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Digitial Initiatives: Digital Curation

What is digital curation?

"Digital curation involves maintaing, preserving and adding value to digital research data through its lifecycle."

Digital Curation Center. What is digital curation? Retrieved from

Why digital curation?

"Digital curation is a more inclusive concept than either digital archiving or digital preservation. It addresses the whole range of processes applied to digital objects over their lifecycle. Digital curation begins before digital objects are created by setting standards for planning data collection that results in curation-ready" digital objects that are in the best possible condition to ensure they can be maintained and used in the future." (Harvey, 2010, p. 7)

DCC Curation Lifecycle Model

Digital Curation Center

* Digital Curation Center.  The DCC Curation Lifecycle Model [PDF document]. Retrieved from


Harvey, R. (2010). Digital curation: A how-to-do-it manual for librarians. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.