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Lifecycle of a Digital Project

Project Lifespan Questions

  • How long do you plan to keep your project live?
  • For assignments, will your students be able to share the product with future employers, friends and colleagues?
  • What will be required to maintain it throughout it's lifespan and do you have the resources to continue it?
  • If you plan to discontinue it, how will you gracefully shut it down?

Website Capture Tools

Backing up your digital project site:

Backup Tools

Suggestions for backing up your data. Many other solutions are out there. 

  • Time Machine -- Mac - already installed on OS X computers.  You will need an external drive or network location for your backups.
  • Backup  -- Windows - already installed on your computer. You will need an external drive or network location for your backups. Check microsoft support for earlier versions. 
  • Google Drive -- Mac and Windows -- UCSC affiliates have unlimited storage. Backup and access from wherever you have internet access. Log in with your CruzID Blue credentials. 

Best Practices for Preservation of Files and Sources

File Formats

  • Whenever possible use open, uncompressed, non-proprietary formats
  • Examples:
    • .txt or .pdf over .doc
    • .csv over .xls
    • .tif over .jpg
    • .pdf  over .ppt (exception due to ubiquity)
    • .aif or .wav over .mp3
    • .mxf or .mov over .proproj