This site is an online community for people involved in digital curation, whether they are students, teachers, researchers, or practitioners. It provides a forum for people to share questions and answers, examples of best practice, ideas, jobs, events, tools, and resources for all aspects of digital curation.
If you are a digital curation student, teacher, researcher, or practitioner, then you can join! Just click on the "Create new account" button on the left side of the page.
Start by clicking on the "Create new account" button on the left side of the page. Then use the form to choose a username, join existing groups, and add a little bit about yourself, including a photo, if you want.
Once you are a member, you can connect with your peers in the digital curation community. You can add your own information and see and make comments on information that others have shared. You can post a job, look at job postings, share or find an event, and see what resources other people have recommended. You can even get help with a pressing question, or make someone's day by answering one of their questions.
The best way to connect with other DCE members is to post new information and comment on existing information, especially in the Q&A section.
That depends on the type of post. If you want to post an event, job, or resource to be seen by everyone on the site, you can use the links at the top of the page. If you want it to appear to a specific group, click on the "My groups" button at the top of the page, then click on the appropriate group. From there, you can use the "Group details" box on the left to add a blog entry or group wiki page.
We ask that posts have some relevance to the topic of digital curation. You have control over what you post to the site, and we encourage free and creative exchange of ideas. The web team does sometimes flag and remove posts that we deem to be undermining the purposes of the site, including blatantly off-topic and/or automatically generated promotional content (spam), and hateful, mean-spirited or offensive posts. Borderline cases will be reviewed and the poster will be contacted and asked to remove or edit the post.
The DCE covers a wide range of digital curation issues and audiences, so we have come up with four focuses to help members find the content that is most suited to them. The focuses cover learning, practice, research, and teaching. When you create a post, you will be prompted to choose one or more of these focuses. Most of the content on the site is tagged, so you can click on the name of a focus in the main menu to see all the content associated with it.
The resources section includes audio and video, reports, syllabi, presentations, information about hardware and software, etc, that have some relevance to digital curation. This is the place to share “stuff” that is useful for practicing, teaching, learning, and researching digital curation. These are resources that DCE members have found useful enough to share with colleagues. Do you have a favorite resource that isn't included yet? Then add it and tag it with a focus!
Groups allow members to set up designated areas of the site for specific topics, purposes or types of activities. You can join any open group or create your own group. Once you've joined an existing group or created a brand new one, you can post blog or “group wiki” entries to share information or questions with the members of that group. Other members can then add their own blog entries or comment on your entry to keep the conversation going.
Some of the groups on the DCE are considered “private,” which means that only members of the group can view the posts created there. If you would like to create a private group, just select "moderated," "invite only," or "closed" to select how members will be added to your private group when you create your new group.
A blog entry in a group allows you to share information in a post that is only editable by you. A “group wiki” post is editable by anyone who is in the group. This is a great way to work on a document together. At this time, there is no edit tracking, so you may want to ask that members who edit group pages make note of their changes.
Only accounts that are obviously created for the purpose of spamming will be deleted. If there is spamming within the account information itself, or if the account is associated with only spam posts, it will be deleted. If the account holder has made legitimate posts, but has also been associated with spam posts, the spam posts will be removed and the user will be contacted.
If you have a question about the site, or if you find any problematic content, you can contact the web team using the contact form. There is a link under "About" at the top of the page.