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Digital curation


Gary Ernest Davis

This website is currently curated by Gary Ernest Davis, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Co-Director of the Data Science Program, and formerly Foundation Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Construction of the Website began in Spring 2016 when Dr. Davis was an Open Educational Resource Fellow of the Office of Faculty Development, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Views expressed on this site are those of the author and curator and do not represent an official position of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Dr. Davis’s home page at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth can be accessed here.


Digital curation information

  • Content Curation Primer. Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information. A content curator cherry picks the best content that is important and relevant to share with their community.
  • The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management across the UK’s higher education research community.
  • Digital curation, Wikipedia. Digital curation is the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets. Digital curation establishes, maintains and adds value to repositories of digital data for present and future use. This is often accomplished by archivists, librarians, scientists, historians, and scholars. Enterprises are starting to use digital curation to improve the quality of information and data within their operational and strategic processes. Successful digital curation will mitigate digital obsolescence, keeping the information accessible to users indefinitely.
  • Digital Curation Research Center, Rutgers. Digital curation involves maintaining, preserving, and adding value to digital content throughout its lifecycle. It is a key step in the preservation of digital objects, and the best defense for mitigating digital obsolescence, and analog format decay. In the current academic environment, a significant portion of our scholarly works from decades past faces the danger of becoming inaccessible through physical decay, or format obsolescence. Meanwhile, a majority of the current scholarly content created at Rutgers and peer institutions are “born digital,” having been originated on digital platforms. Both types of items-analog and digital-pose preservation challenges which can be addressed through effective digital curation.
  • International Journal of Digital Curation is an international journal committed to scholarly excellence and dedicated to the advancement of digital curation across a wide range of sectors. The IJDC is published by UKOLN at the University of Bath and is a publication of the Digital Curation Centre. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
  • SCORE Support Centre for Open Resources in Education. SCORE aims to: disseminate skills for populating and maintaining open content sites; build evidence of the impact of open educational resources in higher education support the establishment of a legal framework to address IP/rights management issues; support the creation of common standards for the design of content and sites, facilitating exchange of materials across the sector; deepen sector-wide understanding of the needs and behaviours of users of open content material, and disseminate national and international research findings.