Business Modelling and Sustainability

As organisational budgets tighten and economic uncertainty threatens, many digital projects struggle to develop coping strategies when the funding that supports core operations and/or essential development is not forthcoming.

The publications below illustrate the varied and creative ways in which leaders of digital initiatives and funders, particularly those developed in the higher education and cultural heritage sectors, are managing to identify sources of support and generate revenue.

All research and publications on business models and sustainability has been undertaken for the Strategic Content Alliance by Ithaka S+R, New York, and Intelligent TV, New York.

2011/12 Workplan: Digital Content Sustainability and the Host Institution

As leaders of digital content projects transition from start-up to ongoing operations, finding ongoing sources of support can often prove challenging. Many leaders find themselves relying on their host institution to provide many types of support, from in-kind contributions to direct financial support. It is clear that this support is vital to many projects. Less clear is how the institutions’ administrators decide to offer it.

The 2011/12 programme of work aims to research the techniques and strategies being deployed by grant-funded digital content project leaders in the higher education and cultural heritage sectors in eliciting support from institutional decision makers, and the practical and strategic concerns that determine what support institutions choose to offer.

Deliverables, which are to include a report, case studies, a toolkit and a facilitation guide for others wishing to conduct similar investigations at their institutions, have now been published – see the Jan 2013 publications below.

Business Modelling and Sustainability publications