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Why understand digital preservation costs :  

   Planning and budgeting to build a new repository from scratch, or to extend an existing one.

   Adding a new digital material to your repository and deciding if you can afford it now or over the long-term.

   Providing a platform for comparison with like organisations and an opportunity to adopt efficiencies that have been identified by others.

   Deciding how much to charge for providing a digital preservation service to clients.

   Understanding where resources are being used or under-utilised and areas where additional allocation of resources might be beneficial.

   Business cases :

Business cases :

The business case is a tool for advocating and ensuring that an investment is justified in terms of the strategic direction of the organisation and the benefits it will deliver. It typically provides context, benefits, costs and a set of options for key decision makers and funders. It can also set out how success will be measured to ensure that promised improvements are delivered.Projects are a powerful tool for creating economic value, foster competitive advantage and generate business benefits for the organizations The recognition of the strategic importance of managing projects in the corporate world is rapidly increasing As project success depends more on the perceptions of the stakeholders, probably there is no “absolute success”in project management.

Challenges with cost modelling :

  •    Articulating the drivers or aims for costing digital preservation.
  •    Digital preservation is a moving target, defined by changing technologies and evolving institutional requirements
  •    Organisations are reluctant to share costing data, with which models may be developed and validated.
  •    Even where costing data has been shared, it is often difficult to map between the different costing models it is associated with.
  •    Planning and budgeting to build a new repository from scratch, or to extend an existing one.

   Advantages ?

  •    Good source of ideas about behavior

  •    Good opportunity for innovation

  •    Good method to study rare phenomena

  •    Good method to challenge theoretical assumptions

  •    Good alternative or complement to the group focus of psychology

  •    Enhance social networking strategies

   Case Studies ?

The case studies on this site describe benefit-cost analyses for actual projects. They may be helpful in demonstrating the value of benefit-cost analysis and showing how it can be used. For people who might wish to use these analyses as models, each case study includes a critique noting strengths and shortcomings of the analysis and a reference to the case study source


A good way to locate case studies is to do a keyword search. For example, enter the search terms "case studies AND manufacturing" or "case studies AND management".

Anaesthesia Cases is an international online case report submission service and online publisher. It only accepts case reports. Anaesthesia is an international journal produced as hard copy and is also available online via Wiley Online Library. It publishes editorials, original articles, review articles and correspondence and case reports. Cases reports submitted to Anaesthesia Cases may be published by either Anaesthesia Cases or Anaesthesia journal. Registration for Anaesthesia Cases is free (and automatic for AAGBI members). The AAGBI provides an annual subscription to Anaesthesia as part of its membership benefits. Anaesthesia is also available by annual subscription directly with Wiley.

A Professionalism Case Study is a description of an actual situation in which a lawyer or paralegal is faced with a decision involving one or more ethical, professional responsibility or practice management issues.

A Professionalism Case Study allows you to put yourself in the position of the lawyer or paralegal in the case to identify the problem, develop alternatives, and create an action plan for resolving the issues in accordance with your professional obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct or The Paralegal Rules of Conduct.