8. Financial models

Efficient management of FOT/NDS/CCAM datasets is the key for successful re-use. If data sharing is not economically feasible for data owners and potential data re-users, re-use of data does not take place and the benefits of data sharing aren’t achieved. Thus, in order for data sharing to gain popularity, financial models are needed that cover data management costs.

Organisations supported by public funding are facing new requirements to plan long-term data preservation and management. Future work on financial models will have to take into account both the changing conditions of public funding to promote data sharing.

This chapter discusses options for organisations carrying out field trials to fund the sharing and upkeep of datasets after the project.