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Definition[]

Digital curation refers to

the actions people take to maintain and add value to digital information over its lifecycle, including the processes used when creating digital content.[1]

Overview[]

"[D]igital curation entails more than secure storage and preservation of digital information because curation may add value to digital information and increase its utility."[2]

"There is no single occupational category for digital curators and no precise mapping between the knowledge and skills needed for digital curation and existing professions, careers, or job titles. The scope of digital curation is broader than that of data curation because digital curation includes all types of digital information. Digital curation differs from traditional curation of physical objects and collections because of the dynamic nature of digital information, its dependence on hardware and software for processing and analysis, its fragility, and many other characteristics.[3]

"Regardless of whether a collection is physical or digital, a curator must appraise its value and relevance to the community of potential users; determine the need for preservation; document provenance and authenticity; describe, register, and catalog its content; arrange for long-term storage and preservation; and provide a means for access and use."[4]

References[]

  1. Tyler Walters & Katherine Skinner, "New Roles for New Times: Digital Curation for Preservation" 5 (Mar. 2011) (full-text).
  2. Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation, at 1.
  3. Id.
  4. Id. at 10.

See also[]

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