Disciplinary and Institutional Perspectives on Digital Curation
2009. ‘Disciplinary and Institutional Perspectives on Digital Curation.’ In: 2nd Digital Curation Curriculum Symposium (DigCCurr 2009): "Practice, Promise and Prospects". Chapel Hill, N.C. 1–3 April 2009..
Abstract models like the DCC Digital Curation Lifecycle embody the concept that the curation of research data cannot be considered in isolation from the wider contexts of scientific research and practice. One aspect of this is the need for curators to engage with the teams and individuals that are responsible for creating data. Some recent studies have begun to identify how curation roles and responsibilities are shared across all of those institutions and individuals that play an active part in the ongoing stewardship of research data, including scientists, institutions, data centres, funding bodies, and the users of third-party data. This sharing of responsibilities for curation emphasises the importance of collaboration, and the need for generic technical and organisational frameworks to support it. In practice, however, the data curation cultures of different research disciplines (and sub-disciplines) are extremely diverse, posing significant challenges for those trying to develop generic (or institution-based) solutions. This presentation will explore these issues with reference to detailed disciplinary casestudies of curation undertaken for the Digital Curation Centre as part of the DCC SCARP (Sharing Curation And Re-use Preservation) project and a feasibility study conducted by UKOLN into the potential for developing a generic metadata application profile for scientific datasets.