I have not written much in this blog about Digital Curation Centre products, but I think it’s time to remedy that, and mention some of them. In particular, I wanted to mention the DCC Curation Lifecycle model, which is attracting widespread interest. Primarily put together by Sarah Higgins with input from colleagues across the DCC and external experts, like all such models it is of course a compromise between succinctness and completeness. Sarah has run a couple of workshops on it, including one in the US at JCDL 08 in Pittsburgh, and the response was extremely positive.
I hope to mention later how we will be using it to structure information on standards, and we are expecting to use it as an entry point to the DCC web site and the DCC DIFFUSE Standards Frameworks Project. In addition, I learned only recently that the more detailed proposals for the UK Research Data Service (which went to their Steering Committee a week or so back) lean heavily on the model (not apparent from their interim report). It is also used to explain the roles of data managers and data scientists in the JISC report “Skills, Role & Career Structure of Data Scientists & Curators: Assessment of Current Practice & Future Needs” by Alma Swan and Sheridan Brown.
Here is the graphic summary of the model:
I won’t attempt here to explain it in detail, as there’s sufficient additional information on the DCC web site and the longer IJDC article about the model.