General project management

The organisation, coordination, monitoring and adaptation of systems development tasks and resources, usually in tandem with a documented project plan which may incorporate elements of one or more ICT project management methodologies.

A project is temporary in nature; it has a fixed beginning and end, and one or more goals or objectives. Managing a particular project is quite different from managing the everyday operations of an organisation.

Usually a project will consist of five major stages: Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Closing – although variations on these stages are often used, and stages are sometimes repeated throughout the process of managing a project.

Projects take place within a certain amount of constraints, which can include scope, time and cost (sometimes referred to as the ‘Project Management Triangle’ – these factors must be taken into account when managing the project. It is also important to establish the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved, and manage the human aspect effectively.

Different methods and techniques are used for different types of project. A standard method that is often used is PRINCE2, where the project is given a structure, and each process is stated along with its individual objectives and requirements.

Sometimes, specialist project management software is used, which aids in organising cost, scheduling, resources and communication. This software can either be web-based or installed on the user’s machine, and can be intended for a single user or collaborative. The term ‘Project Management 2.0’ refers to the use of blogging, wikis and social networking software to aid collaboration when managing a project.

Related methods include: Human factors analysis, Resource sharing, Risk management and Security planning.

tool: Omeka

Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Omeka falls at a crossroads of Web Content Management, Collections Management, and Archival Digital Collections Systems. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf design easy with a simple and flexible templating system. Its robust open-source developer and user communities underwrite Omeka’s stability and sustainability. Omeka allows users to publish cultural heritage objects, extend its functionality with themes and plugins, and curate online exhibits with digital objects.
Methods relating to this toolCategory
Cataloguing and indexingData structuring and enhancement
Collaborative publishingData publishing and dissemination
Desktop publishing and pre-pressData publishing and dissemination
General project managementStrategy and project management
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Interface designData publishing and dissemination
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
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tool: FocusOPEN Digital Asset Manager

Open source Digital Asset Management solution designed for medium size preservation, cataloguing, media archiving and batch transcoding.
Methods relating to this toolCategory
AnimationPractice-led research
Cataloguing and indexingData structuring and enhancement
Collaborative publishingData publishing and dissemination
CollatingData analysis
Content analysisData analysis
CurationStrategy and project management
Data miningData analysis
General project managementStrategy and project management
Graphical interaction (synchronous)Communication and collaboration
Graphical renderingData structuring and enhancement
Image feature measurementData analysis
Image manipulationPractice-led research
Image segmentationData analysis
IndexingData analysis
Manual input and transcriptionData capture
OverlayingData analysis
PhotographyPractice-led research
PreservationStrategy and project management
Record linkagesData structuring and enhancement
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Server scriptingData publishing and dissemination
Statistical analysisData analysis
Streaming mediaData publishing and dissemination
Text encoding - presentationalData structuring and enhancement
Text encoding - referentialData structuring and enhancement
Text miningData analysis
Text recognitionData capture
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Textual interaction (synchronous)Communication and collaboration
Use of existing digital dataData capture
User contributed contentData publishing and dissemination
Video and moving image compressionData structuring and enhancement
Video editingPractice-led research
Video post productionPractice-led research
Video-based interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
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