Definitions of Data Curation Activities (DCN, 2016)

Data Curation Software Tools List 
A crowdsourced list of tools helpful in the practice of data curation. This list was developed by members of the DCN during our First Annual All Hands Meeting in July, 2018, and this list is intended to be a living resource.

Curation of Specific File Types

The draft DCN CURATE Checklists were enhanced by members of the DCN during a hands-on exercise applying the CURATE steps to a real dataset of one of four types (tabular, survey, code, geospatial) at the First Annual All Hands Meeting in July, 2018. Different data may require different curation workflows, and these enhanced CURATE Checklists reflect this. These checklists are works in progress.
  • Check files and read documentation (risk mitigation, file inventory, appraisal/selection)
  • Understand the data (or try to), if not… (run files/environment, QA/QC issues, readmes)
    • Primers created by DCN members to understand data types
  • Request missing information or changes (tracking provenance of any changes and why)
  • Augment metadata for findability (DOIs, metadata standards, discoverability)
  • Transform file formats for reuse (data preservation, conversion tools, data viz)
  • Evaluate for FAIRness (licences, responsibility standards, metrics for tracking use)
A wiki page documenting various file types and how to work with them. This page was created by the Dryad Digital Repository.

A free ebook detailing the sequential actions that you might take to curate a data set from receiving the data (Step 1) to eventual reuse (Step 8). Notably, this handbook includes 35 case studies from practitioners based at an international array of general, disciplinary, and institutional data repositories.

Curation of Software

Johns Hopkins Libraries Data Management Services Resources for Research Software include: A Toolbox for Curating and Archiving Research Software for Data Management Specialists and online training modules on Planning for Software Reproducibility and Reuse.

Lisa Johnston,
Jan 9, 2019, 12:10 PM