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4C Partners

Deutsche National Bibliothek
Keep Solutions
National Library Estonia
The Royal Library
Statens Arkiver
UK Data Archive
University of Glasgow

Welcome to the 4C Project

Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation.

4C helped organisations across Europe to invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. Research in digital preservation and curation has tended to emphasize the cost and complexity of the task in hand. 4C reminded us that the point of this investment is to realise a benefit, so our research must encompass related concepts such as ‘risk’, ‘value’, ‘quality’ and ‘sustainability’.

Organizations that understand this will be more able to effectively control and manage their digital assets over time, but they may also be able to create new cost-effective solutions and services for others.

The project was launched on the 1st February 2013 and concluded on the 31st of January 2015.

Since then we have continued dow the path of clarifying the costs of curation focusing current efforts on the Curation Costs Exchange.

'Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water....

The 4C Project will be at IDCC 2016!

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'Excellent' rating for 4C Project at final review

The 4C Project received an 'EXCELLENT' rating, the highest achievement possible, at its final review which took place in Luxembourg on Tuesday 24th March.

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Investing in Curation: A Shared Path to Sustainability - The 4C Roadmap

The 4C project's draft Roadmap ‘Investing in Curation: A Shared Path to Sustainability’ is available to download and review now. 

The Roadmap's goal is to bring about a change in the way that all organisations think about and sustainably manage their digital assets. The 4C team believes that this change may well be achieved with greater transparency around the supply and demand of curation services, which would foster a healthier and more effective marketplace for services and solutions and provide a more robust foundation for tackling future grand challenges.

Investing in Opportunity: Policy, Practice and Planning for a Sustainable Digital Future

17th - 18th November 2014, Wellcome Conference Centre, Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

The 4C Project and the Digital Preservation Coalition hosted a two day conference exploring the economics, long-term value and sustainability of digital objects.

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