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For the other institution, which undertook very extensive software development work, the cost was estimated at €250,000. Outsourced repositories hosted at the home institution cost around €7,000 to set up, and outsourced built-and-hosted repositories around €38,000. The outlier in the study was the big national repository which is running on 12 servers and has provision for dozens of terabytes of storage. Develop- The business of digital repositories 37 ment took four software engineer-years and the repository also bought a licence for the software it uses (and has modified).
17 As a result, a preliminary shortlist of European repositories and services was created. Initial telephone interviews were then carried out with those on the preliminary shortlist to verify the ROAR and OpenDOAR data on policies and metadata and full text statistics. Further questions were posed on growth and take-up. This resulted in the final selection of six case studies. All cases are also OAI-PMH repositories for inclusion in the DRIVER portal and address scholarly output. Cases are neither data archives, nor learning object ones.
Additional, perhaps more granular, measures can be developed that assess how the repository is being used; crucially, the degree of embedding of the repository in the general life of the institution and its workflow patterns needs to be assessed. Sustainability comes with embedding, and embedding means the full adoption of the repository as an everyday workplace tool by researchers across the institution and, in this context, repositories must also become an everyday tool for research administrators.