What does it take for a DH project to go from concept to community treasure? While some DH projects are purely experimental, many project leaders are eager to see their work grow and develop over time and become useful to a significant community of scholars and students.
This workshop will introduce digital project leaders to the basics of dynamic sustainability, the notion that for a project to continue to grow and develop over time, its leaders must create and encourage an ongoing cycle of support. Using examples of success stories from the field, the session will offer an outline of some practical steps you can take to develop a reliable sustainability model, exploring the role of audience, the host institution, and the potential for a range of revenue sources. Participants at all stages of work, from developing proposals to running established projects, are encouraged to attend.
Workshop leader Nancy Maron is author of Sustaining the Digital Humanities, Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for your Digital Resources, and several other reports and case studies concerning strategies for DH support. Prior to founding BlueSky to BluePrint, she led the Sustainability and Scholarly Communications team at Ithaka S+R. She currently serves as President of the Board of the Yonkers Public Library.