Managing a Digital    Project   Digital Humanities Network             CRASSH
Facilitators• Helen Webster, Digital Transferable Skills  project• Chris Martin, CARET• Jen Pollard, Computer Officer, Eng...
Aims• to highlight the differences between project  managing traditional print-based outputs  and digital artefacts.• to r...
What kind of Digital Project are you         interested in creating?               Timeline: stick a post-it with• Your na...
TaxonomyTypes of digital project:Primary (original sources)      • online databases      • digitised materials      • digi...
Designing             Why Digital?If you’re applying for funding to create a digitalartefact, you will need to make a soli...
Designing   Who is your user?• Swap project descriptions (page one of  handout).• Read the new project description and  an...
FinishingWhen is a digital project      ‘finished’?            On a Post-it:your definition of the point at which a      d...
Finishing     Future-proofing• sustainability• stability• marketing• evaluation• lifespan
Making             Job Spec• What skills, knowledge and experience are  needed to complete your project? • Which of these ...
Making        Collaborators• At what points do you need to bring  collaborators in, and to do what?• Who might your collab...
YouDigital Humanities and     your Career•   What skills will you gain from working on this    project?•   How limited or ...
Further links• Digital Humanities Network, Cambridge• CARET• DSpace@Cambridge• Faculty Computer Officer• #Alt-Ac
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A workshop at the University of Cambridge for researchers intending to create a digital output from their research, either as a product of their research findings, or for public engagement. The workshop explored the ways in which managing such a project differs from producing a traditional print output and raised the issues and decisions which will need to be considered.

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  • why we’re running this session- requests to the DH network and colleagues in their roles about digital projects-especially from ECRS who are likely to be working alone rather than as part of big projects with infrastructure already scoped and in place. Differences with traditional print-based project management - doesn’t really translate.
  • - ask them to fill in the handout with a short description of their project (for later). - ask them to jot down the above details again on a post-it and fix it to the wall (might want to describe it aloud as they do so)
  • for those who don’t have a very fixed project in mind, or who only came along to see what sorts of thing are possible, it might be useful to give them this at the start by way of defining what sorts of things we mean. any thoughts on what else this might include?
  • We agreed (I think) that we would get them to swap projects, and give each other an outline of who the intended user might be, rather than use a case study of a real project (although it might be nice to have a real (non-Cambridge) project ready to illustrate with. Any links you can suggest?
  • Panel discussion response to each definition. Maybe get them to pool their definitions and negotiate in pairs/fours before doing so?
  • I will make handout based on HR templates
  • Followed by a panel discussion - how would you persuade collaborators to help? What do you want them to do?
  • Alt-ac, pigeon-holing, up-skilling, Digital Humanities, publishing, large-scale projects. (case studies of people’s careers?) Who owns your project?
  • useful services, people, websites.......anything?
  • Managing a digital project

    1. 1. Managing a Digital Project Digital Humanities Network CRASSH
    2. 2. Facilitators• Helen Webster, Digital Transferable Skills project• Chris Martin, CARET• Jen Pollard, Computer Officer, English• (with input from Anna Collins, DSpace@Cambridge)
    3. 3. Aims• to highlight the differences between project managing traditional print-based outputs and digital artefacts.• to raise the questions and issues that arise at each stage
    4. 4. What kind of Digital Project are you interested in creating? Timeline: stick a post-it with• Your name•Type of project•Title of your project to indicate where on the timeline you feel you currentlyare:
    5. 5. TaxonomyTypes of digital project:Primary (original sources) • online databases • digitised materials • digital editionsSecondary (academic output)
    6. 6. Designing Why Digital?If you’re applying for funding to create a digitalartefact, you will need to make a solid casejustifying why it needs to be digital.Thinking about your proposed project, how wouldyou answer the questions on the handout in aproposal?
    7. 7. Designing Who is your user?• Swap project descriptions (page one of handout).• Read the new project description and analyse who the user might be.• Return the project to its owner and discuss their own intended audience for it.
    8. 8. FinishingWhen is a digital project ‘finished’? On a Post-it:your definition of the point at which a digital project is ‘finished’
    9. 9. Finishing Future-proofing• sustainability• stability• marketing• evaluation• lifespan
    10. 10. Making Job Spec• What skills, knowledge and experience are needed to complete your project? • Which of these do you have? • Which could you acquire? • Which might you outsource to collaborators?
    11. 11. Making Collaborators• At what points do you need to bring collaborators in, and to do what?• Who might your collaborators be?• What information and motivation will they need to work with you?
    12. 12. YouDigital Humanities and your Career• What skills will you gain from working on this project?• How limited or transferable are they? Will they date? How will you continue to develop them?• Where might you seek work, with this skill set? What might that career progression look like?
    13. 13. Further links• Digital Humanities Network, Cambridge• CARET• DSpace@Cambridge• Faculty Computer Officer• #Alt-Ac

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