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‘Collaborating our way to success’ by Kathrine Hougaard

Kathrine HougaardHave you ever had a dream where you were invisible and no one saw you, heard you or spoke to you? Then you know what the worst that could happen to the 4C project is.

The 4C project is committed to being open and inclusive, and in all aspects this is absolutely crucial for the success of the project. The worst that could happen to the project is that it becomes isolated and closed in on itself and its own ideas. To avoid this we need to be open and in continuous dialogue with stakeholders.

With the 4C project we want to meet the actual needs of clarifying the costs of digital curation. Doing this successfully is only possible by collaborating and we want to engage a wide range of different people in this collaboration. As you might know 4C is currently undertaking a consultation to establish a network of stakeholders who are interested in participating or contributing to the 4C project. This is just one way 4C is reaching out to collaborate. Another initiative is the 4C advisory board.

The advisory board is a panel of external experts from the field of curation economics. It is created to provide a way for the project to get expert advice and external guidance throughout its duration. This is a unique opportunity to get useful feedback on our work and ideas as the project progresses an advisory board could be of great utility, not only by offering expert economic insight but also by giving perspective to the project. In other words this is another way of making sure that the 4C project does not close in on its own ideas.

The advisory board is carefully put together and has 11 members, representing a valuable diversity of skills and expertise. Among the members are Brian Lavoie of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), David Rosenthal from LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), Rachel Bruce from JISC and Stephen Abrams from California Digital Library (CDL). During the project there will be three face-to-face advisory board meetings and the first is taking place tomorrow on June 11th 2013.

Our commitment to being open applies to all matters of the 4C project including of course the meetings with the advisory board. The preliminary list of topics to be discussed on the first meeting includes:

  • the overall aims of the project
  • the methods we hope to use to reach our aims
  • ideas for what the final roadmap document should include

However we do plan to have a few more topics on the list and we are holding these open for matters that our external collaborators want to bring into focus. So if there any matters on 4C or cost modelling you think should be discussed with the experts on the advisory board, let us know!

By now you probably know that your thoughts and participation is of great importance to us and this is an alternative way for you to share your thoughts and influence the project. So don’t hold back. Join in and let’s collaborate our way to success.

Kathrine Hougaard, Danish National Archives

Kathrine is a member of the Work Package 3 ‘Assessment’ that works onassessing current methods of estimating and comparing curation costs and how to work out the most beneficial paths for future development of solutions and services.