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2019 User Fees, 2019 User Agreement and related policies

Following two rounds of industry consultation and a subsequent review period for the proposed language amendments to the 2019 legal documentation, the 2019 DSB Access and Usage Agreement and Policies have been finalised.

The changes are a result of updating content that was specific to the 2017-18 contract period, editorial corrections and incorporation of industry feedback that has been received over the last 12 months, including the 2019 consultation process. The recent industry consultations (see below) included feedback specific to the 2019 fee model, functionality, service levels, service availability, user categories and user agreement.

The changes to the DSB Access and Usage Agreement and Policies will become effective 1st January 2019.

The finalised documentation and a Summary Document, which includes a narrative of the changes, is available here. Please select the buttons on the right.



Second Consultation

The DSB completed its second round of industry consultation on the 2019 User Fees, user categories, legal agreement, service levels, service availability and functionality on 27th July 2018. The second consultation summarized industry responses (from the first consultation) and set out further information and next steps. A 2nd webinar was hosted on Tuesday 3rd July 2018.

The DSB received 15 responses, representing a total of 19 institutions and are available below.

Feedback received outside of consultations:

First Consultation

The DSB hosted a webinar on Friday 18th May 2018 setting out a series of proposed changes. The webinar served as the initiation of an initial consultation period and the DSB welcomed industry feedback on proposed changes to the 2019 User Fees, 2019 User Agreement and related policies as well as feedback on questions about desired service levels, functionality and availability of the DSB Service. The initial consultation round closed at 5pm UTC on Wednesday 13th June 2018. The accompanying slide deck was designed to work in conjunction with the consultation document.

The DSB received 16 responses, representing a total of 20 institutions and are available below.

Consultation Timeline

Fri 18-May-18DSB Webinar on 2019 Fee Model, User Agreement principles (first consultation)
Wed 13-Jun-18Deadline for industry feedback on presentation deck
Thu 28-Jun-18Publication of second DSB consultation
Tue 3-Jul-18 Second DSB webinar on Fee Model & User Agreement Consultation
Fri 27-Jul-18Deadline for industry feedback on second consultation
Mon 20-Aug-18Publication final report + draft 2019 user agreement
Thu 20-Sep-18Publication of finalised User Agreement
Wed 5-Dec-18Finalised 2019 costs + per user fees + # of users (per 2018 Charges Policy)