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Curation Costs Exchange

Understanding and comparing digital curation costs to support smarter investments

What do we mean by curation?

Digital curation is a series of repository activities including ingest, data management, (archival) storage, preservation planning, access, common services, repository administration, as well as pre-repository (production and pre-ingest - appraisal, selection, preparation, rights), post-repository and management activities.

The costs of digital curation are just one aspect of a complex and evolving practice. The CCEx assumes the widest possible definition of digital curation from the point a digital object is conceived through various changes and storages systems, which may range from a researcher’s laptop to a national library or archive, through to its discovery and use.