

The ANU will be initially contributing to the Work Spaces and Collections Interoperability areas .

The board of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved funding for the Project Bamboo technology proposal. The Foundation is providing a grant of $1.293 million for technology designed to support research in the humanities.  The grant covers an 18-month plan of work that will include the creation of scholarly Work Spaces, the design of future Corpora Space applications, and the basic platforms and collection interoperability services that will support these and additional tools in the future.
UC Berkeley will lead and coordinate the project, and the work will be carried out by a consortium of universities, each of which is making a substantial investment of its own resources.  The partnering universities are: Australian National University; Indiana University; Northwestern University; Tufts University; University of Chicago; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; University of Maryland; University of Oxford; and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The ANU Bamboo team members include:
Principal Investigator and Leader: Debjani Ganguly (also Board Member of the Bamboo Steering Committee)
Project Manager: Doug Moncur, DOI
Web Developer: Junran Lei
Faculty consultants: Kim McKenzie and Katherine Bode.

For more information please contact
Debjani Ganguly
Humanities Research Centre
Phone: 61259877

Visit the Project Bamboo website
Visit the Digital Humanities Hub website


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