The Local Contexts Hub membership and subscription model will be launched as part of our work toward sustainability (see more in this blog post). The information below is shared for transparency. While we have consulted with user communities for the development of these models, we anticipate the need to evolve as we welcome more users onto the platform. We encourage you to share your ideas and feedback in our networks.
Members, Subscribers, and Service Providers
Last Updated: December 7, 2023
Local Contexts is a non-profit organization currently supported through grant funding. Our goal is to create a multi-generational resource that supports Indigenous data sovereignty. To realize this goal, we must be able to support our operations through regular recurring revenue. Our business model is based on mutual trust and respect, and acknowledges power imbalances between Indigenous communities and institutions and organizations that hold Indigenous cultural and other heritage, genetic resources, and knowledge.
What is a Member?
Any Indigenous community may become a Member of Local Contexts by registering on the Hub. Member benefits include the ability to use the Local Contexts Hub to assign a community administrator, to create projects and edit and apply Local Contexts Labels, to invite contributing Subscribers, and to nominate representatives to the Local Contexts Council. Members are responsible for maintaining their Hub contact information and ensuring their account integrity.
There is no fee to become a Member. Members are eligible for a 50% discount on subscriptions.
What is a Subscriber?
Any museum, repository, university, or other organization that supports Indigenous data sovereignty is encouraged to become a Local Contexts Subscriber by registering on the Hub. Subscriber benefits include the ability to use the Local Contexts Hub to create projects, apply Notices, to invite contributing Subscribers, and to issue notifications to Indigenous communities registered on the Hub. Subscribers are responsible for maintaining their Hub contact information and ensuring their account integrity.
Subscriptions are not required for accessing the Collections Care Notices.
Each subscription provides unlimited use of TK and BC Notices and Labels, as per the usage guidelines. All subscription tiers include the ability to create an account and create projects, access to API keys to integrate Local Contexts Notices and Labels into systems and workflows, and the ability to issue notifications to Indigenous Communities.
Subscription fee tiers are based on our goals to balance staff effort with our goal of building connections and communities that further Indigenous data sovereignty. All organizational subscribers have the option to add bundles for additional Users, API Keys, Projects, or Notifications.
There may be additional fees for notifying communities added in the future; we will bring this discussion to our Member and Institutional Working Groups. All changes to fees are reviewed and approved by our Council, and per our Subscriber Agreement, we will provide at least 60 days notice of any Agreement changes.
|Users with Editor Permission
|Notices and Labels
|5 @ US$1500
|3 @ US$1500
|10 @ US$1500
|10 @ US$1500
During our start-up phase, we are welcoming a special class of “Founding Subscribers”, who in addition to their annual subscription fee, are able to support Local Contexts through an additional donation of at least US$10,000 or a long-term loan of at least $50,000. These funds will be used to establish organizational infrastructure and support the hiring of a full-time executive director. All Founding Subscribers will be acknowledged on the Local Contexts webpage.
What is a Service Provider?
Any organization that integrates Local Contexts Labels and Notices into their products – free or paid. These may include museum curation platforms, repository workflow platforms, information aggregators, and more. Service Provider systems enable Local Contexts Subscribers to easily integrate Labels and Notices into local workflows and systems and ensure ongoing trust in the Local Context Labels and Notices.
The Service Provider program is a means for Local Contexts to work with organizations on their use of Labels and Notices and to make product information more accessible to our community. Service Provider benefits include increased utility of their products by Local Contexts Subscribers, participation in Hub product development meetings, and for those that meet specifications, a listing on the Local Contexts Partners page certifying compliance with Local Contexts integration standards.Service Providers are responsible for maintaining their Hub contact information, updating their integration to meet API requirements, and ensuring their Hub account integrity.
Service Provider Fees
The Service Provider fee is US$1500 per year, with the same entity type and size adjustments as for Subscribers.
Overview of Annual Fees, Value Propositions, and Requirements
|Institutions and Repositories
|Tiered subscription fees and bundle options based on Hub usage needs.
|Certification fee US$1500
- 1. Member organizations qualify for a 50% discount on subscriber fees. ↩︎