[Athen] Document Conversion Costs

Terri Hedgpeth terrih at asu.edu
Wed May 31 09:16:27 PDT 2006

Just as a rule of thumb on a not so concrete or absolute target. When I
was doing document conversion we used the following formula: Number of
staff hours X wages for those staff/students plus materials = basic cost
per job.
I think that's the closest you can come to costing out doc conversion

Terri Hedgpeth
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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
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Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 7:48 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Document Conversion Costs

My two cents after completing my first full year of digital conversion:

For me to cost out - and this is minimal as I don't include electrical,
copy costs and such - I'd include the purchase and maintenance costs for

scanners, embossers, computers, software, any other hardware - such as a

comb binder - and then time individuals put in to do whatever is
necessary. I could then do a simple average based on the number of pages

or number of books or the number of students who use the service. Where
that gets me in trouble is I intend to use the equipment for two or
three years. I believe I'd need to have costs and numbers for at least
two years before I could come up with a solid figure. I'm tempted to
cost it out based on student numbers versus pages, because most of our
campus related stats are based on the number of students in any given

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