Anton Lundström and I submitted a paper to the upcoming Computing within Limits workshop (conference), "Evaluating the (un)sustainability of Computing Projects: A Taxonomy of Value for Sustainable Computing". The paper builds on Anton's master's thesis that I was both the principal and advisor of, "Developing a Taxonomy for Sustainable ICT: An exploratory study of the feasibility of a taxonomy for sustainable ICT" and that he wrote last year.
The basic question we discuss is, "how do you know if a computing project is or isn't sustainable"? According to what principles can you evaluate the sustainability of a computing system? The answer to that question is a proposed framework, or a taxonomy for discerning what is and what isn't sustainable computing. Both the thesis and the paper in it's turn build on a paper that was presented at the first (2015) Computing within Limits workshop by Kentaro Toyama, "Preliminary Thoughts on a Taxonomy of Value for Sustainable Computing" (pdf). We have developed Toyama's "preliminary taxonomy" and hope the result of our efforts will be useful for others. Here's the abstract:
Evaluating the (un)sustainability of Computing Projects: A Taxonomy of Value for Sustainable Computing
Anton Lundström & Daniel Pargman
KTH Royal Institute of Technology School of Computer Science and Communication Stockholm, Sweden