This website is an environment where academic librarians of all kinds, special librarians at research facilities, archivists involved in the preservation of digital data and those who support digital repositories can find help, support and camaraderie in exploring avenues to learn more about working with research data and the use of the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit.
A Data Curation Profile is essentially an outline of the “story” of a data set or collection, describing its origin and lifecycle within a research project. The Profile and its associated Toolkit grew out of an inquiry into the changing environment of scholarly communication, especially the possibility of researchers providing access to data much further upstream than previously imagined. If researchers are interested in sharing or forced to provide access to data sets or collections, what does that mean for the data, for researchers, and for librarians?
Data Curation Profiles can:
- provide a guide for discussing data with researchers
- give insight into areas of attention in data management
- help assess information needs related to data collections
- give insight into differences between data in various disciplines
- help identify possible data services
- create a starting point for curating a data set for archiving and preservation
Look around and get to know the site. You will find everything from the history of Data Curation Profiles, the Toolkit for developing a profile of a research data set (registration is required), completed profiles from various disciplines, guidelines for submitting profiles, forums for discussion and resources to learn more about data curation. We hope you will register, download the Toolkit, submit a Profile of your own and join the conversation.
And be sure to check out the video from the Data Curation Profiles Symposium held at Purdue University on September 24, 2012.