Folks-- A survey that might be of interest to this audience.
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From: Bethany Nowviskie <bp...@eservices.virginia.edu> Date: July 13, 2009 5:14:17 PM EDT Subject: project management survey: "Graceful Degradation" Together with Dot Porter of the Royal Irish Academy, I'm undertaking a survey of project management attitudes and practices in the digital humanities community. The survey is called "Graceful Degradation: Managing Digital Humanities Projects in Times of Transition and Decline" and is online here: http://graceful-degradation.questionpro.com/ We're paying particular attention to projects that have weathered transitional phases or have entered some kind of afterlife, but need responses from people engaged in projects at all stages of development. We also seek responses not only from scholars and PIs, but from collaborators of all sorts, from all sectors of the academy and beyond. We're defining "digital humanities project" very broadly, so that digitization and digital library projects, and IT infrastructure-building in support of the arts, humanities, and social sciences can be included along with editorial, tool-building, and interpretive scholarly work. Our goal is to share some clear data and collective wisdom on the causes and outcomes of transitional phases in digital projects, and to understand what "decline" means and why it happens in a shifting landscape of scholarship and sustainability. Can we offer tips on avoiding disaster? or, failing that, substantiate what John Unsworth called the "importance of failure?" We also want to break the taboo on talking about projects that have gone sour! This work builds on panel discussions and papers at Digital Humanities '08 and '09, some of which have recently appeared in a special issue ("Done") in DHQ: http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/ Our results will be first presented at DRHA in Belfast and MLA in Philly. All responses are confidential and anonymous unless you explicitly give us permission to contact you. Please contribute! http://graceful-degradation.questionpro.com/ -- Bethany Bethany Nowviskie, MA Ed, Ph.D Director, Digital Research & Scholarship, UVA Library Associate Director, Scholarly Communication Institute http://lib.virginia.edu/scholarslab/ ● http://uvasci.org/