HOW WE CURATE DATA
ARCHIVE TRAINING MANUAL
PRE-INGEST / OVERVIEW
Pre-Ingest activities include negotiation of data acquisitions, checking rights and access criteria, licencing, and data submission. This area also includes activities involving data producer support and training.
While Pre-Ingest is not a function in the standard OAIS model, activities in this area can form a significant part of a data service's role. Dealing with all aspects of an archives activities prior to the beginning of Ingest (i.e. before any processing occurs), much of the Pre-Ingest stage revolves around negotiation with the data producers and/or depositors.
A sub-set of the activities within Pre-Ingest are not related to acquisitions, and fall under the Producer Support label. Activities in this area involve engagement with active researchers and other data producers (or creators), prior to the completion of research. These will not be areas that all data services are active in, but can be significant where an institution negotiates with research data producers or has a national advisory capacity.
'How to set up an run a data service' workshop presentations
Skills for pre-ingest staff
The following may be viewed as important skills for Producer Support and Collections Development staff. They need experience of:
- research data management
- using archives or knowledge of archiving procedures
- undertaking research and data analysis in the social sciences, both quantitative and qualitative
- rights management and legal issues relating to data and sharing
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