Creating a Project plan is key to ensuring the sustainability of your project. According to the Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap, "Some projects might “bloom and fade,” others may plan to last for the length of an individual scholar’s career, and some may indeed strive to persist indefinitely into the future. But all of these various options are best pursued as intentional plans rather than surprise happenstance. Even the process of ending a project is something that can be done with forethought and integrity. Digital projects might end for a variety of reasons, from an intentional “sunsetting” of the work to a sudden loss of funding resulting in an inability to support the project any further. The Roadmap is here to help plan for any and all sustainability aspirations or exigencies, (Welcome and Getting Started).
There are three phases that a project experiences during its lifespan. Those phases include:
What phase of development would you currently say your project is in?
3-Year Project Plan
The information from this section was authored by the Sustaining DH: An NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities and modified from the Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap.
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