Day of Data for Digitization Cost Calculator

The Digitization Cost Calculator is a project undertaken to aggregate and make freely available a large set of data on the time it takes to perform various tasks involved in the digitization process, in order to assist organizations in digitization project planning and benchmarking. The Digital Library Federation’s Cost Assessment Committee has been working to build the Digitization Cost Calculator and draft best practices and guidelines for the collection of time data for various digitization processes, with the goal of standardizing collection of such data in the field as well as to guide data submissions to the Digitization Cost Calculator.

How you can help: We are actively looking for people to submit time data for various aspects of digitization. We have created guidelines for data submission, including a document that outlines processes and definitions. Our aim is that the cost calculator, with the proper data, will be a boon for digitization projects and especially useful in determining costs for projects both large and small.

This July we are undertaking our second “Day of Data” campaign, in which we encourage institutions to collect time data for a short period — as little as a single day — for one or more of the processes the calculator tracks, and to contribute that to the calculator. We have found this is an easy way for people to get involved. We would love for you to participate! Please contact Ann Hanlon,, with any questions.

Ann Hanlon
Head, Digital Collections and Initiatives and DH Lab
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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