SUSTAINABILITY CASE STUDIES
Case studies let you see how project leaders have tested different approaches to sustainability. These include detailed financial data and real-world examples of things that worked… and did not.
Many of the case studies presented here were done as part of major research studies.
Sustaining Digital Resources: An On-the-Ground View of Projects Today (2009)
Funding from JISC (UK), the NEH and NSF supported the research and writing of case studies of twelve digital initiatives, each of which illustrates the strategies that worked – or didn’t – on the path to sustainability. These cases include detailed financial data, as well as updates conducted two years following the original case.
• DigiZeitschriften (2009) - Library Partnership and a Subscription Model for a Journal Database
• V&A Images (2009) - Image Licensing at a Cultural Heritage Institution
• The Middle School Portal 2: Math and Science Pathways, National Science Digital Library (2009) - Early Sustainability Planning for a Grant-Funded Digital Library
• The National Archives (UK) (2009) - Digitisation with Commercial Partnerships via the Licensed Internet Associates Program
• L’Institut national de l’audiovisuel (2009) - Free Content and Rights Licensing as Complementary Strategies
• Hindawi Publishing Corporation (2009) - The Open-Access Contributor-Pays Model
• Electronic Enlightenment (2009) - Subscription-based Resource Sold Through a University Press
• Centre for Computing in the Humanities (2009) - Leveraging Shared Infrastructure and Expertise to Develop Digital Projects in an Academic Department
• BOPCRIS Digitisation Centre (2009) - Experimentation with Sustainability and Partnerships for Library Digitisation Projects
• eBird (2009) - A Two-sided Market for Academic Researchers and Enthusiasts
• Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2009) - Building an Endowment with Community Support
Revenue, Recession, Reliance: How 12 Digital Content Projects Fared During the Economic Crisis (2011)
Provided an update on each of the detailed cases two years later:
• DigiZeitschriften (case update 2011) - A Niche Project at a Crossroads
• V&A Images (case update 2011) - Scaling Back to Refocus on Revenue
• The Middle School Portal 2 (case update 2011) - The Challenges of Sustaining a Project as the End of a Grant Approaches
• The National Archives (UK) (case update 2011) - Enhancing the Value of Content through Selection and Curation
• L’Institut national de l’audiovisuel (case update 2011) - Balancing Mission-based Goals and Revenue Generation
• Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® (2009) - Specialised Historical Content for a Niche Audience
• Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® (case update 2011) - How a Specialised Resource Begins to Address a Wider Audience
• Hindawi Publishing Corporation (case update 2011) - Growing an Open-Access Contributor-Pays Business Model
• Electronic Enlightenment (case update 2011) - Outreach or Outsource? The Benefits and Challenges of Partnership, Case Study Update 2011
• The Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) at King’s College London (case update 2011) - Cementing Its Status as an Academic Department
• University of Southampton Library Digitisation Unit (case update 2011) - Reimagining the Value Proposition
• eBird (case update 2011) - Driving Impact through Crowdsourcing
• Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (case update 2011) - Launching a "Freemium" Model
Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections
Funding for this work was supplied through a cooperative agreement as part of the National Leadership Grants Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), in partnership with Ithaka S+R.
• Quakers and Slavery - Haverford College
• Biodiversity Heritage Library - Smithsonian
Case Studies on Science Gateways
These “mini-cases” were created as part of the Science Gateways Community Institute.