Costs of and Effort Involved in Open Data

The effort involved in Open Data originates at various points, particularly in the form of working hours, for compiling metadata, for documentation and commenting on calculation methods and analyses as well as for storage on a repository. There can also be monetary costs for storage space.

The following overview can help you to estimate the costs that may be incurred for data management. You should also bear in mind that you will have to implement many of the steps mentioned in the overview in a research project anyway:

  • The guide “Costs of data management” helps you to estimate the costs of research data management.
  • With the help of the “Data management costing tool and checklist” (PDF) of the UK Data Service, you can calculate the costs of research. Numerous expenses such as costs for software, staff and storage capacity are listed on the checklist. There are also useful comments and tips for every point on the checklist.