- Questions to ask in planning stages:
- What is the goal of this project?
- Who is the primary audience? Who is secondary audience?
- Are there content/feature/design requirements dictated by funders/sponsors?
- What platform is best for building this site
- Budget and Staffing issues; is training necessary?
- With collaborative projects, how can we work towards sustainability?
In case anyone is interested in what we did for http://www.creatingholyoke.org, I thought I would put up a sample plan we used. 1. Figure out a goal. What is your audience? 2. Budget 3. What pieces of the collection should be digitized first? 4. Digitize collection 5. Choose a content management system. 6. Uploa digital collection to content management system 7. Test and evaluate 8. Fix and re-evaluate 9. Launch project
- Getting Started, chapter from Digital History:A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (Cohen and Rosenzweig)
- Becoming Digital chapter from Digital History(Cohen and Rosenzweig)
- Web Design for Digital History, chapter, Digital History
- SI Web and New Media Strategy Wiki -- offers an open and editable document that illustrates how the Smithsonian is shaping a new vision and digital strategy for the entire institution.
- Internet, Broadband, and Cell Phone Statistics, Pew Internet and American Life Project (1/2010) report with updated user statistics.
- For finding current statistics of overall adoption and use of new media visit the Pew Internet and American Life Project. They conduct surveys of different populations (American) relating to technology usage, the digital divide, social networking, mobile usage, and publish scores of helpful reports.
Project Management Tools
- 37 Signals Project Management software that CHNM uses for managing projects that includes messaging, assigning todos, file sharing, milestones, wiki-like writeboards, and team contact information. Great for managing simultaneous projects and for making project pieces available in one centralized place.
- Google suite: Mail, Docs, Calendar, Talk can be used together to share calendars with deadlines, collaborate on documents, and communicate. Google Wave allows for threaded discussions and file sharing.