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Curation Costs Exchange

Understanding and comparing digital curation costs to support smarter investments

LIFE3 Costing Model (LIFE3)

Creator and Funding
Developed University College London (UCL) and British Library (BL) and funded by Jisc and Research Information Network.
The LIFE project ended in 2010.
To improve the ability of organisations to plan and manage the preservation of digital assets by giving a content neutral view of the digital lifecycle from the perspective of the preserving organisation. In LIFE1 and LIFE 2 the purpose was to estimate the life-cycle cost of preservation activites to aid decision making and budgeting.
Information assets
Websites, e-journals, digitised newspapers, sound, word processing documents, small databases.
Production (creation/digitisation), Pre-Ingest (acquisition), Ingest, Data Management, Archival Storage, Preservation Planning, Administration.
Capital (storage media), labour (5 levels).
Past, Present, Future up to 100 years.
Retention period, number of items, types of items, migration (strategy, frequency, coverage, automation rate), organisation size.
Type of tool
Analysis, estimate. The tool is implemented in a MS Excel spreadsheet and in a prototype web version.
Availability of tool
Documentation and a predicting costing tool is available for download. A prototype web tool is also available online.

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