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4C: Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation

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The 4C project aims to help organisations within and beyond the cultural heritage sector to invest more effectively in digital curation activities.

Research in digital preservation and curation has tended to emphasise the cost and complexity of the task at 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 is funded by European Union under the 7th Framework programme for two years starting February 2013.

Archive contribution

The Archive's main effort in the project is to develop a cost concept model for the costs of digital curation. This will be based on work by other collaborators in the project and the large number of existing cost models for digital preservation.

This meta model will in turn be transformed into a gateway requirements specification for a Curation Costs Exchange Tool. Hervé L'Hours will be leading this element of the project.

The Archive will also be in involved in the enhancement work package of the project, contributing to an assessment of indirect economic determinants of digital curation. These include trust, quality, risk and impact, the extension and development of an Economic Sustainability Reference Model and examining the benefits and costs of maintaining trustworthiness within digital curation.


Principal investigator:  Neil Grindley (JISC)
Funder:  European Community
Dates:  February 2013 - January 2015
Contact:  Matthew Woollard
Links:  4C project website