The UC San Diego Library offers a suite of data curation services, including, among others:
- Assistance creating a Data Management Plan (required by many grant proposals)
- Consultation on proper metadata tagging and preparing data to be shared
- Obtaining permanent identifiers for data
- Data sharing and discovery through the UC San Diego Library Digital Collections
- Long-term, secure preservation of archival data
The Library's Research Data Curation program is the place to start for information on these services:
Effective data management planning promotes successful data collection, use, and sharing, and helps to increase research impact and visibility. This saves you time, effort and resources throughout the research data lifecycle.
Data documentation and sharing greatly increase the longevity and impact of your research, by making it easier for the wider community to discover and use your data.
Digital preservation is a general term for a set of services with one goal: keeping your data safe so that it can be accessed in the future. Beyond the life of a grant or a research project, you need to ensure that your data is available for future generations. Ironically, digital data is significantly more transient than traditional information sources such as books, photos, which can easily survive for years, decades or even centuries. Without active management, data decay and disappear at an alarming rate.
The UC San Diego Library Digital Collections consists of documents, images, video and audio recordings, and research datasets made available to support scholarship, teaching, and learning. Content has been drawn from primary source materials from across the Library's collections, as well as data generated by campus researchers.
Over the years, the Library has built notable collections to support UC San Diego's unique areas of research emphasis, including Melanesian and Pacific Island Studies and Oceanography.
Contact the Library's Research Data Curation program to learn how your data can become a part of the UC San Diego Library Digital Collections.