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Curation Costs Exchange

Understanding and comparing digital curation costs to support smarter investments

Other literature and projects

The following list represents a registry of articles and projects as well as presentations and posters focused on (partially or entirely) the topic of digital curation costs. It is by no means exhaustive and represents a fragment bibliography for the 4C Project until its end in January 2015. It is intended to provide those interested in the cost of digital curation with a starting point.









The following list represents a registry of relevant projects in the field of (partially or entirely) digital curation costs.

  • APARSEN Alliance Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network) builds on the already existing APA (Alliance for Permanent Access) network and therefore brings together a wide range of experts in digital preservation and archiving. During its lifetime the project will deal with technical methods for preservation, access and the re-use of datasets, legal and economic issues such as costs, digital rights etc. as well as outreach activities to create a circle of qualified data curators.

  • DPN initiative (Stanford University)
    The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) is a nationwide initiative to create a preservation backbone for digital information of interest to the academy. DPN comprises a handful of large-scale preservation repositories, which together form a heterogeneous network of secure, trustworthy digital archives, each operated under diverse geographical, organizational, financial, and technical regimes. Robust (bit) auditing and repair functions ensure the integrity and security of content over time. Intellectual property agreements among depositors, repositories and the university members of the Network ensure succession of rights to use content in the event of the dissolution of the original depositor or archive. Since late 2012, a technical team from the five initial nodes has been working on an initial implementation of the network. This presentation describes that group’s work, which includes basic design principles, functional requirements and system specifications; the Network’s high level architecture and protocols for content replication and auditing; and framing of detailed service and policy questions that will drive the Network’s overall design and operation. More information is available here.

  • Preserving Objects With Restricted Resources (POWRR)
    While many larger institutions have made considerable headway on digital preservation, many medium and smaller sized institutions have struggled to make similar progress, largely due to a lack of economy of scale. This project investigates, evaluates, and, at its close, will recommend scalable, sustainable digital preservation solutions for libraries with smaller amounts of data and/or fewer resources. Working closely with nationally recognized standards-based vendors of digital preservation solutions, the project will also investigate potential business models that would provide equitable access to digital preservation to libraries of all sizes. The Northern Illinois University Libraries will carry out this research with a board of advisors and partner libraries at Chicago State University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Western Illinois University.

    The project's aim is to "Develop a framework to predict the whole life cycle cost of long–term digital preservation in the cloud. The developed framework and its output cost model will serve three business sectors; healthcare, financial and clinical trials"

  • TCP (Total Cost of Preservation)
    The University of California Curation Center has developed a framework for modelling the full economic costs of preservation. They provide a pay-as-you-go and a paid-up option. The project also has the Merritt TCP cost and price model, version 2.0 -- 2013-04-25 (.xlsx).

  • CMDP (Cost Model for Digital Preservation)
    The project which was carried out by the Royal Danish Library and the Danish National Archives aimed to estimate the costs in digital preservation and developed a tool to calculate the present and future costs of digital curation. The tool was published online for use after the project finished.

  • PrestoPRIME
    A (finished) project to research and develop practical solutions of approaching the challenge of long-term preservation of digital media objects. During its lifetime tools and services were developed and provided by a networked competence centre, the PrestoCentre.

Presentations and posters