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Breaking down the Costs — what are your digitization projects really costing? Dreanna Belden [email protected] July 10, 2009. B R E A K I N G D O W N TH E CO S T S. h. h t t p : / / t e x a s h i s t o r y . u n t . e d u /.

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B r e a k i n g d o w n th e co s t s

Breaking down the Costs —

what are your digitization projects

really costing?

Dreanna Belden

[email protected]

July 10, 2009

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  • what’s your philosophy?

  • target vs. neiman’s approach

  • perfection ≠usefulness

  • perceived value

  • access = gold standard

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Legacies, Fall 2007


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  • preciousizing, and issues thereof. . .

  • how valid are our determinations of low and high value of collections? what constitutes significance, and to whom?

  • who is the audience? (are you sure?)

  • uncorrected or corrected OCR?

  • full or select transcriptions? XML markup?

  • level of description?

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a little history,

or a tale of two collections . . .

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a tale of two collections . . .

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a tale of two collections . . .

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* costs are based on the grant budget, and how real is that?


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a tale of two more collections . . .

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a tale of two more collections . . .

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* again, costs are based on the grant budget, and how accurate is it?

** based on our internal pricing model


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cost benefit analysis graph

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BENEFIT: USAGE

Figured as the value of page cost per view over time. The benefit being measured is usage. (cost per digital image in cents/page views per year).


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so what is it really costing us?

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  • inputs & statistics/year:

  • permanent staff salaries

  • student salaries

  • $$: grants, donors, sponsored projects

  • equipment costs

  • storage

  • overhead

  • digital files/objects

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what do we have?

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  • UNT Libraries Digital Collections

    • 9,327 digital objects, over 740,000 digital images

    • Electronic Theses and Dissertations

    • Music Library

      • College of Music Recordings/Programs

    • Miniature Book Collections

    • CRS Reports

    • Federal News maps, WWI & WWII posters

    • FCC Record

    • A to Z with Gov Docs

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what do we have?

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UNT Libraries Digital Collections

. . . End-of-Term Harvest of the .gov domain

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so what is it really costing us?

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so what is it really costing us?

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  • and how does that stack up to prices we have been charging?

  • photographs - $3.75

  • negatives - $5.00

  • glass plate negatives - $6.25

  • large format maps, posters, panoramics, etc.

  • up to 30” - $33.50

  • up to 50” - $47.50

  • newspapers from microfilm - $1.03/page

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questions?

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Dreanna Belden

University of North Texas

[email protected]


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