Archive to share expertise in managing and curating digital data

Article dated: 1 February 2011

The UK Data Archive will be exploring opportunities to share its long-standing expertise in curating, managing and preserving digital data to audiences beyond higher education. transferring knowledge

The Archive has been funded to do this by the Knowledge Transfer Innovation Fund (KTIF) at the University of Essex. Recent cuts in the public sector that are affecting data access services and research data management capacity are poised to leave gaps for cost-effective, professional data services. These unfortunate circumstances provide an opportunity for data professionals like the UK Data Archive to work with organisations to both build capacity and offer services in managing and storing research and statistical data.

In particular, this project will investigate providing government and other non-profit organisations with consultancy, support, and training in managing and curating digital research data. It will also explore opportunities to provide data preservation services for non-academic organisations. The focus will be on digital research data rather than digital administrative records.