Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Digital Curation

  • Greg Janée
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_879

Synonyms

Stewardship

Definition

Digital curation is the activity of maintaining and adding value to a trusted body of digital information for current and future use.

Key Points

Left unattended, digital information degrades over time. Even if the information’s bits are correctly preserved (a difficult task in itself) the technological context surrounding the bits – the computing platforms, programming languages, applications, file formats, and so forth – will change sufficiently over time until the information is no longer usable. Changes in the information’s social context are just as significant. The communities and organizations involved in the information’s initial creation and use may attach different values and interpretation to the information over time, or cease to exist altogether. And the passage of time only exacerbates contemporary problems such as establishing the authenticity, quality, and provenance of the information.

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Recommended Reading

  1. 1.
    Beagrie N. Digital curation for science, digital libraries, and individuals. Int J Digital Curat. 2006;1(1):3–16.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems. Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). ISO 14721:2003; 2002.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification. Criteria and checklist. Chicago: Center for Research Libraries; 2007.Google Scholar

Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California-Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Amr El Abbadi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUC Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA