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Lifecycle information for e-literature: full report from the LIFE project

McLeod, R.; Wheatley, P.; Ayris, P.; (2006) Lifecycle information for e-literature: full report from the LIFE project. LIFE Project: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This Report is a record of the LIFE Project. The Project has been run for one year and its aim is to deliver crucial information about the cost and management of digital material. This information should then in turn be able to be applied to any institution that has an interest in preserving and providing access to electronic collections. The Project is a joint venture between The British Library and UCL Library Services. The Project is funded by JISC under programme area (i) as listed in paragraph 16 of the JISC 4/04 circular- Institutional Management Support and Collaboration and as such has set requirements and outcomes which must be met and the Project has done its best to do so. Where the Project has been unable to answer specific questions, strong recommendations have been made for future Project work to do so. The outcomes of this Project are expected to be a practical set of guidelines and a framework within which costs can be applied to digital collections in order to answer the following questions: • What is the long term cost of preserving digital material; • Who is going to do it; • What are the long term costs for a library in HE/FE to partner with another institution to carry out long term archiving; • What are the comparative long-term costs of a paper and digital copy of the same publication; • At what point will there be sufficient confidence in the stability and maturity of digital preservation to switch from paper for publications available in parallel formats; • What are the relative risks of digital versus paper archiving. The Project has attempted to answer these questions by using a developing lifecycle methodology and three diverse collections of digital content. The LIFE Project team chose UCL e-journals, BL Web Archiving and the BL VDEP digital collections to provide a strong challenge to the methodology as well as to help reach the key Project aim of attributing long term cost to digital collections. The results from the Case Studies and the Project findings are both surprising and illuminating.

Type:Report
Title:Lifecycle information for e-literature: full report from the LIFE project
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.life.ac.uk/
Language:English
Additional information:A JISC funded joint venture project under 4/04 programme area (i) Institutional Management support and Collaboration.
Keywords:oais model, digital preservation, digital archiving, lifecycle costing, lifecycle modelling

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