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Data Curation

Digital Curation: maintaining and adding value to a trusted body of digital information for future and current use; specifically, the active management and appraisal of data over the entire life cycle

Digital Preservation: the series of actions and interventions required to ensure continued and reliable access to authentic digital objects for as long as they are deemed to be of value

Data Curation Tools

(see Data Tools for a more general list of useful tools)

  • Digital Curation Glossary – Glossary of data curation and data preservation terminology from the Digital Curation Centre (UK).
  • OpenRefine – OpenRefine (ex-Google Refine) is a powerful tool for working with messy data, cleaning it, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and linking it to databases like Freebase.
  • ORCID – An open community-based effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.

Data Curation Publications

  • Data Curation, SPEC Kit 354 (2017) – The Association of Research Libraries' SPEC Kit "explores the infrastructure that ARL member institutions are using for data curation, which data curation services are offered, who may use them, which disciplines demand services most, library staffing levels, policies and workflows, and the challenges of supporting these activities. It includes examples of data repository web pages, descriptions of services, infrastructure, workflows, metadata schemas, and policies, and job descriptions."
  • Research Data Curation Bibliography: Version 2 (2019) – This selective bibliography includes over 750 English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions.

Data & Intellectual Property Rights

Tools for Data Curation

last edited 9/25/2020