Joint DCC/DPC Workshop: Cost Models

26 July 2005
The British Library, London


Usable and practical cost models are essential for long-term, sustainable digital curation and preservation efforts. In conjunction with the Digital Preservation Coalition we held a one-day workshop that explored cost models for long-term curation at the British Library, London. At this event we provided case studies outlining practical examples of cost models currently being developed and overviews of international research activities looking into the development of cost models.

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Workshop Presentations

Keynote Address

Digital Preservation as an Intangible Asset: An Overview Emeritus Professor Laurie Hunter, School of Business and Management, University of Glasgow View keynote address (PDF, 69KB) or view PowerPoint slides (26KB)

Practical Research Projects

The espida Project James Currall, Information Strategy Manager in Information Services, and Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute, University of Glasgow View presentation (PDF, 182KB)

The LIFE Project Paul Ayris, Director of Library Services at University College London (UCL) James Watson, LIFE Project Manager, The British Library View PowerPoint slides (313KB)

Practical Case Studies

The Cornell Experience Anne R. Kenney, Associate University Librarian for Instruction, Research, and Information Services at Cornell University Library View PowerPoint slides (189KB)

The National Archives Experience Adrian Brown, Head of Digital Preservation, The National Archives View PowerPoint slides (7.7MB)

The KB Experience Erik Oltmans, Head Acquisitions & Processing Division, National Library of the Netherlands View PowerPoint slides (817KB) View Archiving Costs spreadsheet (XLS, 68KB) View Preservation Project Cost Calculator (XLS, 296KB)

Science Data & CCLRC Experience David Giaretta, DCC Associate Director (Development) View PowerPoint slides (3.8MB)

The PrestoSpace Experience Ant Miller, BBC Information & Archives Matthew Addis, Manager, IT Innovation Centre View Ant Miller's PowerPoint slides (2.7MB) View Matthew Addis's PowerPoint slides (2.4MB)

Costing EDRM Programmes Richard House, Senior Consultant with i-logue Ltd, a Cornwell Management Consultants PLC partner Andy Rothwell, Certified Management Consultant, Cornwell Management Consultants PLC View PowerPoint slides (808KB)

Additional Workshop Materials

View speakers biographies (PDF, 50KB)

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Benefits of Attendance

The workshop helped individuals develop sustainable funding models within their organisations for long-term curation and preservation activity.


Key themes included:

  • Identifying the life-cycle of digital information for cost modeling purposes
  • Practical models that are being developed through current research projects
  • Real-life examples of cost modeling activity from the HE/FE, cultural heritage and scientific domains

Confirmed speakers included:

  • Paul Ayris, Director of Library Services, University College London
  • Lynne Brindley, Director of the British Library and Chair of the DPC Board
  • James Currall, Project Director, eSpida, University of Glasgow
  • Laurence Hunter, Glasgow University Business School
  • David Giaretta, DCC Associate Director - Development
  • Anne Kenney, Associate University Librarian, Cornell University
  • Erik Oltmans, Manager, e-Depot, National Library of the Netherlands


This event was held at the British Library [external], London. Find out how to get to the British Library [external].


Registration fees were £45 for DCC Associates Network members and DPC members and £80 for non-members. These fees included all workshop materials and handouts, lunch and refreshments.

Membership of the DCC Associates Network is FREE! For more information on becoming a member, see our Associates Network page.

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