"How can a digital platform be maintained and sustained after the end of the project by a local community?"
In the section below we identify the key findings from the sustainability workshop. Full findings can be found in the project report. An infographic is presented below to capture a sustainability pathway for digital story projects.
- It is important to understand the purpose of a digital story project as this will impact the needs and requirements of sustainability in the future.
- Understanding the purpose of a project will help to define an appropriate and feasible lifespan. Preservation-focused projects may require a longer lifespan but require fewer resources for maintenance, an engagement-focused project may be resource intensive but be short-lived.
- It is important to plan for the 'death of technology' without the 'death of the content'. Considering the longer-term purpose of story content beyond the technology used to host it will help to increase the impact and value of the project beyond its original purpose.
- Planning for the potential transfer of story content beyond technology will also require consideration of a transfer in permissions. It is important that projects consider the scope of permissions that might be required to sustain story content in the future.
- An audit of resources should be conducted in advance of a digital story project (including financial, human, technical, marketing, community). In particular, human resource will need to be planned for to ensure that the project can be maintained beyond the project team.
- There are a number of potential opportunities presented by digital story projects that reach beyond the initial purpose these might include educational, commercial, knowledge exchange and collaborative opportunities.
Issues of sustainability...
Dr Rachael Ironside reflects on the some of the key challenges relating to sustainability and digital storytelling platforms, and the purpose of addressing issues of sustainability as part of the symposium.