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Digital curation cannot be the responsibility of a solitary individual, no matter how skilled a digital curator he or she may be.
For one thing, a considerable investment of time is required to implement digital curation best practice. For another, many of the decisions made at the point of creation and at various other stages of the data lifecycle impact on the long-term usability of digital objects.
So it’s vital that everyone who deals with research data understands their various roles and responsibilities in regard to digital curation and data preservation.
Institutional Infrastructures for Digital Curation A great many institutions are already aware that digital curation is something that they ought to be taking more seriously, and that investment now is likely to avoid problems in the future.
But uncertainty remains around the practical steps that can and should be taken – and by whom – to achieve effective digital curation.
To help alleviate the confusion, the DCC has produced an overview of the roles and responsibilities involved in digital curation and the systems that must be in place to facilitate its success.
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