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4C Project submits Deliverable 3.1 to the European Commission

The 4C project submitted its latest Deliverable, the finalised “D3.1—Evaluation of Cost Models and Needs & Gaps Analysis" this week. The report had previously been released in draft as project milestone MS12 and elicited the largest number of page views and downloads of all website deliverables to date, as the project team invited consideration and comment.

The evaluation provides an analysis of existing research related to the economics of digital curation and reports upon the investigation of how well current cost and benefit models meet stakeholders' needs for calculating and comparing financial information.

“We have aimed to point out gaps that need to be bridged between the capabilities of currently available models and tools, and stakeholders' needs for financial information,” explains task leader Ulla Bøgvad Kejser of the KB, the Royal Library Denmark.

“These needs have been used to inform an analysis of the previously identified models as well as actions which, if practical and possible, may support the uptake and inform further development of cost benefit models within the digital curation field.”

“The report is an important milestone for the 4C Project,’ says Project Co-ordinator Neil Grindley of Jisc. “Drawing from a vast canon of earlier work into curation cost modelling, it embodies the very co-ordination and support action the project aims to provide, as well as informing so many of the activities we have still to complete. We hope that this analysis will be a useful resource for the project and for the community.”

The 4C Project’s vision is to create a better understanding of digital curation costs through collaboration through the provision of useful, useable resources which support the process of cost management in digital curation.

The consortium undertaking this project is made up of 13 European organisations with extensive domain expertise and experience with curation cost modelling issues. The project team includes national libraries and archives, specialist preservation and curation membership organisations, service providers, research departments and SMEs and is coordinated by Jisc.

The full report may be found at in the 4C Project website’s ‘Community Resources’ Section:

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