Data Curation Primers

Primers are interactive, living documents that detail a specific subject, disciplinary area or curation task and that can be used as a reference to curate research data.

As a capstone experience to the workshop, attendees will form small groups of 3-4 to create documents that detail how certain data formats and specialized datasets could be curated. This should reflect the experience and expertise the group of librarians already possess. For example, a group might address what considerations need to be taken into account in order to curate .czi files - which are a common, proprietary file format outputted by microscopes in a variety of disciplines. These considerations would then coalesce into a document that other curators or librarians would use when they receive a .czi file at their institution and are preparing the files for curation.

At a minimum we see these primers each containing the following information about their topic:
● File format background and applications
● Tools for opening file type (proprietary and open source)
● Transformation considerations
● Curation workflows/steps
● Recommended metadata schema and elements
● Preservation recommendations
● Links to example curated dataset

Primers are expected to completed by the groups within 3-6 months after the workshop. Check back on this page for more information as these primers are developed and published!

Examples of functional Data Curation Primer topics include:
  • Geospatial data (eg. Shapefiles, GeoTIFF, GeoPackage, raster/vector data, FGDC)
  • 3D image files (eg .ply, .stl, .obj., x3d)
  • Qualitative data (eg. nVIVO, ATLAS.ti)
  • Spectral files (eg. JCAMP, mzML, ANDI or netCDF, FIDs, XY data in ASCII text, NMReDATA)
  • Databases (eg. SQL, Access)
Examples of subject or domain Data Curation Primer topics include:
  • Chemistry
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Health / Biomedical / Human Subjects