Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C)

Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C) will help organisations across Europe to invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. The 4c project is co-funded by European Union under the 7th Framework programme for research and technological development and demonstration activities and will run from February 1, 2013 until January 31, 2015. 

4C will help organisations across Europe to invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. Research in digital preservation and curation has tended to emphasise the cost and complexity of the task in hand. 4C reminds 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’. Organisations 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 4C Project has 13 partners in 7 different countries:

  • Jisc (UK) (Project Co-ordinator)
  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (Germany)
  • Digital Preservation Coalition (UK)
  • INESC-ID – Institute for System and Computer Engineering (Portugal)
  • Keep Solutions (Portugal)
  • KB – the National Library of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
  • KNAW-DANS – the Royal Dutch Academy of Research Data Archive and Network Service (Netherlands)
  • National Library of Estonia (Estonia)
  • Secure Business Austria (Austria)
  • Statens Arkiver – the State Archive (Denmark)
  • University of Essex (UK)
  • University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • HATII, University of Glasgow (UK)

For more information, please visit the 4C website.