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The 4C project ends, the collaboration continues

The EU-funded “4C – Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation” project draws to a close at the end of January and the project team has spent the last 24 months on engaging with stakeholders, discussing curation issues, collating tools and resources and elaborating State-of-the-Art models - all to provide a better understanding of costs and cost-related issues in digital curation.

“Communication and interaction has been at the heart of the 4C Project and we have tried really hard as a project to work together and with the community to reflect on and refine the outputs of the project as we go along,” explains Project Co-ordinator Neil Grindley of Jisc, in his closing blogpost.

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“The point was never just to deliver large piles of paper to the European Commission to justify our funding. The 

The project has certainly achieved that aim, bringing us:point - for all of us - was to collaborate to try and help 'clarify the cost of curation' - and to produce practical and usable resources and advice and guidance.”

  • The Curation Costs Exchange. Before the 4C Project there was nowhere for organisations to even try and share their curation costs in any methodical and comparable way.
  • The Curation Cost Concept Model that provides the community with detailed support to create their own approach to cost modelling - (backed up by a costs framework model and a gateway specification)
  • New advice, guidance and commentary on a broad range of costs-related issues including trust, risk and business modelling.
  • A new framework for considering sustainability issues. The Digital Curation Sustainability Model (DCSM) builds on previous work and the thinking of the 4C Project to help organisations with long-term strategic planning.
  • The 4C Roadmap which sets out a broad strategic and political agenda and highlights actions over the next five years that a range of organisations should take to increase the prospects for more effective and efficient digital curation.

You will be able to find all of these things and more on the 4Cproject website:, and ultimately contained within the Curation Costs Exchange:

And the Curation Costs Exchange will live on beyond the end of the project, to be owned, adopted, cultivated and used by the very digital curation community it was created for.

So while it may be the end of the project, with the wealth of resources available for the digital curation community it is certainly not end of the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation.

Visit the CCEx now to continue the collaboration.