The November 2021 release of DM v.2.1 concludes the current four-year phase of funded DM development.
However, a DM v.3 is already being planned, with new grants and funding applications in the works.
DM 3.0 will feature four new vital developmental goals, with backwards compatibility to current DM projects:
• Exportability of data in more generic formats for long-term preservation & portability
• Granularity: the architecture DM v.2 is already built for this: essentially, have every highlight & annotation assigned its own persistent URL, so digital sites and publications can cite and link directly to individual moments in a project - these links from external sites would then take a user right into a project and open up the relevant docs and locations.
• Discoverability: have all content inside projects (if public facing) discoverable (and linkable, see above) through internet searches.
• Accessibility: implement universal design strategies to allow DM projects to be accessible to the widest audience possible with regards to physical abilities/disabilities.
Timeline: with a successful grant funding cycle in 2022 (by no means an assured thing), DM v.3 goals could begin to be implemented in 2023