Eszterházy Károly University, Jászberény, Hungary
Objective and Methods
This paper, based on desk research focuses on theoretical considerations and practical experiences related to data curation, affiliated to research data management (RDM), offered to scholars, involved in data-intensive research.
The growing presence of the data-intensive research, often named Research 2.0 may be associated with the digital revolution. It influences the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Without easy access to a wealth of information and data, enabled by a well-developed information infrastructure, many facets of openness would not exist. Neither would the digital humanities, which deserve special attention from academic libraries, flourish.
Data curation is part of Research 2.0, but the opinions on its nature diverge. It is often seen as identical with managing and preserving digital material, while it also could be taken to subsume all documents in any format. When clearing the concept’s meaning, we have to consider the concept of digital literacy as it was used by Gilster (1999), not forgetting about debates around the relationship between data and information, the new definition of information literacy that counts with convergences between varied literacies of the information age. Academic libraries provide a wide array of informational RDM services. Curation is much closer to technological services of preparing data sets for deposit into, and deaccessioning them from depositories.
Libraries need to shift their strategic emphasis from collections to services, because Research 2.0 depends not only on researchers’ efforts, but also on supporting services provided by academic libraries, including a broad range of data curation activities, linked to RDM and giving attention to a new comprehensive view of information literacy.
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Keywords: Data curation, Digital curation, Information literacy, Digital humanities, Research data management