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Publication date: 14 September 2015

Rob Kitchin, Sandra Collins and Dermot Frost

The purpose of this paper is to examine funding models for Open Access (OA) digital data repositories whose costs are not wholly core funded. Whilst such repositories are…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine funding models for Open Access (OA) digital data repositories whose costs are not wholly core funded. Whilst such repositories are free to access, they are not without significant cost to build and maintain and the lack of both full core costs and a direct funding stream through payment-for-use poses a considerable financial challenge, placing their future and the digital collections they hold at risk.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors document 14 different potential funding streams for OA digital data repositories, grouped into six classes (institutional, philanthropy, research, audience, service, volunteer), drawing on the ongoing experiences of seeking a sustainable funding for the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI).

Findings

There is no straight forward solution to funding OA digital data repositories that are not wholly core funded, with a number of general and specific challenges facing each repository, and each funding model having strengths and weaknesses. The proposed DRI solution is the adoption of a blended approach that seeks to ameliorate cyclical effects across funding streams by generating income from a number of sources rather than overly relying on a single one, though it is still reliant on significant state core funding to be viable.

Practical implications

The detailing of potential funding streams offers practical financial solutions to other OA digital data repositories which are seeking a means to become financially sustainable in the absence of full core funding.

Originality/value

The review assesses and provides concrete advice with respect to potential funding streams in order to help repository owners address the financing conundrum they face.

Details

Online Information Review, vol. 39 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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Publication date: 14 September 2015

G E Gorman and Jennifer Rowley

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Online Information Review, vol. 39 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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Publication date: 1 May 1976

To some who cast their bread upon the waters, it comes back as buttered toast! Thus might be described an enjoyable day for my wife and myself in March as guests in…

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To some who cast their bread upon the waters, it comes back as buttered toast! Thus might be described an enjoyable day for my wife and myself in March as guests in Wiltshire of Director of Library & Museum Services, Frederick Hallworth.

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New Library World, vol. 77 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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