Tutorial 7A: Planning Digital Curation and Preservation activities
Using the DCC (Digital Curation Centre) Curation Lifecycle Model
This tutorial aims to introduce professionals charged with planning
preservation and curation activities on the use of a lifecycle methodology.
Participants will learn how to use, and customise, the DCC Curation Lifecycle
Model to help define and develop curation or preservation workflows and
activities within their organisation or consortium. The tutorial will
explain how to use the model to build granular functionality, to define
roles and responsibilities, and build an implementable framework of standards
and technologies. The use of relevant standards such as OAIS (ISO 14721:2003
Space data and information transfer systems — Open archival information
system — Reference model) and ISO15489 (Information and documentation.
Records management) will be introduced. The tutorial will
also explain how the DCC envisages using the model to contextualise a
range of DCC and external resources to reflect, as accurately as possible,
actual working practice.
- An understanding of the lifecycle approach to digital curation and
preservation including the approach taken by a number of projects
- An understanding of how the lifecycle approach to digital curation
and preservation relates to other relevant standards eg OAIS, ISO 15489
- Information on how using the DCC Curation Lifecycle Model can facilitate
the development and planning of all aspects of a curation or preservation
- An understanding of the DCC’s internal use of the DCC Curation
Lifecycle Model and the resources they provide access to.
It is intended for professionals planning digital curation and digital
preservation programs or projects within their organization or consortium.
The intended audience includes:
- Digital librarians
- Digital repository managers, developers and curators
- Archivists and electronic records managers
- Data managers
- Digital assets managers
- eScience practitioners
- Those engaged in research related to any of the above disciplines
Level of Experience:
This tutorial is designed for professionals with an Introductory or Intermediate
level of understanding in the areas of digital curation and digital
Sarah Higgins is the Standards Advisor for the Digital Curation
Centre. Based at the University of Edinburgh, she is responsible for
the DCC DIFFUSE Project, which aims to document standards frameworks
for a number of disciplines. She provides guidance and documentation
regarding the use of standards applicable to digital curation, and comments,
on behalf of the DCC, on emerging standards, or those undergoing revision.
She recently coordinated the development of the DCC Curation Lifecycle
Model. A qualified archivist, Sarah’s previous roles include: Metadata Coordinator
for Edinburgh University Library, and Project Archivist, with responsibility
for IT implementation, for both the Rebuilding the City Project and the
NAHSTE Project at Edinburgh University Archives. Previously she was Geographic
Information Research Officer for the British Antarctic Survey and Secretary
to the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee. Sarah sits on the Executive
Committee of the UK Society of Archivists Data Standards Group.