Handout for adventures in digital curation

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This handout accompanies the presentation "Adventures in Digital Curation," which outlines some steps for those new to digital curation (i.e., preserving and providing access to digital collections). The presentation was for the Digital Conversion Interest Group, sponsored by ALCTS-PARS, and was given at the American Library Association Conference in Anaheim, California on June 23, 2012. All content in the handout and accompanying presentation are Creative Commons licensed (CC-BY-SA).


1.    Adventures in Digital CurationMeg Meiman / June 23, 2012Digital Conversion Interest GroupInitial steps for novice, solo digital curatorsThese steps may be configured as an iterative cycle for novice, solo curators of born-digital content. Assess or re-assess available resources (IT support, technology, staff, and funding) Determine / refine the scope of curated content Prioritize what you absolutely, positively have to curate (get input from content creators, if appropriate) Develop /refine guidelines for content creators (“front-end” curation) Develop / refine “good enough” curation practices, such as file format conversion and migration, to incorporate into workflow (“back-end” curation) Include other collaborators to assist with curation Rinse and repeat, if necessaryDigital Curation Sources for training and continuing educationGetting startedDigital Preservation Outreach and Education. Library of Congress. http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/education/curriculum.htmlLazorchak, Butch. “Digital Preservation, Digital Curation, DigitalStewardship: What’s in (Some) Names?” The Signal: DigitalPreservation. Blog post. August 23, 2011.http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2011/08/digital-preservation-digital-curation-digital-stewardship-what%E2%80%99s-in-some-names/The Signal: Digital Preservation. Awesome blog. Library of Congress.http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/Overview of tools and resourcesDigital Curation Centre. http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/external/tools-servicesNational Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Programhttp://digitalpreservation.gov/partners/resources/tools/index.html   2.     Prom, Christopher. “Practical E-Records.”http://e-records.chrisprom.com/resources/Models of data curationMiles, Alistair. “Zoological Case Studies in Digital Curation – DCC SCARP/ ImageStore.” June 6, 2007. http://alimanfoo.wordpress.com/2007/06/Prom, Christopher. “Making Digital Curation an Institutional Function.”International Journal of Data Curation. 6.1 (2011): 139-152. Available online athttp://www.ijdc.net/index.php/ijdc/article/view/169DCC Curation Lifecycle Model. http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/curation-lifecycle-modelLeFurgy, Bill. “Life Cycle Models for Digital Stewardship.” The Signal: DigitalPreservation. Blog post. February 21, 2012. Available athttp://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2012/02/life-cycle-models-for-digital-stewardship/Reports, guides, and bibliography of further readingsBailey, Charles W. “Research Data Curation Bibliography.” April 16, 2012. http://digital-scholarship.org/rdcb/rdcb.htmDigital Curation Centre’s SCARP Reports on disciplinary approaches to data deposit. Reports from 2007-2010 available at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/scarp“DH Curation Guide: a community resource guide to data curation in the digital humanities.” Available at http://guide.dhcuration.org/“Reports on Digital Archives and Repositories.” Center for ResearchLibraries: Global Resources Network.http://www.crl.edu/archiving-preservation/digital-archives/digital-archive-reportsWalters, Tyler and Katherine Skinner. “New Roles for New Times: Digital Curation forPreservation.” 2009. Report Prepared for the Association of Research Libraries.Available at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/nrnt_digital_curation17mar11.pdf