Introduction to the notion of sheer curation


Introduction to the notion of sheer curation

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PERICLES, Fabio Corubolo

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Access, use and reuse, Change management planning, Create, Data management planning, Metadata extraction, Share


Christine Sauter




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An introduction to the notion of sheer curation was collated from relevant reading material. It gives background information to the issues addressed by sheer curation and the pros and cons.

Expected learning outcomes

Understanding the notion of sheer curation. A basis for understanding the motivation of tools that support sheer curation.

What is the target audience?

Digital object creators or re-users.

Professionals and prospective professionals in the field of data curation, repository management and digital preservation.

Producers/depositors of digital content.

Researchers exploring solutions for data management and digital preservation. Teachers/trainers in this field.

Solution providers for organisations in demand of solutions for data / repository management and digital preservation

Level of advancement/ prerequisites

Basic understanding of data management workflows.

Material chapters

Why sheer curation?

Current state of the discussion (2014)

When to curate?


Time required for completion

30 min reading

​Supplementary reading

Corubolo, F., Eggers,  A-G., Waddington, S., Hasan, A., Kontopoulos, E., Hedges, M., Darányi, S. (2014). Initial Version of Environment Information Extraction Tools (Deliverable 4.1 of the PERICLES project)

Curry, E., Freitas, A., & O’Riáin, S. (2010). The role of community-driven data curation for enterprises. Linking enterprise data, 25-47

Hedges, M., & Blanke, T. (2013). Digital Libraries for Experimental Data: Capturing Process through Sheer Curation. Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, 108-119. Springer Berlin Heidelberg]

Hedges, M., Blanke, T.,  Fabiane, S., Knight, G., Liao, E. (2012). Sheer Curation of Experiments: Data, Process, Provenance

Lyon, L., Rusbridge, C., Neilson C., Whyte, A. (2009) Disciplinary Approaches to Sharing, Curation, Reuse and Preservation, Digital Curation Centre, UK, available at:

McKemmish, S.(1997). Yesterday, today and tomorrow: a continuum of responsibility. In: Proceedings of the Records Management Association of Australia 14th National Convention, pp. 15-17

Miles, Alistair (2007). Zoological Case Studies in Digital Curation – DCC SCARP / ImageStore

Razum, M., Einwächter, S., Fridman, R., Herrmann, M., Krüger, M., Pohl, N., et al. (2003). Research Data Management in the Lab. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst, 4(1), 1010, and (2012). eSciDoc – Research Data Management

Whyte, A., Job, D., Giles, S., & Lawrie, S. (2008). Meeting curation challenges in a neuroimaging group. International Journal of Digital Curation, 3(1), 171-181

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