Income generation

There are a number of ways archive services seek to generate income. These might be through their collections, expertise, or fixed assets such as buildings or equipment. As part of their business planning, archive services should consider carefully not just cost-recovery charging, but activities which generate revenue for investment back into core activities. With any commercial activity, archives should always be looking for non-monetary benefits alongside income - such as outreach, raised media or public profile, increased usage of the collection or improved preservation of original records through digitisation.

Collections

Many archive services seek to provide greater access to and awareness of their collections through licensing agreements. For further guidance see Licensing digital images to commercial publishers (below). 

Licensing digital images to commercial publishers (DOC, 1.05Mb)

Expertise

Some services provide paid research services. The National Archives has produced guidance on this option for organisations covered by Freedom of Information. See Guidance on Freedom of Information, publications scheme and paid research services (below).

Guidance on Freedom of Information, publications scheme and paid research services (PDF, 0.06Mb)

Related links

International Council on Archives

Case studies

Case study - Dorset Archives Content Online (PDF, 0.03Mb)

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