Modelling the Costs of Preserving Digital Assets

Ulla Bøgvad Kejser, Anders Bo Nielsen, Alex Thirifays

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    Information is increasingly being produced in digital form, and some of it must be preserved for the longterm. Digital preservation includes a series of actively managed activities that require on-going funding. To obtain sufficient resources, there is a need for assessing the costs and the benefits accrued by preserving the assets. Cost data is also needed for optimizing activities and comparing the costs of different preservation alternatives. The purpose of this study is to analyse generic requirements for modelling the cost of preserving digital assets. The analysis was based on experiences from a Danish project to develop a cost model. It was found that a generic cost model should account for the nature of the organisation and the assets to be preserved, and for all major preservation activities and cost drivers. In addition, it should describe accounting principles. It was proposed to develop a generic cost model
    with specific profiles to represent different preservation scenarios.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2012
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • digital preservation
    • costs
    • cost and benefit modelling
    • sustainability

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