SUSTAINING THE MYFOSSIL COMMUNITY, SOCIAL PALEONTOLOGY, AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
To sustain the community and at least some of its activities past 2018, planning for long-term viability is critical. Thus, we are seeking input from community members. Which myFOSSIL products (e.g., the web portal), activities, and initiatives are highly valued? Which aspects of the project are self-sustaining? Are there any established entities that could provide the platform and minimal resources necessary for continued collaboration? As we shift our thinking toward sustainability, we need to take steps to ensure that the activities which promote social paleontology, including Facebook, Twitter, the myFOSSIL web portal, and webinars, can become self-generating. Addressing the complexities of community sustainability and developing a collective vision for the future of FOSSIL can be accomplished only through broad and diverse involvement of community members.