Data Futures provides services to organizations addressing long-term sustainability issues in research activities that employ digital methods, and to those which simply manage information in digital form. These services fall into two categories:
In the second category, technical activities such as corpus transformation and workflow creation comprise development activities while, in contrast, longer-term services such as workflow and corpus operation are addressed by flat-rate subscription to the Data Futures project. Common technical development services include:
Subscription-based services, which include potentially long-term operation of workflows and guaranteed accessibility of corpora are addressed with a flat-rate charge structure. Subscribing projects can use existing freizo infrastructures where geographic boundry and computation & communication performance permit, or they can operate private freizo installations which Data Futures will maintain. In both cases Data Futures provides security, functionality and migration updates—potentially over multiple decades—within the flat-rate subscription charge; which itself depends only on asset volume and not on the number of distinct corpora. Data Futures achieves a high level of 24/7 service through automated fail-over and continuous maintenance of a single technology base, which in turn supports a wide range of project needs through tailored workflows and connectors to third-party infrastructures.
Guidelines for Data Futures subscription-based services are as follows: