The goal of digital curation is to ensure the appropriate usability of managed digital assets over time. Format is a fundamental characteristic of a digital asset that governs its ability to be used effectively.
Without strong format typing a digital asset is merely an undifferentiated string of bits. The information content encoded into an asset's bits can only be interpreted properly and rendered in human-sensible form if that asset's format is known.
While it is possible for bits to be preserved indefinitely without consideration of format, it is only through the careful management of format that the meaning of those bits remains accessible over time.
This instalment investigates aspects of format description, validation, and characterisation that may assist with long-term curation and usability of data.
The JISC-funded Digital Curation Centre (DCC) provides a focus on research into digital curation expertise and best
practice for the storage, management and preservation of digital information to enable its use and re-use over time
Any Compute Canada user can access modest quantities of compute, storage and cloud resources as soon as they have a Compute Canada account. This Rapid Access Service (RAS) allows users to experiment and to start working right away. Many research groups can meet their needs through using the Rapid Access Service only.
Developed by TU Delft to help their researchers and staff to determine costs and staffing requirements in project proposals.
Suggested questions about your project which will help estimate the data management needs of your project.
Sharing and Reuse
Have you considered what type of end-user license to include with your data?
This guide will help you decide how to apply a licence to your research data, and which licence would be most suitable. It should provide you with an awareness of why licensing data is important, the impact licences have on future research, and the potential pitfalls to avoid. It concentrates on the UK context, though some aspects apply internationally; it does not, however, provide legal advice. The guide should interest both the principal investigators and researchers responsible for the data, and those who provide access to them through a data centre, repository or archive.
The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law.
This guide is primarily directed toward members of
the research sector, particularly data rightsholders
users and suppliers. Some general reference is made
to characteristics and management of government
data, acknowledging that this kind of data can be
input to the research process.
What steps will be taken to help the research community know that your data exists?
Portage supports two national repository options: the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) and Dataverse North. As a part of Portage’s Federated Architecture Model, we have partnered with Compute Canada, OCUL Scholars Portal, and institutions offering Dataverse to provide hosted repository options that do not require installing, configuring, patching, or upgrading by individual institutions or researchers.
Ethics and Legal Compliance
If your research project includes sensitive data, how will you ensure that it is securely managed and accessible only to approved members of the project?
Provided by EDINA and Data Library, University of Edinburgh in association with the UK Data Archive, Digital Curation Centre (DCC), and Distributed Data Curation Center at the Purdue University Libraries