Data Curation

Adhering to the Libraries vision to curate information and resources for our users, Data Services (DS) provides digital data curation (DDC) support and services, including selection, management and archiving of digital data in the sciences, social sciences and digital humanities. The purpose of DDC is to facilitate sharing and ensure long-term preservation of data objects through specific treatments. DDC treatments create context, support research data integrity, protect against obsolescence, promote interoperability, and prepare digital data for reuse.

Researchers can utilize this curation service to preserve their scholarship and to satisfy funder, publisher or community requirements to document and make accessible research data which they have captured, reused, augmented, or analyzed. Researchers may also utilize the service to facilitate research transparency through the curation of methods documentation and code, which allows them to demonstrate the validity and integrity of their methods and outputs. Curation of methods and code does not currently include code review.

Curation activities can be initiated at any phase of the research lifecycle, however early consultation is recommended.

DS offers three levels of DDC (basic, intermediate, full) to the University community. Each data asset deposited in the University institutional repository data collection receives basic curation treatments. Intermediate or full data curation treatments are provided based upon current domain and functional capacities. Curated datasets will be actively stewarded for a period of ten years and reviewed for continued stewardship at that time and shared via the Libraries’ institutional repository. In the case that DDC services offered by DS will not meet the needs of a researcher, DS will work with the researcher to identify alternatives.