Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Factsheet on digital preservation

Saw this in my email and knew some of you would want to know about it.

The Keeping Research Data Safe (KRDS) project has released a new Factsheet on the costs and benefits of digital preservation. The Factsheet is available for download as a PDF from http://www.beagrie.com/KRDS_Factsheet_0910.pdf

According to the email sent by Neil Beagrie:
The A4 four-page factsheet is intended to be suitable for senior managers and others interested in a concise summary of  our key findings. It will be relevant to all repositories and institutions holding digital material but of particular interest to anyone responsible for or involved in the long-term management of research data.

The factsheet covers the following major areas:
  • Cost issues in digital preservation (what costs most, impact of fixed costs, declining costs over time);
  • Benefits from digital preservation (benefits taxonomy, direct benefits, indirect benefits, near-term benefits, long-term benefits);
  • Institutional issues (repository models and structures, key cost variables, data collection levels).
We hope the Factsheet will be of value to the digital preservation and research data communities and plan to release a further KRDS publication later this year (a KRDS User Guide).

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