Research Data Curation Bibliography

Charles Bailey has announced that Version 4 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography has been released. This selective bibliography includes over 320 English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions. Most sources have been published from January 2009 through June 2014; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included.

Research Data Curation Bibliography: The



The Value & Impact of Data Sharing & Curation

Jisc has published the synthesis report of the value & impact studies of Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC). This report summarizes and reflects on the findings from a series of recent studies, conducted by Neil Beagrie of Charles Beagrie Ltd. and Prof. John Houghton of Victoria University, into the value and impact of these three well established research data centers . It provides a summary of the key findings from new research and reflects on: the methods that can be used to collect data for such studies; the analytical methods that can be used to explore value, impacts, costs and benefits; and the lessons learnt and recommendations arising from the series of studies as a whole.

Report: A Workflow Model for Curating Research Data

The University of Minnesota Libraries Publishes Report on Workflow Model for Curating Research Data

The report details the in-depth workflow that were developed to curate (appraise, ingest, arrange and describe, augment with metadata, transform file formats, disseminate for access, and preserve) research data using their existing (DSpace-based) tools and capacities. The report shares their Data Curation Pilot experience to outline overall successful cases and lessons learned in the discussion section.

The report is available at:

Developing a Pilot Registry for UK Research Data

The UK Data Archive Teams up with Members of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) for Data Curation

The UK Data Archive is teaming up with members of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) to develop a UK-wide registry or catalogue of research data collections held in universities and data centres.

The Jisc-funded six-month pilot project follows from a rich legacy of recent work in embedding research data management and sharing in universities, to support data reuse. But in order for data sharing and secondary analysis to yield major benefits, such data need to be easily findable and accessible. This project aims to address this emerging need.

More information about this pilot is available at:

Research Data Management and the History of Science

Research Data Management and the History of Science

There’s an interesting report from the History of Science Society that looks at the question of how historians of science, as opposed to scientists in various disciplines, need to be represented in efforts to make decisions about the curation and retention of research data, using the context of the recent US Federal government efforts to open up government-produced and government-funded research data.

The report is available at:

Data Curation Themed Issue of Information Standards Quarterly | NISO

NISO Publishes Data Curation Themed Issue of Information Standards Quarterly in Open Access

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of the Fall 2013 issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) with a special theme of Data Curation. Interest in the topic of data curation has increased greatly as many governments and funding organizations have mandated that publicly funded research must be made more openly available—including not only the results published in journal articles, but also the underlying data. As a result, much discussion and work is under way around the process and tools needed to ensure that data can be made accessible for reuse and preserved for the long-term.

“If I were to sum up the topic that comes up time and time again, not only in the articles in this issue, it is the necessity for standards to enable digital curation,” states Sarah Callaghan, Research Scientist and Project Manager, British Atmospheric Data Centre, and guest content editor for the issue. “It doesn’t matter what type of data is curated; anything from metadata about research projects, publications and grey literature, the methodologies and results of laboratory work, or the measurements from long-term observational missions. One thing is certain, the rate at which data is created is increasing so dramatically that the only way to manage curation is to automate it, and the only way to do that is to have standardized structures and ontologies.”

The feature article by Colin L. Bird, Cerys Willoughby, Simon J. Coles, and Jeremy G. Frey discusses Data Curation Issues in the Chemical Sciences, specifically the extent to which chemists respect the importance of curation in their day-to-day activities in the laboratory and at their computers. The authors emphasize that an essential ingredient in the curation process is metadata, particularly at the time data and information are created, which they describe as “curation at source.”

Information Standards Quarterly is available in open access in electronic format on the NISO website. Both the entire Fall 2013 Data Curation issue of ISQ and the individual articles may be freely downloaded. Print copies are available by subscription and as print on demand. To access the free electronic version, visit:

DH Curation Guide

DH Curation Guide: A community Resource Guide to Data Curation in the Digital Humanities

The DH Curation Guide is a compilation of articles that address aspects of data curation in the digital humanities. The goal of the DH Curation Guide is to direct readers to trusted resources with enough context from expert editors and the other members of the research community to indicate to how these resources might help them with their own data curation challenges.

Each article provides a short introduction to a topic and a list of linked resources. Structuring articles in this way acknowledges the many excellent resources that already exist to provide guidance on subjects relevant to curation such as data formats, legal policies, description, and more.

The DH Curation Guide grew out of a needs analysis study of data curation at digital humanities centers conducted by the Data Curation Education Program for the Humanities (DCEP-H) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which has been generously funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (RE-05-08-0062-08). In the course of interviewing directors and senior-level staff of centers engaged in digital research in the humanities, project team members identified a clear need for a collection of reviewed, trusted resources for basic information on issues related to data curation. The DH Curation Guide is an initial contribution toward meeting that need.

Coordinated by the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), the DCEP-H program extends the existing Data Curation specialization within the ALA-accredited master’s program at GSLIS to include humanities data. Encompassing curriculum design, internships, a fellowship program as well as other activities in addition to the needs analysis survey, DCEP-H is intended to prepare information professionals for the unique challenges of working with humanities research data.

More information about DH Curation Guide available at: