In the current digital age, data are everywhere and are continually being created, collected and otherwise captured by a range of users for a variety of applications. Curating digital content is a growing concern both for business users and academic researchers. Selecting, collecting, preserving and archiving digital assets, especially research data sets, are important steps in the research life cycle and can help expand the boundaries of research by allowing data to be reused.
Based on existing appraisal/selection policies in libraries, archives, museum, social science and science data centers, this paper presents a generic appraisal/selection framework for digital curation. In presenting this framework, the author discusses how archival appraisal theories, methods, and criteria adapt to the general digital curation context.
The DPOE Baseline Digital Preservation Curriculum consists of 6 easily understandable topics.
* Identify . . . the types of digital content you have.
* Select . . . what portion of your digital content will be preserved.
* Store . . . your selected content for the long term.
* Protect . . . your content from everyday threats and emergency contingencies.
* Manage . . . and implement requirements for long term management.
* Provide . . . access to digital content over time.
from The Signal - Now, I am one of those people who subscribe (mostly) to the “collect all the things” school of collection development. I have been around long enough to see successes where physical items that were purchased through blanket approval plans or seemingly wacky digital collections acquired or created through a fluke of opportunity become vital resources when new research trends take over or when new tools and increased computing capacity make innovative analysis possible.
Towards a Definition of Web Archiving
Welcome to Resources Anonymous, the support group for librarians addicted to information overload and teachers trying to stay up to speed on the Common Core Curriculum. One dirty secret of librarianship is that some of us still measure our worth by the quantity of resources we amass and disburse. But in this age of information abundance, our real value is being able to discern quality over quantity.