Saturday, October 08, 2016

Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects

Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects. Katherine Skinner, Sam Meister. ETDplus project, Educopia Institute. October 7, 2016.
     The ETDplus project is funded by IMLS and led by the Educopia Institute, in collaboration with many others.  The project helps ensure the longevity and availability of ETD research data and complex digital objects (e.g., software, multimedia files) that are part of student theses and dissertations. The project has just published a set of six Guidance Briefs to help students understand how to prepare, manage, and store the research files associated with their ETDs.

The Guidance Briefs are short “how-to” oriented briefs "designed to help ETD programs build and nurture supportive relationships with student researchers. These briefs are written for a student audience. They are designed to assist student researchers in understanding how their approaches to data and content management impact credibility, replicable research, and general long-term accessibility: knowledge and skills that will impact the health of their careers for years to come."

The Guidance Briefs can be downloaded at the site, and cover the following topics:
1. Copyright
2. Data Structures
3. File Formats
4. Metadata
5. Storage
6. Version Control

Institutions can use the guides as fits their local audiences. Each Brief includes information about the  topic and a “Local Practices” section where an institutions can highlight their own activities.

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