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Curation Costs Exchange

Understanding and comparing digital curation costs to support smarter investments


This website is about the costs of digital curation.

The Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx) is a community owned platform which helps organisations of any kind assess the costs of curation practices through comparison and analysis. The CCEx aims to provide real  information about costs to help make more informed investments in digital curation.

The CCEx was launched in 2014 by the 4C ‘Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation’ Project. Made up of 13 expert organisations from across Europe, 4C has aimed to help organisations to invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. Research in digital preservation and curation has tended to emphasise the cost and complexity of the task in hand. 4C reminded us that the point of this investment is to realise a benefit, so research has encompassed related concepts such as ‘value’, ‘quality’, ‘risk’ and ‘sustainability’. Organisations that understand this will be more able to effectively control and manage their digital assets over time, and they may also be able to create new cost-effective solutions and services for others.

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The 4C Project comprised 13 partners in 7 different countries:

Jisc (UK) (Project Co-ordinator)
Jisc provides relevant and useful advice, digital content and network and IT services, whilst researching and developing new technologies and ways of working.

The Royal Library – National Library of Denmark (Denmark)
The Royal Library is Denmark’s national library and university library for the University of Copenhagen. The institution administers the national cultural heritage of both Danish and foreign origin in both traditional and digital formats, providing optimal access to the collections and preserving them for posterity.

INESC-ID – Institute for System and Computer Engineering (Portugal)
INESC-ID is a research institute dedicated to advanced research and development in the areas of Electronics, Communications, and Information Technologies. Created in 2000, INESC-ID was a result of the reorganization of the Research & Development activities of its parent institution, INESC, in Lisbon.

Danish National Archives (Denmark)
The Danish National Archives collects and stores historic sources, ensuring that authorities arrange and transfer their records in a condition that renders them useful to future users of the archives - and not least, to the authorities themselves.

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (Germany)
The German National Library collects, archives, classifies and provides access to all German and German-language publications from 1913, foreign publications about Germany, translations of German works, and the works of German-speaking emigrants published abroad between 1933 and 1945.

Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) - University of Glasgow (UK)
HATII investigates a range of topics in the fields of information studies, digital culture and the humanites, focusing particularly on fundamental concepts such as identity, memory, authenticity, trust, transparency, accountability, representation, engagement, preservation and access.

University of Essex (UK)
The University of Essex is the home of the UK Data Archive and the UK's largest collection of digital research data in the social sciences and humanities. The archive acquires high quality data from the academic, public, and commercial sectors, providing continuous access whilst supporting existing and emerging communities of data users.

Keep Solutions (Portugal)
KEEP SOLUTIONS (KEEPS) is dedicated to the development of advanced solutions for digital preservation. KEEPS provides a range of services to support the creation of digital archives/repositories, museums and libraries - predominantly the development of information management systems, consulting, research, and training.

Digital Preservation Coalition (UK)
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation, raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues through knowledge exchange, capacity building, assurance, advocacy and partnership.

Secure Business Austria (Austria)
SBA Research is an industrial research center for IT-Security founded by the Vienna University of Technology, Graz University of Technology and University of Vienna. In its second research phase from 2010 to 2017, the Vienna University of Economics and Business has joined the center as a fourth full academic partner.

Digital Curation Centre – University of Edinburgh (UK)
The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management across the UK's higher education research community.

DANS – Data Archiving and Networked Services (KNAW/NWO) (Netherlands)
DANS promotes sustained access to digital research data, encouraging researchers to archive and reuse data in a sustained manner through their online archiving system EASY. DANS also provides access, via NARCIS, to thousands of scientific datasets, e-publications and other research information in the Netherlands.

National Library of Estonia (Estonia)
The National Library of Estonia acts as a development centre for librarianship, conducting professional research and development activities in cooperation with other libraries and institutions at both national and international levels.