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Data Management and Curation

This page highlights resources for IASSIST members on the topics of good practice, standards, and activity in Data Management and Curation. Explore all the resources or limit the view to a particular topic by clicking on a tag name.

Government of Canada: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Research Data Archiving Policy

The SSHRC funding council "is committed to the principle that the various forms of research data collected with public funds belong in the public domain. Accordingly, SSHRC has adopted SSHRC Research Data Archiving Policy to facilitate making data that has been collected with the help of SSHRC funds available to other researchers."

Government of Canada: Access to Research Results: Guiding Principles

The Government of Canada's principal funders of research and scholarship in higher education collaborated to produce Government of Canada: Access to Research Results: Guiding Principles to ensure data produced by public funding remains as widely available as possible.

UK Data Service (ESDS): Manage data

The UK Data Service's Manage data site contains data management guidance for researchers, data creators, data managers and data curators, on best strategies and methods for creating, preparing, and storing shareable datasets. Some guidance is specifically targeted at researchers funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) School of Information & Library Science (SILS): Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr)

UNC-Chapel Hill's Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr) offers intensive training and symposia on digital curation for researchers and other professionals. The current funded project, DigCCurr II, will host three Professional Institutes aimed at assisting digital collection managers in developing their digital curation strategies. The site also offers fellowships in digital curation as well as a shared space for workshop participants to collaborate and share tools and strategies.

DataCite: DataCite Metadata Schema for the Publication and Citation of Research Data

The DataCite Metadata Schema for the Publication and Citation of Research Data is a list of core metadata properties chosen for the accurate and consistent identification of data for citation and retrieval purposes, along with recommended use instructions. This schema was developed by DataCite International Data Citation Metadata Working Group, released March 2011.

ICPSR: Digital Preservation Management

The ICPSR Digital Preservation Management site provides a listing of ICPSR-based workshops and tutorials on Digital Preservation Management. Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-Term Strategies for Long-Term Solutions, is an online tutorial developed for the Digital Preservation Management workshop, developed and maintained by Cornell University Library, 2003-2006; extended and maintained by ICPSR, 2007-on. This tutorial is available in English, French, and Italian.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS): Data Curation Education Program

The UIUC Graduate School of Library and Information Science's Data Curation Education Program, a specialization within the Master of Library Science program, offers a focus on data collection and management, knowledge representation, digital preservation and archiving, data standards, and policy. GSLIS has also hosted several summer institutes on data curation, designed for working professionals to enhance their skills in this area.

OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding

The OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding (PDF) represents guidelines based on commonly agreed principles to facilitate cost-effective access to digital research data from public funding. It is intended to improve the international sharing of, and access to, research data.

JISC: Research Data Management Discussion List

The JISC Research Data Management Discussion List provides an international, multi-disciplinary forum for discussing research data management issues.

Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2)

The Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2) maintains projects and research for facilitating data curation. Includes an extensive list of data repositories that is searchable and browsable.

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