The 4C project is delighted to announce that the beta version of the 'Curation Costs Exchange'<http://www.curationexchange.org/> (CCEx) website has been released today.
Helping organisations to make smarter investments in digital curation by enabling knowledge transfer and cost comparisons between organisations of all types, the CCEx is an online community platform for the exchange of curation cost information.
"The value we can all derive from the CCEx depends entirely on the willingness of organisations to share their cost data, and on their understanding of the benefits that sharing will bring about," observes Alex Thirifays of the Danish National Archive (DNA). "The more costs are shared, the more we can all learn about making smarter investments in digital curation."
A crowd-sourced driven database and library of curation cost information, the CCEx uses the costs data it gathers to provide automatic generation of results for the purposes of self-assessment, cost comparisons with peers and insights into the financial accounting and activity costs of other organisations; supporting the 4C Project's vision of creating a better understanding of digital curation costs through collaboration.
Beta testing will take place between the 12th August and 15th September and will involve invited testers, but the 4C Project welcomes feedback from all users.
"Anyone with an interest in or a need for a deeper understanding of the costs of preserving your digital material can try out the CCEx and let us know what they think," encourages Luis Faria of KEEP Solutions in Portugal who has led the team charged with developing the CCEx.
All comments and any cost data shared with the 4C project will be treated confidentially and will be used solely for the purposes of refining the performance of the CCEx.
In order to take part in the CCEx beta-testing, visit www.curationexchange.org<http://www.curationexchange.org/> and get started.
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