FINANCE MODEL

The ADS is almost wholly project-funded. Our ethos since the 1990s has been to ensure that:

  • ADS resources will​ remain​ open and freely accessible


  • In order to ​sustain this model we:

  • Recover costs​ from the body funding the​ ​historic environment investigation or research


  • We do this by​:​

  • collecting a one-off payment at the time of deposit​ or release of a collection.​


  • This payment is used​ ​to safeguard the long-term future of digital data​. Our charging policy relates how this ​model is put into practice.​

    The majority of historic environment funding bodies in the UK endorse this model by either mandating or advocating for the deposition of collections ​related to the projects they fund ​with the ADS.

    Long-term preservation to enable the discovery and re-use of data is now a recognised and desired outcome for project funders including Research Councils, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and National Heritage Agencies​ and it is expected that all projects will include the cost of deposition with the ADS within their grant application, tender or bid.​ This includes:

  • Research Councils UK
  • Other higher education funding bodies (British Academy, Leverhulme Trust)
  • European Commission (ERC, Horizon 2020)
  • Governmental agencies – e.g. project work for Historic England or Local government
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Marc Fitch Fund
  • Developer-funded / commercial archaeology


  • The ADS is the recommended digital repository for the following organisations:

  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • NERC
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  • Scientific Data
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  • Historic England
  • Devon County Council
  • MEDIN
  • British Academy
  • Society of Antiqueries London
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