The cost of digital newspapers (23-06-08)

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  • This is a common scenario for many Libraries and means that the long-term management of the surrogates takes on a more important aspect. Both of these surrogates have their own problems in terms of deterioration and risk and lend themselves to further analysis.
  • - Burney to Burney not a fair comparison
  • 2 spreadsheets Legal deposit Newspapers Burney Digital
  • Bit-stream preservation ► Book storage provision Content preservation ► Conservation procedures
  • Cannot be taken as a straight comparison A number of similar stages around Aq, M and Ac Role of Creation cost needs to be looked at carefully Digitisation cost trend heading down Analogue collections now well set-up – smooth running of teams etc
  • The cost of digital newspapers (23-06-08)

    1. 1. British Library Newspapers Case Study Richard Davies LIFE 2 Project Manager, The British Library LIFE 2 Project Conference 23 June 2008
    2. 2. Case Study Aim <ul><li>To develop a method of comparing analogue and digital lifecycles </li></ul><ul><li>and then test the approach by applying it to analogue and digital lifecycles from British Library collections </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Burney Collection <ul><ul><li>1,100 volumes of the earliest known newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1,000,000 pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchased in 1818 for £13,500 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digitised from the microfilm </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. What’s compared <ul><ul><li>Analogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal Deposit Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>133,000 issues a year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Burney Collection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 year project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>190,969 issues </li></ul></ul></ul>Per-entity cost
    5. 5. Case Study Process <ul><ul><li>Develop analogue and digital workflows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Terminology issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we get a meaningful comparison? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future digitisation costs (Creation Stage) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. Comparing Analogue and Digital Lifecycles   ? x  Lifecycle Sub-element Lifecycle Element Lifecycle Stage Lifecycle
    7. 8. Overview of Costs
    8. 9. Overview of Costs £0.00 £2.25 C £4.56 £0.39 £0.34 £0.87 £0.27 £1.50 £1.18 Analogue £5.48 £0.38 £0.10 £0.30 £0.24 £0.91 £1.20 Digital Total Ac CP BP M In Aq LIFE Stage £0.00 £0.00 C £4.56 £0.39 £0.34 £0.87 £0.27 £1.50 £1.18 Analogue £3.13 £0.38 £0.10 £0.30 £0.24 £0.91 £1.20 Digital Total Ac CP BP M In Aq LIFE Stage
    9. 10. Overall Conclusions <ul><ul><li>Comparison is complex but workable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retrospective costing adds complications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar costs across a number of LIFE Stages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analogue lifecycles are well established compared to digital </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. Thank you. <ul><ul><li>LIFE Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledgements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rory McLeod </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul Ayris </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rui Miao </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helen Shenton </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul Wheatley </li></ul></ul>e [email_address] t +44 (0) 20 7412 7182 01101101010101011001110100110110101010101100111010011011010101010110011101001101101010101011001110100110110101010101100111010110 <ul><ul><li>Case Study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledgements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lucy Evans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patrick Fleming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Richard Gibby </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ed King </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stephen Morgan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deborah Novotny </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dawn Olney </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jane Shaw </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bhavna Tailor </li></ul></ul>

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