Digital archival collections of primary source material are an important complement to traditional resources like journals and books, however limited budgets make the purchase of these often-expensive content resources difficult. This summary report (pdf) highlights issues relating to the costs of accessing digital archival collections.
The digital archival group purchasing scheme helps higher education (HE) libraries with the purchasing of digital collections and archives from publishers by making them more affordable. By digital archival collections, we mean static databases of texts, images, audio-visual material and data which libraries typically buy as one-off purchases (current subscriptions to journals and book collections are out of scope).
Group purchasing is a community-centred scheme based on the simple market principle: the more products that are purchased, the lower the price. The scheme ensures price transparency across all products on offer and eliminates annual platform/hosting fees.