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Cranfield & EU-FP7 PhD studentship - Cost modelling for long term digital preservation



PhD studentship - Cost modelling for long term digital preservation


Academic SupervisorsDr Essam Shehab and Dr Paul Baguley

Closing Date: 18 March 2011


Supported by EU-FP7 funding a studentship of up to £15,000 p.a. for up to three years plus fees* is available


Cranfield University, as part of a European consortium which includes members IBM, Philips Electronics, Fraunhofer, JRC and CSISP,  has an exciting research project entitled ‘Enabling knowledge Sustainability, Usability and Recovery for Economic value’ (ENSURE).  


Focusing on cost modelling for digital preservation this ENSURE project aims to address the increasing difficulty experienced with ensuring long-term usability of commercially relevant data produced or controlled by organisations. It will draw on motivation from use cases in health care, finance and clinical trials to deliver state-of-the-art digital preservation.


The PhD project aims to develop a cost model which considers the whole life cycle of digital preservation. The successful applicant will research how to adapt existing cost modelling methods and techniques to the entire life cycle of digital preservation and aim to identify the cost drivers, work and cost breakdown structures associated with digital data reservation to develop the cost models. They will develop a framework to incorporate risk and uncertainty factors into cost estimation and define an uncertainty identification and prioritisation process to enhance efficiency in capturing uncertainty of long term data preservation.


Start date: ASAP


Entry requirements

Applicants should have a First or Second Class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) or MSc in a relevant discipline such as software engineering, information technology, or other relevant engineering disciplines. In addition, some experience in cost engineering and data preservation would be beneficial. The researcher will require technical report writing, organisation, analytical, communication (oral and written), technical paper and article writing, and client handling skills.



* Supported by EU-FP7 grant, this studentship will cover the tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only. Non UK/EU students will have to pay the remainder of their tuition fees (£11,050) before commencing their studies. Applicants are also eligible for a bursary of up to £15,000 p.a. for up to three years dependent upon qualifications and experience.


How to apply

Please complete the application form.

Alternatively you can request that we post one to you. For more information please contact:

School of Applied Sciences
T: 44 (0)1234 754086


Keywords:  software engineering, information technology, Cost Modelling, Long Term Digital Preservation, Content-aware Data Protection, Storage Services, Cloud.





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