Curation of digital assets remains a central challenge of the early 21st century. Many information practitioners, regardless of job title, are conducting digital curation activities in a wide range of repositories and institutions today. Examples of these activities include creation of high-quality digital surrogates and originals; selection and acquisition of existing digital assets; creation of metadata for discovery, management, interoperability and preservation; managing intellectual property and other rights to access and use digital collections; file format identification and management; managing archival storage environments; and migration of content over time. Often these are new tasks and processes for which institutions and current staff members have little training or experience. There is a need to identify specific tasks and develop clear and understandable guides to good practice for information professionals working in libraries, archives, museums and other information centers and repositories. This project proposes to create such guides along with other tools to support the cultural heritage repository community, and especially staff in small- to medium-sized institutions in the US and UK, through researched, realistic, practical, and accessible guidance and advice.
The Closing the Digital Curation Gap (CDCG) collaboration is designed to serve as a locus of interaction between those doing leading edge digital curation research, development, teaching, and training in academic and practitioner communities those with a professional interest in applying viable innovations within particular organizational contexts; IMLS; JISC; the DCC, charged with disseminating such innovation and best practices; and the SCA, charged to build a common information environment where users of publicly funded e-Content can realize best value by reducing the barriers that inhibit access, use and re-use of online content.
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