May 20, 2022

UK: JISC Releases Outcomes From First Group Purchasing of Digital Archival Collections Pilot, Pilot Two Coming Soon

From JISC:

Between March and July 2017 Jisc ran the ‘Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot’ in collaboration with three publishers (Adam Matthew DigitalBrill and ProQuest) in order to make digital collections of primary source material more affordable for institutions to purchase, so that researchers, teachers and learners can enjoy access to an even wider range of resources.

The pilot leveraged institutions’ collective purchasing power to lower costs using the principle “The more products are bought, the lower the price”. Each of the three publishers made available a selection of digital collections with a transparent list price that increased in discount based on how many products were bought by institutions’ collectively across any of their products.


20 HEIs purchased a total of 29 products across the three publishers. The range of products offered by the publishers had take-up across all Jisc HE bands, and was particularly appealing to mid-lower band institutions, with Jisc band 5 purchasing over 50% of the total product spend.

The total list price of the products on offer was just over half a million pounds and the collective purchasing power of the participating institutions saved the sector just over 25% off the list price, £127,000.


Following demand from members, we are expanding the pilot to offer a larger number of digital archival collections across publisher participating in phase two. The launch date and participating publishers will be announced shortly with the intention of running the pilot for the remainder of the academic year.

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See Also: UK: Jisc Sets Up New Group-Purchasing Pilot With Publishers to Lower Cost Of Digital Archival Collections (March 9, 2017)

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