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Digitization Costs & Funding. Digital Library Workshop Oct. 2, 2003. Digitization Costs. Digital conversion of collections in-house digitization or outsourcing to a vendor Usually not cost-effective to outsource small projects

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digitization costs funding

Digitization Costs & Funding

Digital Library Workshop

Oct. 2, 2003

rcrumrin@iupui.edu

digitization costs
Digitization Costs
  • Digital conversion of collections
    • in-house digitization or outsourcing to a vendor
    • Usually not cost-effective to outsource small projects
    • smaller academic institutions may not want to invest the time in creating their own in-house digitization capabilities
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Digitization Costs
  • CLIR, The Evidence in Hand: Report of the Task Force on the Artifact in Library Collections (November 2001), reports figures from the Library of Congress

http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub103/appendix6.html

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Digitization Costs
  • Base-level digitization
    • Scanning, metadata creation, automated generation of OCR, minimally-encoded text
    • Associated activities, including identifying and preparing materials, quality control, and project management
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Digitization Costs
  • $5.32 per page
  • For a 300-page book, this works out to $1,600
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Digitization Costs
  • Enhanced digitization
    • full SGML encoding to aid full-text searching and analysis
  • $8.25 per page, or $2,500 per book
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Digitization Costs
  • Steven Puglia’s article, “The Costs of Digital Imaging Projects,” in RLG DigiNews (October 15, 1999)

http://www.rlg.ac.uk/preserv/diginews/diginews3-5.html#feature

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Digitization Costs
  • 1/3 the cost is digital conversion (32% overall)
  • Slightly less than 1/3 the cost is in metadata creation--cataloging, description, and indexing (29% overall)
  • Slightly more than 1/3 the cost is in other activities, such as administration and quality control (39% overall)
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Digitization Costs
  • U.S. Steel Photograph Project
  • 2200 images from the U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection held by the Calumet Regional Archive at IU Northwest.
  • Cost Share: $23,381
  • Grant Funded: $16,349
  • TOTAL PROJECT COSTS: $40,730
  • $18.51 per image
  • Completed in 18 months

Courtesy K. Brancolini

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Digitization Costs
  • Charles Cushman Slide Collection
  • 15,000 archival color slides, the work of amateur photographer Charles Cushman, held by the University Archives at IU Bloomington.
  • Cost Share: $189,041
  • Grant Funded: $112,896
  • TOTAL PROJECT COSTS: $301,937
  • $20.13 per image
  • Scheduled for completion in 30 months
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Digitization Costs
  • Russian Periodical Index Project
  • Converting a 20-year run of a Russian periodical index to an online version
  • 234,000 bitonal page images (text only)
  • Outsourced to (Northern Micrographics):
  • CREATION OF PAGE IMAGES (not the entire project): $32,760
  • $ .14 per page image
  • Completed in 8 months
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Funding
  • Base Funding
  • Grants
    • Institute of Museum & Library Services
      • http://www.imls.gov/grants/index.htm
    • Digital Library Research & Funding Links
      • DLIB Magazine, http://www.dlib.org/
      • http://www.dlib.org/projects.html
  • Partnerships