To join today, fill out a membership application: http://members.digitalcommonwealth.org/jointhedc

Fees, Rights and Responsibilities

Fees

$50 Small Cultural Institutions (membership fee for institutions with two or fewer paid staff)

$100 Larger Cultural Institutions (membership fee for larger institutions)

$500 Group Sponsoring Organizations (membership fee for organizations that plan to work with their own membership to join the Digital Commonwealth)

Membership allows participation in Digital Commonwealth governance as outlined in the Governance Guidelines and harvesting of member's digital content.

These fees are valid as of July 2011. These membership fees help the Digital Commonwealth to operate and develop services to allow sustainable access to the digital assets of member institutions. Fees for future years could go up if expenses associated with operating the portal rise. Grant funds previously covered start up costs; but ongoing funds will be required to provide system management, maintenance, upgrades, promotion, training, and support. Participants will also incur costs in digitizing their materials, hosting these digital assets, and administering their own projects or using shared repositories. These costs are not covered by the annual membership fee. The Digital Commonwealth encourages the formation of shared repositories to create economies of scale in providing cost effective ongoing maintenance of digital collections.

Rights and Responsibilities of Digital Commonwealth Members

Small and Larger Cultural Institutions

Rights

  • Participation in the governance of the Digital Commonwealth. You are invited to attend Digital Commonwealth meetings, vote as an organization, run for office and serve on committees.
  • The Digital Commonwealth will harvest your metadata and allow it to be searched from our site. This requires compatibility with our harvester.
  • The Digital Commonwealth will provide a link to your web site from our site.
  • Attend Digital Commonwealth events (non-governance) at member rates.
  • Eligibility to subscribe to the Digital Commonwealth repository service. (Requires an initial start-up fee and an ongoing additional repository service fee each year, in addition to regular Digital Commonwealth membership fee.)
  • Receive telephone and electronic support from Digital Commonwealth contractors and volunteers.

Responsibilities

  • Pay annual membership fee
  • Maintain compatibility with Digital Commonwealth standards

Group Sponsoring Organizations

Rights

  • Participation in the governance of the Digital Commonwealth.  You are invited to attend Digital Commonwealth meetings, vote as an organization, run for office and serve on committees.
  • The Digital Commonwealth will harvest your metadata and allow it to be searched from our site.  This requires compatibility with our harvester.
  • The Digital Commonwealth will provide a link to your web site from our site.
  • Attend Digital Commonwealth events (non-governance) at member rates.
  • Receive telephone and electronic support from Digital Commonwealth contractors and volunteers.

Responsibilities

  • Pay annual membership fee
  • Maintain compatibility with Digital Commonwealth standards

Cultural Institutions that are under the membership of a Group Sponsoring Organization

Rights

  • The Digital Commonwealth will harvest your metadata from your group sponsoring organization’s repository and allow it to be searched from our site.  This requires compatibility with our harvester.
  • Attend Digital Commonwealth events (non-governance) at member rates.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain membership with Group Sponsoring Organization including relevant fees for services and/or membership.
  • Follow the standards and guidelines established by your Group Sponsoring Organization.

To join today, visit our membership portal at http://members.digitalcommonwealth.org/


Updated October 27, 2013

 
 
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