Data Curation


Data curation is the active and ongoing management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education. Data curation practices include appraisal and selection, representation and organization of data for access and use over time. Librarians can assist researchers with data curation by maintaining and adding value to research data for current and future use; specifically, working directly with researchers to ensure the active management and appraisal of data over the lifecycle of scholarly and scientific materials. A librarian can take measures to ensure that data is documented, maintained, and available over time by assisting researchers to create and implement a data management plan. This plan also allows provisions for data to be preserved for future use.

Further Resources


Gold A. (2010). Data Curation and Libraries: Short-Term Developments, Long-Term Prospects [Internet](link is external). Library Administration.

Heidorn PB. (2011). The Emerging Role of Libraries in Data Curation and E-science(link is external). Journal of Library Administration, 51(7-8):662–72.

Swan A, Brown S. (2008). The skills, role and career structure of data scientists and curators: an assessment of current practice and future needs(link is external).

Witt M. (2009). Institutional repositories and research data curation in a distributed environment.(link is external) Library Trends, 57(2):191–201.


Abrams, S., Cruse, P., Strasser, C., Willet, P., Boushey, G., Kochi, J., … Rizk-Jackson, A. (2014). DataShare: Empowering Researcher Data Curation(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 9(1), 110–118.

Baker, K. S., Duerr, R. E., & Parsons, M. A. (2015). Scientific Knowledge Mobilization: Co-evolution of Data Products and Designated Communities(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 10(2).

Beagrie, N., & Houghton, J. (2014). The Value and Impact of Data Sharing and Curation A synthesis of three recent studies of UK research(link is external). Bristol and London, UK. 

Broeder, D., & Lannom, L. (2014). Data Type Registries: A Research Data Alliance Working Group(link is external). D-Lib Magazine, 20(1/2).

Cannon, S. (2015). Content Curation for Research: A Framework for Building a “Data Museum(link is external).” International Journal of Digital Curation, 10(2).

Creamer A, Morales M, Crespo J, Kafel D, Martin E. (2011). Data Curation and Management Competencies of New England Region Health Sciences and Science and Technology Librarians(link is external). University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium 2011.

Creamer A, Morales M, Kafel D, Crespo J, Martin E. (2012). An Assessment of Needed Competencies to Promote the Data Curation and Management Librarianship of Health Sciences and Science and Technology Librarians in New England(link is external). Journal of eScience Librarianship, 1(1):18–26.

Doty, J., Herndon, J., Lyle, J., & Stephenson, L. (2014). Learning to Curate(link is external). Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 40(6), 31–34.

Hendren, C. O., Powers, C. M., Hoover, M. D., & Harper, S. L. (2015). The Nanomaterial Data Curation Initiative: A collaborative approach to assessing, evaluating, and advancing the state of the field(link is external). Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 6, 1752–1762.

Johnston, L. (2014). A Workflow Model for Curating Research Data in the University of Minnesota Libraries : Report from the 2013 Data Curation Pilot(link is external), 1–87.

Lage K, Losoff B, Maness J. (2011). Receptivity to Library Involvement in Scientific Data Curation: A Case Study at the University of Colorado Boulder(link is external). Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 11(4):915–37.

Laughton, P., & Plessis, T. du. (2013). Data Curation in the World Data System: Proposed Framework(link is external). Data Science Journal, 12, 56–70.

Lötter, L., & Zyl, C. van. (2015). A Reflection on a Data Curation Journey(link is external). Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 10(3), 338–343.

Mayernik, M. S., DiLauro, T., Duerr, R., Metsger, E., Thessen, A. E., & Choudhury, G. S. (2013). Data Conservancy Provenance, Context, and Lineage Services: Key Components for Data Preservation and Curation(link is external). Data Science Journal, 12, 158–171.

Minor, D., Critchlow, M., Hutt, A., Fleming, D., Bergstrom, M. L., & Sutton, D. (2014). Research Data Curation Pilots: Lessons Learned(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 9(1).

Monastersky, R. (2013). Publishing frontiers: The library reboot(link is external). Nature, 495(7442), 430–432.

Noonan, D., & Chute, T. (2014). Data Curation and the University Archives(link is external). The American Archivist, 77(1), 201–240.

Oostdijk, N., Van den Heuvel, H., & Treurniet, M. (2013). The CLARIN-NL Data Curation Service: Bringing Data to the Foreground(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 8(2), 134–145.

Palmer, C. L., Weber, N. M., Muñoz, T., & Renear, A. H. (2013). Foundations of Data Curation: The Pedagogy and Practice of “Purposeful Work” with Research Data(link is external). Archive Journal, 3. Retrieved from

Pejša, S., Dyke, S. J., & Hacker, T. J. (2014). Building Infrastructure for Preservation and Publication of Earthquake Engineering Research Data(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 9(2).

Schirrwagen, J., Manghi, P., Manola, N., Bolikowski, L., Rettberg, N., & Schmidt, B. (2013). Data Curation in the OpenAIRE Scholarly Communication Infrastructure(link is external). Information Standards Quarterly, 25(3), 13–19.

Walters TO. (2009). Data curation program development in U.S. universities: The Georgia Institute of Technology example(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 4(3):83–92.

Witt M, Carlson J, Brandt DS, Cragin MH. (2009). Constructing Data Curation Profiles(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 4(3):93–103.

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