What is CURATE(D) Training?

Data curation is the encompassing work and actions taken by researchers and curators of a research data repository or data archive in order to provide meaningful and enduring access to research data. Within the Data Curation Network we’ve identified over 50 data curation activities that may be performed by researchers or curators to make data more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR).

The goal of the CURATE(D) Training is to offer an introduction to applied data curation. This training is designed for those completely new to data curation, those hoping to refresh their data curation skills, or those looking to apply data curation knowledge to the management of their own research data. This training and associated CURATE(D) model are teaching and research tools that are presented and best understood sequentially.

These modules were developed as part of the Specialized Data Curation Training program funded by IMLS ##RE-85-18-004018.

CURATE(D) Training Modules Overview

Through completion of the CURATE(D) Training, you will learn how to:

C: Check Your Data Take an inventory of the contents that have been submitted by the depositor.
U: Understand Your Data Dive deeper into the items submitted for curation to determine whether they form a cohesive package that would allow future reuse and understandability.
R: Request Missing Information Communicate with the depositor to address the gaps you have identified through checking and understanding the data.
A: Augment the Data Deposit Enhance the data deposit through changes to machine-readable metadata, README files, or other documentation based on information gathered through understanding the data as well as received through communication with the depositor.
T: Transform File Formats Convert data formats to increase accessibility, interoperability, or the likelihood of long-term preservation.
E: Evaluate the Overall Data Package Evaluate the results of the curation process, assessing the impact of data curation on the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability of the deposit.
D: Document for Curation Develop documentation for the curation actions taken to the deposit.