CIRCA:Thinking about the end of projects


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Projects are supposed to be time-limited and therefore come to an end. Many digital humanities projects, however, seem designed to never end. Here are some ways to think about the end:

  • Even if you hope the project will continue, it is useful to document what has been done and deposit the state of a project as a natural resting point.
  • Think of versions. Imagine what version 1 is and aim for that. Then finish version 1 before moving on to version 2.
  • It is important to have moments when you celebrate what has been achieved in a project. Even if the project will continue, it is useful to mark an anniversary in the project.


  • Brown, S., P. Clements, et al. (2009). "Published Yet Never Done: The Tension Between Projection and Completion in Digital Humanities Research." DHQ 3(2).
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