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DH Projects by Mind Map: DH Projects
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DH Projects

Heuristic View: "So you have a project idea. What is it about?"

What kind of project planning is needed?

Are there plans for preserving the project?

Do you have a project proposal?

Do you need to write reports?

How are you using technology?

Are you using computers to analyze data?, Do you know what tools are available?, Are there open source tools?, Do you have funding for commercial tools?, Do you need to develop new tools?, Are you doing analytic analysis?, Is is primarily text-based?, Is it multimedia?, Are you doing qualitative analysis?

Are you collecting new data?, Are there ethics implications?, Do you have human subjects?, Are you storing all raw data?, Do data need to be protected?

Are you using computers to compile content?, Are you digitizing content?, Are you working with born-digital content?, Are you curating content?, Are you able to use an existing content management system?, Do you need to build a custom database system?, Are there copyright or intellectual property implications?

Are you using computers collaborate with others?, Are you using teleconferencing or videoconferencing software?, Are you using a blog to share information about the project?, Are you exchanging email or using a listserv?, Do you have a project charter that defines shared objectives and principles?

Do you use tools?, Are you designing a new tool?, Is your focus on the design or the usage of the tool(s)?, Are you using existing tools?, Are you using them in a new way?, Are you applying them on new objectives?, Are you applying them for other kinds of methodological research then they were designed for?, How are these tools useful?, How does this tool help me to understand the text in a different way?

Are you using computers to share results?, Are you publishing static content to a website?, Are you publishing dynamic content, like a database, to a website?, Are you syndicating content or making it discoverable?

Are you interested in innovating new tools?, Do you have proper funding?, How complex is the programming?, Are you interested in prototypes?, Are you interested in production-quality tools?

Are you interested in innovating new methodologies?, Are your methodologies reusable?, What is the relationship to existing methodologies?, Are the new methodologies tied to specific tools?, Are you methodologies specific to the content?

What kind of content is involved in your project?

Do you have text content?

Do you have image content?

Do you have content with spatial information?

What are the different dimensions of your content?

Do you have content with temporal information?

What is the traditional access to your content?

How could a quantitative access to your content look like?

How could a qualitative access to your content look like?

What is the retain of collaboration?

Does it include people from other institutions?, Does that impact the web-based resources used (authentication, etc.)?

Is it international?

Are intellectual property agreements needed?

Is relevant intellectual property law the same for all participants?

Does it include students, contractors, faculty, partners?

What disciplines will be involved in your project?

Are there any non-humanities involved?

Is it interdisciplinary?

Does the project adapt methodologies or concepts from other disciplines?

Will you collaborate with others

What is the relevance of the project for its 'classic' humanities home discipline?

What is the strategic context of your project?

Is it important to get professional recognition for the project?

Are there similar projects?

Do you have competitors?

Do you have collaborators?

Do you have institutional support?

Do you have non-academic partners?

Is the project commercializable?

What is the long-term sustainability of the project?

What is the audience of your project?

Do you address an academic audience?, Do you address grad students?, Do you address other researchers of your field?, Do you address other researchers of different fields?

Do you address a non academic audience?

What is the level of computer usage knowledge of your audience?

Are there accessibility issues?

Are your users multi-cultural?, Do you need localization?

What resources are needed?

Do you need a lab?

What expertise is needed?, Is this going to be a project from your main research field?, Are there any topics that will need further investigation before you can proceed with the project design?, Do you know any comparable DH-projects?, Is this project housed in a centre that has other expertise?

What sources of funding are available?, Do you have funding?, Do you need to write reports?, Are you seeking funding?, Do you need infrastructure?, Do you need servers?, Do you need computers?, Where are you?, Are you in North America?, Are you in Canada?, Are you in Quebec?, Are you in the USA?, Are you in Europe?, Do you need a business plan?

What is the anticipated deliverable?

Are you developing content?

Are you providing a service?

What legal issues may be relevant?, Are there copyright issues?

Are you producing tools?

Are components of the project open (open-access, open-source)?

Proposal & Reports View. "OK, time has come to write a proposal or report. Which questions do you have to address?"

Do you use tools?

Completion, assessment + recommendations, tool documentation, reflection

Interim Report, tool prototype, use tools, review tools, describe usability

Proposal, tool review, requirements, context + methodology

What kind of project planning is needed?

Proposal, requirements, type of project planning, expertise needed for project planning, show expertise, project planner (person), project plan

Interim Report, actual stage in project plan, encountered problems, description of modifications (if any), further modifications needed

Completion, description of original project plan, description of modifications, reflection

How are you using technology?

Proposal, type of technology/technologies, expertise needed for using technology, show expertise, expertise needed for building technology, show expertise, resources needed, describe planned use cases

Interim Report, actual stage of using technology/technologies, actua stage of building technology, planned use cases, implemented, still to implement, additional uses cases, implemented, still to implement, encountered problems, description of modifications (if any), further modifications needed

Completion, description of planned usage and/or implemention of technologies, description of modifications, technologies actually used, technologies actually implemented, documentation of technologies, assessment + recommendations, reflection

What kind of content is involved in your project?

