Cost of Online Collections

Dan Zambonini made this Freedom of Information request to Museum of London

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Dear Sir or Madam,

With regards to your online collections (i.e. website(s) that allow users to browse your collection(s)), can you please detail:

1) How much it cost to put your collections online? (Not including digitisation costs)

2) How many page views, on average, the online collections receive per month?

3) If you have participated in any cross-institutional collections projects (e.g. Europeana, People's Network, NMOLP), how much it cost to make your collections available to the project (or how much it is expected to cost, for current projects)?

Yours faithfully,

Dan Zambonini

P.S Please note that this same request has been made to a number of UK museums and galleries covered under the Freedom of Information Act, and that your response will be automatically made public at http://www.whatdotheyknow.com

Sussums, Claire, Museum of London

Dear Mr Zambonini

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act which has been forwarded to me for reply.

1) How much it cost to put your collections online? (Not including digitisation costs)

The Museum has been putting information about our collections on-line since 2002-3. This information has been made available over a period of years through a number of micro sites and funded via a combination of project and operational budgets. As a result we do not have a separate figure for performing this work and are therefore unable to provide you with this information.

2) How many page views, on average, the online collections receive per month?

Between the 1/09/2008 and the 28/02/2009 the online collections have received an average of 464,715 page views per month across the various micro sites.

3) If you have participated in any cross-institutional collections projects (e.g. Europeana, People's Network, NMOLP), how much it cost to make your collections available to the project (or how much it is expected to cost, for current projects)?

The Museum of London, as part of a joint project, has submitted collections data to the People's Network. The setup cost for this was £6750 (excluding staff time), which enabled three museums to submit data and provided the basis for subsequent partners to load data also.

I hope the information we have provided is useful; if however you are dissatisfied with the Museum's response you may seek an internal review by submitting a written request to me. It will then be considered by a senior member of the museum's staff who was not involved in the preparation of the initial response.

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Your Sincerely

Claire Sussums

Claire Sussums
Head of Information Resources, Information Resources Section
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London. EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 020 7814 5586
Fax: 020 7600 1058
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