Thursday, March 13, 2008

ADS: Charging Policy

In thinking about the cost of long-term preservation, the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) has revised its charging policy. Who is ADS:
The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) supports research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resources. It does this by preserving digital data in the long term, and by promoting and disseminating a broad range of data in archaeology. The ADS promotes good practice in the use of digital data in archaeology, it provides technical advice to the research community, and supports the deployment of digital technologies.
The charging policy has the goal...
to follow charging levels base[d] on four elements of work: Management and Administration; Ingest; Dissemination; and Storage and refreshment. Emphasis on any of these four elements may differ according to archiving service and the nature of projects with which they routinely deal. In addition day rates may vary.
Available Online did some calculations and gave the following estimate:
If the entire project funding had been around £200,000k, the dissemination and preservation costs would only be 3.5% of the total funds.
Yes, that cost is fairly low and should be manageable.

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