The Data Futures project is a consortium of institutions and publishers including Aix-Marseille, Basel, Heidelberg, Lyon, Princeton universities and Merve Verlag GmbH.
It is based in the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster, London. Established at the beginning of 2012 to focus on factors affecting long-term accessibility of research data, and in particular on the growing recognition of the need to capture broader research investment than is possible using 'core' metadata standards, the project comprises a multi-disciplinary team of software engineers and subject-based theorists.
Data Futures freizo migration platform enables digital collections to be made portable and re-delivered using contemporary technologies instead of accreting maintenance liabilities and ultimately risking loss as funding priorities change and institutions mutate. Data Futures services to third parties include assessment of digital collection vulnerabilities and change management to address the wider horizon of institutional logic that affects long-term sustainability.