Proposal, type(s) of content, type of access to content, quantitative, qualitative, technical requirements for handling content(s), expertise needed for creating content(s), show expertise, expertise needed for dealing with content(s), show expertise, describe planned use cases

Interim Report, actual stage of using content, actua stage of creating content, planned use cases, implemented, still to implement, additional uses cases, implemented, still to implement, encountered problems, description of modifications (if any), further modifications needed

Completion, description of planned creation and/or creation of content, description of modifications, content actually used, content actuelly created, documentation of usage and/or creation of content, assessment + recommendations, reflection

What is the role of collaboration?

Proposal, type of collaboration(s), people/institutions involved, formal settings (law issues etc.) of collaboration, topics of collaboration, division of responsabilities, definition of project leader, previous collaboration experience, previous collaboration with actual collaborators

Interim Report, actual stage of collaboration, listing of work of collaborators, encountered problems, description of modifications (if any), further modifications needed

Completion, description of original planned collaboration, description of modifications, documentation of completed collaborative work, reflection

What disciplines will be involved in your project?

Proposal, disciplines involved, institutions/scholars involved, methodologies and concepts involved, (grade of) interdisciplinarity, non-humanities involved, collaboration issues

Interim Report, actual stage of disciplines involved, encountered problems, description of modifications (if any), further modifications needed, collaboration issues

Completion, description of original planned interdisciplinary and disciplinary work, description of modifications, description of outcomes, reflection, collaboration

What is the strategic context of your project?

Proposal, strategic supporters, institutions, collaborators, non-academic partners, (reasons for) importance of professional recognition for the project, strategic context, similar projects, competitors, collaborators, role of commerciabilty, profit-oriented project, long term sustainabilty

Interim Report, actual role of strategic issues, encountered problems, description of modifications (if any), further modifications needed

Completion, description of original strategic context, description of modifications, description of actual strategic context, reflection

What is the audience of your project?

Proposal, type of addressed audience(s), expertise of audience, prior experiences with (similar) audience, issues that need to be considered when dealing with this audience(s) (habits, knowledge, reachability), show expertise

Interim Report, actual audience(s), encountered problems, description of modifications (if any), further modifications needed

Completion, description of originally addressed audience(s), description of modifications, description of actually addressed audience(s), reflection

What resources are needed?

Proposal, type of resources needed, technology, personnel, content, funding, cost of resources, need for funding, expertise needed for using and/or provding resources, show expertise

Interim Report, actual availabilty and usage of resources, encountered problems, description of modifications (if any), further modifications needed

Completion, description of resources originally considered relevant, description of modifications, description of actual availbe resources, reflection

What is the anticipated deliverable?

Proposal, type of deliverable(s), content, service, tools, law and licence issues, copyright issues, expertise needed, show expertise

Interim Report, implemented deliverable(s), encountered problems, description of modifications (if any), further modifications needed

Completion, description of original deliverable(s), description of modifications, documentation of deliverable(s), reflection

Timeline & Cycle View: "Every project consist of different stages. Every stage poses different questions - here are some to consider:"

What kind of project planning is needed?

Select a project model, Example: Agile model (http://www.agilealliance.org/ ), Proposal, Choose timebox length, Iterate timeboxes, Requirements analysis, Design, Implementation, Verification & Quality Assurance & Tests, Documentation, Report after each n iterations, Maintainance, Exampel: Waterfall model (http://www.waterfall-model.com/ ), Proposal, Requirements analysis, Design, Interim Report, Create work breakdown strucure, Implementation & Documentation, Verification & Quality Assurance & Tests, Final report, Maintainance

Consider software support for your time management: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_project_management_software

How are you using technology?

Developing a DH lab, Dertermine tools requirements, Aquire tools, Aquire developers, Develop tools

Research within a DH lab, Define project scope, Define deliverables, Define research milestones, Define performance indicators, Aquire and setup DH lab

What is the role of collaboration?

Does it include students?, Aquire funding for student helpers, Model work packages for student specific requirements

Does it include people from other institutions?, Aquire funding for workshops & travel, Include workshops for coordination and joint work

What disciplines will be involved in your project?

Consider interdisciplinary workshops upfront to align vocabulary

Consider applying for grants with focus on interdisciplinary collaboration

What is the strategic context of your project?

Interdisciplinary collaboration

International collaboration

Teaser (prototyping) project to apply for larger funding

Feature complete full size project

What is the audience of your project?

DH Lab, Researchers who want to work in a DH Lab, Developers who want to build on top of an existing lab, Funding agencies, Institutions, Business & Industry, Students (eLearning/eTeaching)

Research within a DH Lab, Consuments of the various dissemination channels, Students, Researchers, Non academic & non profit, Business & Industry, Institutions, Funding agencies

What resources are needed?

