Digital Curation

Digital curation is the management and preservation of digital data over the long-term.
All activities involved in managing data from planning its creation, best practice in digitisation and documentation, and ensuring its availability and suitability for discovery and re-use in the future are part of digital curation. Digital curation can also include managing vast data sets for daily use, for example ensuring that they can be searched and continue to be readable. Digital curation is therefore applicable to a large range of professional situations from the beginning of the information life-cycle to the end; digitisers, metadata creators, funders, policy-makers, and repository managers to name a few examples.

Again, Kevin Bradley (2007) defined curation as "maintaining and adding value to a trusted body of digital information for current and future use"

Digital Curation takes a wholistic approach (Life-cycle Management) to digital materials to address the selection, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets for long term access, in addition to their preservation whereas Data management usually implies more of a computer maintenance and backup role.

The Application of Preservation Planning Templates to a Personal Digital Collection – Reflections on the Process

Introduction - Paul Wilson | The PAWDOC collection was initiated in 1981 to support research into new office systems at the National Computing Centre in Manchester. The author continued to use the collection to manage all his documents throughout his subsequent IT career. The collection’s index contains six fields (Ref No, Title, Movement Status, Publication Date, Date Last Accessed, and Creation Date). Each of the 17,000 Index entries related to one or more of some 29,000 electronic files of a wide variety of file types stored in a Document Management System.

Libraries to host postdoctoral fellow in software curation | MIT Libraries

Unique opportunity for recent PhD recipients from the Council on Library and Information Resources

The MIT Libraries will host a Software Curation Postdoctoral Fellow as part of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. CLIR Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research.

Data Management and Curation in 21st Century Archives – Part 2 |

I attended the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) last month in Cleveland, Ohio and was invited to participate on the Research Libraries Roundtable panel on Data Management and Curation in 21st Century Archives. Dan Noonan, e-Records/Digital Resources Archivist, moderated the discussion. Wendy Hagenmaier, Digital Collections Archivist, Georgia Tech Library and Sammie Morris, Director, Archives and Special Collections & University Archivist, Purdue University Libraries joined me on the panel.

October 2015 Issue of IFLA Journal Now Available Online, Special Issue on Cultural Heritage | LJ INFOdocket

IFLA Journal (Volume 41, No.3; October 2015)

IFLA Journal is published by the International Federation of Library Associations.

Guest editorial
- IFLA Journal special issue on Cultural Heritage 191
- Douwe Drijfhout and Tanja de Boer


- Indigenous cultural heritage preservation: A review essay with ideas for the future
Loriene Roy

- The digital library in the re-inscription of African cultural heritage
Dale Peters, Matthias Brenzinger, Renate Meyer, Amanda Noble and Niklas Zimmer

Stewarding Academic and Research Content: An Interview with Bradley Daigle and Chip German about APTrust | The Signal

In this edition of the Insights Interview series for the NDSA Innovation Working Group, I was excited to talk with Bradley Daigle, director of digital curation services and digital strategist for special collections at the University of Virginia, and R. F. (Chip) German Jr., program director of the APTrust, about the Academic Preservation Trust.

Lauren: Tell us about the Academic Preservation Trust and how the organization addresses the needs of member institutions.

oni Morrison’s Born-Digital Material | Mudd Manuscript Library Blog

By Elena Colon-Marrero and Allison Hughes
On October 14, 2014, Princeton University announced it had acquired the papers of author, emeritus faculty member, and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. The papers, which are currently being processed, consist of approximately 200 linear feet of material, including manuscripts, drafts, correspondence, working files, teaching material, and just over 150 floppy disks. The disks come in 2 varieties, 3.5” and 5.25”, pictured below:

Policies for Long-term Curation and Preservation within Digital Repositories

Video - YouTube
Published on Aug 13, 2015

Helen Hockx-Yu, JISC Programme Manager

Neil Jeffries, University of Oxford

Kevin Schurer, UK Data Archive (UKDA)

Najla Semple (Chair), Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)

Allan Sudlow, Medical Research Council (MRC)

Mark Thorley, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Andrew Wilson, AHDS

Project MUSE - Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science-Volume 39, Number 2, June juin 2015

Table of Contents
Special Issue on Data, Records, and Archives in the Cloud
Guest editor: Luciana Duranti

Curriculum - Digital Preservation Outreach and Education | Library of Congress

The DPOE Baseline Digital Preservation Curriculum consists of six 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.

How to use Calibre to Manage your eBook Collection

Calibre is one of the premier open sourced e-book editing and creation programs out there and it makes managing your e-reader or tablet very easy. You can convert books from one format to another, change up the cover art and change the author or book name. Today, I want to give you a simply overview on what this program is all about and how you can use it to edit books you download from the internet and send them to your device.