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This is the process that a practitioner should follow to build this section of the business case. This should be a numbered list!

What do you need to think about in order to model costs as part of the business plan.  Factors such as internal vs. external
1.  What are your business requirements for digital preservation? (short-term, long-term, mandate, legal???) and factor this into the costs
2.  What is the scale of the programme you are proposing?  (Is it a project, phased, or full blown program???)
3.  Files types (assets)(what part of the collection or collections are you proposing to preserve)
4.  What is the current environment?  Do you have internal capacity? appetite?
5.  What type of system and processes are you proposing (external system (with minimal on-site support or in-house development)
6.  Identify potential sources of funding (internal, external, core, project)
7.  Staffing  (Current capacity, can you move staff, how agile is the organization to move people around?)
8.  Training, Immediate and Continuous (skills and skills gap) (what is your current state?  Do you need to skill up quickly or keep people in-the-loop)

What is or has already been spent on this activity/proposal?


This should describe the contents or structure of the business case, resulting from following the Process above How do you start determining costs?


Scenario 1: HE institution business case for a new repository system

1. Determine/estimate costs for infrastructure:
2. Determine/estimate costs for training
3. Determine/estimate costs for staffing
4. Recurrent costs

Scenario 2: Local archive business case for a digital preservation officer Scenario 3: Large CH institution moving to third pary service provider


Notes relevant to tailoring this section to the appropriate audience and communicating the the business case to that audience As relevant for all aspects of the business case


These are external resources of relevance to this section. Links can be incorporated into the text above if that is more useful Minnesota Historical Society cost modeling. Minnesota Historical Society. Digital Preservation Case Study Information.