The DCN CURATE steps are used by curators in the Data Curation Network each time we curate a dataset. This adds consistency to our work, while also allowing for differences in data type and domain. Each steps comes with a detailed checklist for the specific actions. These are works in progress.
Data Curation Primers
Created by archivists and data librarians who attended the 2018-2020 Specialized Data Curation Workshops presented by the Data Curation Network (IMLS RE-85-18-0040-18). Data curation 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. The links below are to the editable copies in GitHub when available (see archived pdf versions available here).
- Microsoft Excel Primer
- netCDF Primer and Tutorial using NCAR dataset
- Geodatabase Primer
- Jupyter Notebooks Primer
- Microsoft Access Primer
- SPSS Primer
- WordPress.com Primer
Additional Tools created by DCN Members
Data Curation Software Tools List (DCN, 2018) 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.
Dryad Guide to Opening Files A wiki page documenting various file types and how to work with them. This page was created by the Dryad Digital Repository.
Ebook: Curating Research Data: A handbook of current practice
(ACRL Press, 2017). 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.
Software Curation: 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.