Life Cycle Information for E-Literature (LIFE)

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2006 to 2010
Sustainability, Costs

LIFE (Life Cycle Information for E-Literature) is a project looking at the life cycle of the collection and preservation of digital material. The project is a collaboration between University College London (UCL) Library Services and the British Library and funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). LIFE completed its first phase (LIFE1) in April 2006 and the second phase (LIFE2) in August 2008. The third phase (LIFE3) began in August 2009, and will run for one year.

LIFE1 examined the life cycles of key digital collections at UCL and the British Library and established the individual stages in the cycle. These stages were then costed to show the full financial commitment of collecting digital materials over the long term.

LIFE2 refined the LIFE Model and added three new exemplar Case Studies to further build upon LIFE1.

LIFE3, the third phase of the LIFE project, will expand the existing Generic Preservation Model from phases 1 and 2 to create a comprehensive suite of models covering all life cycle stages, providing greater accuracy and assurance in estimation.

LIFE1 developed a methodology for analysing and costing the lifecycle of a collection of digital materials. It tested this methodology by applying it to real life collections in a number of Case Studies. It also developed a model for estimating the preservation costs of a digital objects lifecycle.