Developing a DH Lab, Developers, Development tools

Research within a DH lab, A DH lab that provides the required functionality, Digital objects

What is/are the anticipated deliverable(s)?

A DH Lab

A study

Business View: "Let's step back for a moment and think of your project as if it were a business. What would this imply?"

role: leader role: RA

STAKEHOLDERS: Who might be interested or want to collaborate with your project, i.e. who are the stakeholders?

Institutional stakeholders, Have you analysed the potential interests of institutional stakeholders in your project?, What are their strategic interests (which of their overall strategies might your project help to realize?), What are their short-term pragmatic interests (which of their own projects might yours support?), Are there conflicts of interest with any institutional stakeholders?, What is the potential benefit of your project for your home institution?, Is your institution aware of these benefits or do you have to communicate them?, Can the benefits be quantified?, Is the project aligned with your institution's strategic orientation?, Can the project leverage other institutional initiatives?, What is the potential benefit of your project for other institutions?, Are other institutions aware of potential benefits of your project?, Can potential benefits be quantified?, Can benefits be traded for external institutional support?

DH community stakeholders, Research agendas, Have you identified existing DH-research projects that will benefit directly from your project output?, Have you identified existing DH-research projects that might help you to sharpen your own focus and/or to identify desiderata and lacunae?, Teaching agendas, Will your project produce results of relevance to DH teaching?, Is there a DH curriculum related aspect to your project?, Have you communicated the teaching relevance of your project to potential stakeholders?, Strategic agendas, What are the strategic goals of your own project beyond immediate project implementation & success: what is its broader context and purpose?, Which strategic DH agendas does your project fall under and support?, Can your project help to interface DH with other discipline or methods oriented strategies?

Affiliated & associated projects, Which other projects are working on similar problems?, Do you consider these other projects potential partners or competitors?, How much project overlap have you identified?, How much potential project synergy have you identified?, Have you exchanged ideas with other project teams?, Have you considered entering a project or development partnership?, Will it be beneficial to formalize the partnership?, What is the project life cycle of potential partner projects in relation to yours?, Is the other project in sync, or is it too far behind or ahead to warrant cooperation?

Funding agencies & research policy makers, Have you surveyed strategic funding initiatives?, Can your project be seen to constitute a 'best practice' example in terms of a funding initiative or strategy?, Have you liased directly and personally with funding agency representatives? Do you have a contact person?, Have you submitted a funding proposal?, What will the funding agency get out of your project if it succeeds?

RESOURCES: Which resources can you mobilize or do you require for your project?

TYPOLOGY: What type of resources do you require?, knowledge resources, competencies, tools, services and infrastructure, human resources, Content

AVAILABILITY: To which degree are required resources already available?, Which resources do you already own?, Whose resources can be shared?

PROCUREMENT: Which necessary resources do you still have to aquire?, What costs will the acquisition involve?, Can other projects also benefit from this acquisition and can costs be shared?

CRITICALITY: Have you ranked resources in terms of how critical they are for your project?

USEFULNESS: What is the resource life cycle?, For how long will it be required?, Does it make sense to lease, hire or share the resource?, Cann you 'sell' the resource after using it?, How often will you have to replae it and what is the resource's life cycle cost?

PROCESSES: Which processes will you rely on to implement the project?

PLANNING: How will the project be planned and its execution be controlled?

ADMINISTRATION: How will the project be administered?, Financial management, Personnell management, Resource management

COMMUNICATION: How will the project be communicated and presented to its stakeholders?, Will stakeholders be involved in the planning?, Will you communicate progress reports?, Will you communicate a final report?, Is your aim to inform stakeholders, or do you also want to create buy-in?, Is the information going to be public or exclusive?

DELEGATION: Which processes can be outsourced / crowd-sourced?

FINANCES: How will the project be financed?

REQUIREMENTS: Which funds do you already have available and how big is the short fall?, What are the financial requirements in relation to project phases: how much do you need at which point?

ENABLERS: Who are the potential project funders?, What internal funding options (seed money etc.) are available?, What external funding otions (grant schemes etc.) are available?

SELF-FUNDING: Can your project generate funds by producing deliverables?, Can you sell expertise?, Can you sell technology ?, Can you sell content?, Can you sell services?

SUSTAINABILITY: Have you already considered the follow-up or second project phase in terms of financial requirements?

How-To View: "You've identified a specific task that you want to perform. Here are some that might come up:"

Digitize

Perform OCR

Build a database

Find content

Analyze text

Find relevant tools

Build a website

Assess tools

Document tools

Design tools

Determine audience

Plan a project

Choose project management software

Write a proposal

Write a final report

Collaborate

Determine audience

Anticipate resource needs, Infrastructure, Personnel