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HEADLINE: NINCH SYMPOSIUM: April 8, 2003, New York City

The Price of Digitization:
New Cost Models for Cultural and Educational Institutions

A Digitization Symposium Presented by
NINCH and Innodata


Tuesday April 8, 2003
9:00am-5:00pm

The Celeste Bartos Forum
New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York City


Co-sponsored by The New York Public Library
and New York University


Agenda | Speaker Bios | Resources | Report

How does an institution begin to cost a digitization project? What are the elements to be included? Are there available models that can assist? What are the budgetary and structural ramifications when an institution moves from producing digitization projects to implementing a digitization program that is core to the future of the organization and its offerings to its public? When and how does an institution figure out how and what to charge for its digital resources?

These are some of the questions to be answered in a free, one-day symposium organized by NINCH in collaboration with Innodata, a NINCH Corporate Council Member.

The meeting will feature a keynote address by Donald Waters, Program Officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has encouraged the development of economic models of digital sustainability that include cost and charging models. A panel of speakers, representing commercial vendors and nonprofit projects will report on how costs are determined in text, image digitization and scholarly publishing projects, followed by an examination of the cost considerations of various digital preservation strategies.

These panels will be followed by a discussion of the institutional changes that are being wrought as digitization projects are gathered into sustainable programs that are becoming core to the organization. And participants also will hear from those who have been engaged in determining pricing strategies for distributing digital resources in various markets.


Confirmed speakers include:
  • Jack Abuhoff Innodata
  • Carrie Bickner New York Public Library
  • Maria Bonn Making of America, University of Michigan
  • Stephen Chapman Harvard University
  • Nancy Harm Luna Imaging
  • Peter Kaufman Innodata
  • Michael Lesk The Internet Archive
  • Tom Moritz American Museum of Natural History
  • Dan Pence Systems Integration Group
  • Steven Puglia National Archives and Records Administration
  • Jane Sledge National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
  • Christie Stephenson Digital Conversion Services University of Michigan Library
  • Donald Waters The Mellon Foundation
  • Kate Wittenberg Electronic Publishing Initiative, Columbia University

    This symposium has been organized partly in support of the First Edition of the NINCH Guide to Good Practice in the Digital Representation & Management of Cultural Heritage Materials, and may be the first in a series of symposia on some of the key practical digitization issues faced by cultural and educational organizations. “The Price of Digitization” should prove particularly useful in further developing and updating the information and advice given in the NINCH Guide's sections on cost models and workflow - see the Guide's chapter on "Project Planning"

    Location and Lunch
    The symposium will be held in the Celeste Bartos Forum, immediately inside the 42nd Street entrance of the New York Public Library, just off Fifth Avenue. (For a plan, see http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/admin/groundflr.html; for directions, see http://www.nypl.org/research/hours/chssdir.html). Doors open 8:30a.m.

    While coffee will be served at the two breaks, lunch is on your own: see a list of local places to eat.


AGENDA

9:00 AM INTRODUCTIONS
Peter B. Kaufman
Innodata

David Green NINCH


9:15 AM THE CURRENT LANDSCAPE

The Economics of Digitizing Library And Other Cultural Materials: A Perspective from the Mellon Foundation.
Donald Waters
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


9:45 AM CASE STUDIES: CALCULATING PRODUCTION COSTS

Economies of Scale: Lessons Learned from the Making of America IV Project.
Maria Bonn
Making of America, University of Michigan

Luna Imaging: A Manufacturing Model
Nancy Harm
Luna Imaging

Ten Ways to Spend $100,000 on Digitization
Dan Pence
Systems Integration Group

Digitizing History: University Presses and Libraries
Peter B. Kaufman
Innodata


11:00 AM Break


11:30 AM PRESERVATION COSTS

Counting the Costs of Digital Preservation: Is Repository Storage Affordable?
Stephen Chapman
Harvard University


Noon Lunch (on your own; see Local Places to Eat)


1:15 PM FROM PROJECTS TO FULL PROGRAMS: INSTITUTIONAL COST ISSUES

Carrie Bickner New York Public Library

Tom Moritz American Museum of Natural History

Update on Costs
Steven Puglia
National Archives and Records Administration

Re-Engineering the Museum
Jane Sledge
National Museum of the American Indian


2:40 PM Break



3:00 PM CHARGING THE CONSUMER

Expanding Local Programs Through Revenue Generation
Christie Stephenson
Digital Library Production Service, University of Michigan

Sustainability Models for Online Scholarly Publishing
Kate Wittenberg
Electronic Publishing Initiative, Columbia University


3:45 PM THE ROAD AHEAD:

A Final Word
Jack Abuhoff
Innodata

The Future is a Foreign Country
Michael Lesk
The Internet Archive

4:30 PM Adjourn



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