Patrick paper18 / DigCurV 2013 proceedings / Resources / Home page - DigCur

Patrick paper18

Paper: "Getting Data Creators On Board with the Digital Curation Agenda: Lessons Learned in Developing Training for Researchers", Dr Meriel Patrick and Dr James A. J. Wilson, DaMaRO Project, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Abstract—University research projects are a key source of digital information with potential long-term value. Researchers rarely need to be persuaded that preserving the fruits of their work is in principle a good thing, but may often lack knowledge of the best way to go about doing this. Additionally, time pressures on academics are such that curation can frequently end up being pushed down the priority list. It is therefore important that information professionals working alongside researchers are able to offer appropriate training and advice on both the practicalities of and the rationale for digital curation.

The DaMaRO Project is one of a series of research data management projects based at the University of Oxford. The project’s remit includes developing training for researchers
(intended to encourage them to consider data sharing and preservation issues at an early stage in their research), plus the development of an institutional data archive (DataBank) and catalogue of datasets (DataFinder). This paper offers some reflections on our experiences thus far, and in particular looks at the question of how researchers and others who are involved in the creation of digital data may most effectively be engaged in planning for and facilitating its long-term preservation.

paper18.pdf 380.39 kB