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Business Models related to Digital Preservation

Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd September 2004
Amsterdam, Netherlands

This seminar focussed on business models related to digital preservation. This three-day seminar, co-hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Archival Education and Research, was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on September 20-22, 2004.

The seminar explored the organisation, funding and structuring of digital preservation in and among organisations. Currently, most organisations are still very much at the beginning of dealing with digital preservation. However, in order to be able to establish a solid infrastructure it will be necessary to have more insight into possible business models. These models should address for instance organisational, financial, cultural and collaborative aspects to ensure their sustainability. International experts presented business models to provide seminar participants with cutting-edge knowledge.


This seminar was targeted at those involved in the planning, implementation and management of digital resources. Those may include programme managers responsible for setting up and enhancing digital preservation practices in their organisations; people entrusted with establishing and disseminating digital collections of long-term value; as well as technological architects who are establishing a technology environment that supports business models.

Topics discussed in the Programme

Opening: 20th September


Closing: 22nd September

Speakers presented business cases and discuss financial planning, and different organisational and technological aspects that will help to make digital preservation sustainable. Speakers included Alan Blunt (SCRAN), Rob Davies (Public Sector Information; MDR Parners) and Gerry Wall (Wall Communications).
Refer to this document (PDF) for a detailed programme.


The venue was the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (, De Boelelaan 1105). A map of the university campus is available from the homepage of the Vrije Universiteit. Please also refer to the Travel Information and Hotels.

Social Programme

A seminar dinner took place on Monday in the restaurant "In De Waag" (, Nieuwmarkt 4) starting at 7pm. After the last session on Tuesday, you can join the group for a city tour and a visit to the Pianola Museum (


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