e-content Libraries

Digital archival collections: platforms and service charges in Higher Education survey

Jisc would like to invite you to take part in a survey about the cost of annual platform, access and service charges that libraries have to pay for digital archival collections/static databases that they typically acquire as one-off perpetual purchases (ie not subscription content).  We would be grateful if you could follow this link to complete the survey by Friday 16 March.

We have become increasingly aware that Higher Education institutions are concerned about these charges from feedback we have received from members as well as discussions on various library mailing lists. We’re interested to find out more about your experiences, so that Jisc can support the sector in taking appropriate actions.

The survey is aimed at those roles within libraries that have either operational or strategic responsibility for the purchasing of content, and in particular digital archival collections, and should take around 15 minutes to complete.

We ask that one survey response is completed per institution although you may need the input of other colleagues. For your reference, the text of the survey is also available as a Google doc at this link (but please do not use the Google doc to respond to the survey,  use the live survey link instead).

Thank you for your help and please feel free to contact me ( if you have any questions about the survey.

By Peter Findlay

Subject Matter Expert, Digital Scholarship, Content and Discovery, Jisc

Working with Jisc's Higher Education members to improve access to to their special collections in the age of data-centric arts, humanities and social science research.

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