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Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI)

SARI TPF Fees and Terms of Use

I.    General

SARI is a Center at the PhF. The customer-oriented SARI TPF is the technology platform offered by SARI Center as a service. SARI TPF, a non-central technology platform at the UZH, offers data services to the scientific communities of the UZH, Switzerland, and abroad, covering small-scale to large-scale projects at universities and in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector. SARI TPF hosts, migrates, integrates, visualizes, and annotates resources, i.e., images, audio files, videos, and texts as well as archival and research data that constitute the core of cultural heritage research in art history and the digital humanities. 
SARI TPF generates fee-bound income from customer mandates. Customer rates distinguish academic and non-academic clients and offer services as an infrastructure bundle at fixed price or billed to expenditure. 

II.    Rules for the fee calculation

The calculation of the fees for the SARI TPF services follows specific rules:

  • client fees must be set at a realistic level for researchers and remain compatible with the funding objectives of the SNSF and other major funding agencies. 

  • charges for SARI services must be comparable to those at other universities and research institutions.

  • non-academic/commercial clients pay full costs, which include a market-based profit margin.

SARI’s fee structure is dependent on user categories:  

  1. internal users: mandates by UZH clients (incl. SARI Research)
  2. external academic users: mandates by academic clients outside UZH
  3. non-academic users: external mandates by non-academic clients

The SARI TPF fee model is based on three different types of services:

  • costs for server infrastructure (servers, virtual machines, clusters) are charged sep-arately and based on actual costs;
  • if SARI TPF employees collect and analyze data for clients, the costs for services are charged to expenditure;
  • in the case of (third party-funded) projects that conduct research in collaboration with SARI employees, this collaboration takes place in SARI Research and benefits from UZH-internal (academic) fees for the services it procures from SARI TPF. 

III.    Services

Clients of SARI TPF have access to services and expertise related to

  • project development,

  • semantic technology, and 
  • data services.

SARI TPF has fixed price offers for standardized components, and bills to expenditure (time and expertise) for customized services.

A.    Fixed Price Offers

1.    Generic platform package

SARI TPF offers clients a generic semantic environment for research in the humanities at the fixed price of CHF 9’900.- for the duration of the project (max. 4 years). This includes the following elements: 

  • kick-off and/or on-boarding workshop (0.5 days);

  • dedicated instance of ResearchSpace or metaphacts; 

  • toolset to catalogue historical visual and textual artefacts (archival objects);

  • toolset for recording persons, groups, etc. as secondary entities;

  • standardized user interface.

Partners collaborating with SARI in joint research projects receive a 20% discount. Clients complying with FAIR data principles (according to SNSF) will be granted a 10% discount.

2.    Courses, Educational Workshops

SARI TPF offers courses and workshops for existing and prospective clients (cf. IV. 3 Training). Introductory programs are in general free of charge, advanced courses might be charged to expenditure.

B.    Services Billed to Expenditure 

Services that are charged according to expenditure are subject to the following criteria:

  • in principle, full costs are charged (gross wage costs including employer's contribution to the ancillary wage costs);

  • no overhead is charged for academic customers;

  • administrative overhead costs are charged for commercial customers.

This following price structure is valid for the period 1.3.2023 until 31.12.2023 (replacing the price structure from 1.11.2022): 

Hourly rate UZH





Senior Architect 

(Project Development Services)

CHF 110.- CHF 110.- CHF 160.- 

Project Development Specialist

(Project Development Services)

CHF 75.- CHF 75.- CHF 120.-

Semantic Modelling Specialist 

(Semantic Technology Services)

CHF 85.- CHF 85.- CHF 130.-

Development and Operations Specialist

(Semantic Technology Services)

CHF 75.- CHF 75.- CHF 120.- 

Data Engineer  

(Data Services)

CHF 68.- CHF 68.- CHF 105.- 

Data Curation Specialist  

(Data Services)

CHF 68.- CHF 68.- CHF 105.- 

Data Curator 

(Data Services)

CHF 52.-  CHF 52.-  CHF 75.- 

All rates are displayed excluding VAT. The price excluding VAT applies to clients within the Swiss university sector. International and non-academic clients are subject to VAT.

IV.    Registration and admission

Each SARI TPF mandate must be registered and have a designated principal investigator. This person, the primary client, is responsible for the content, realization, and finances of the mandate. A primary SARI TPF client can authorize further researchers as associate users. All users must register to have access to the SARI TPF infrastructure. 
The following information is needed:

  • Name and address;
  • institutional affiliation;
    if UZH: personnel number or matriculation number;
  • project title and project description;
  • in case of a third-party-funded project: name of principal investigator(s) and responsible project leader(s), name of the funding institution and project number;
  • information whether the project is registered with UZH’s Digital Society Initiative (DSI);
  • billing address with a named person.

1.    Admission

The Managing Director of SARI TPF assesses the suitability of mandates. Applicants may be invited to present their research project at a meeting of the SARI TPF team. Depending on the scope of the mandate, some applications may also have to be approved by the executive committee. 

2.    Billing

Billing for the use of SARI TPF services and server capacity is twice a year on default, usually in April and October. 
The detailed time sheets of the SARI TPF staff members are used to determine billable services. If support or services from SARI TPF staff members are required, or if there is to be a research collaboration, these costs have to be individually negotiated for each mandate (in accordance with the three categories above). Services and consulting provided by SARI TPF staff are billed on the basis of work orders and a record of actual hours worked. If the actual hours of work differ from the estimate, services are billed according to actual working hours.
The SARI TPF information system provides users with server capacity for storage and processing, tailor-made processing pipeline for cultural heritage data and the setup and hosting of services, both from internal development or by third parties. Access and capacity are managed by the SARI TPF system administrator. The prices for storage, TB/month, and processing, per CPU hour, are determined by S3IT, SARI TPF's IT resource partner at the University of Zurich.

3.    Training

Researchers not familiar with processes must attend an introduction and training session from a SARI TPF staff member. This will help to ensure successful data collection for your experiment and ensures that research can be conducted to the highest scientific standard. Training courses and teaching materials will be in place by the beginning of 2022. 
The following educational workshops and courses are planned for existing and prospe-tive customers:

  • on-boarding workshops: prospective customers are eligible to a free initial meeting, followed by a specification meeting during which terms of collaboration get established (CHF 0.-);
  • introductory workshops to data visualization: CHF 900.- (academic) or 2000.- (non-academic);
  • in-depth workshops for project partners of SARI Research at reduced tariffs.

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