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Digital Curation: A How-to-Do-it Manual

Handbook / ManualNew Edition

By: Gillian Oliver (Author), Ross Harvey (Author)

Facet Publishing (formerly Library Association Publishing)

Paperback | May 2016 | Edition: 2 | #229270 | ISBN-13: 9781783300976
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This second edition of Digital Curation outlines the essential concepts and techniques that are crucial to preserving the longevity of digital resources.

The first edition of Digital Curation provided in-depth explanation of the entire digital curation lifecycle, from creation to appraisal to preservation to organization/access to transformation and set a benchmark for both thoroughness and clarity. In this revamped and expanded second edition, international authorities Gillian Oliver and Ross Harvey have widened the scope to address continuing developments in the strategies, technological approaches, and activities that are part of this rapidly changing field.

Useful as both a teaching text and day-to-day working guide, Digital Curation outlines the essential concepts and techniques that are crucial to preserving the longevity of digital resources and covers topics including:
- the scope and incentives of digital curation, detailing Digital Curation Centre’s (DCC) lifecycle model as well as the Data Curation Continuum
- key requirements for digital curation, from description and representation to planning and collaboration
- the value and utility of metadata
- creating an appraisal and selection policy for digital objects that considers the needs of producers and consumers when
- the paradigm shift by institutions towards cloud computing and its impact on costs, storage, and other key aspects of digital curation
- the quality and security of data
- new and emerging data curation resources, including innovative digital repository software and digital forensics tools
- mechanisms for sharing and reusing data, with expanded sections on open access, open data, and open standards initiatives
- processes to ensure that data are preserved and remain usable over time



1. Introduction
2. The Changing Landscape
3. Conceptual Models
4. Defining Data


5. Curation and Curators
6. Description and Representation Information
7. Preservation Planning and Policy
8. Sharing Knowledge and Collaborating


9. Designing Data
10. Creating Data
11. Deciding What Data to Keep
12. Ingesting Data
13. Preserving Data
14. Storing Data
15. Using and Reusing Data

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Gillian Oliver is an academic at the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her PhD is from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests centre on organisational culture, and the influences this has on the way that information is managed. She is the co-author of Records Management and Information Culture (Facet 2014) and a Co-editor in Chief of Archival Science.

Ross Harvey is Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and the University of South Australia.

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