Essential maintenance to our systems is planned for the morning of 19th December 2017. Users are likely to experience disruption to online services during this period.

The UK Data Archive offices are closed from 12.30 GMT Friday 22 December 2017 and will re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Online services will run unattended during this period. Season's Greetings to all our users.

HOW WE CURATE DATA

ARCHIVE TRAINING MANUAL

OVERVIEW

The Archive has over 40 years experience in selecting, ingesting, curating and providing access to data. This manual was created to share some of that experience with new archives and data services, summarising the core processes and documentation that underpin a trusted digital repository.

  • An introduction to the format of the manual, and useful background information on the UK Data Archive

    VIEW MORE IN THE INTRODUCTION

  • There are a number of key staffing roles within a digital repository. This section outlines a template management structure and summarises staff roles and responsibilities

    VIEW MORE ON Staffing and Management

  • 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

    VIEW MORE ON Pre-Ingest

  • Activities during ingest ensure that data are made ready for long-term preservation and that a high quality data package can be served to users

    VIEW MORE ON Ingest

  • Access services deal with provision and dissemination of data packages to users, including the handling of authentication and authorisation

    VIEW MORE ON Access

  • User support activities involve a two-way flow between end users and the access function. They include both reactive and proactive tasks, including training

    VIEW MORE ON User Support

  • Technical activities relate to every aspect of the archival process, including digital preservation, metadata profiles implemented, information security and front-end user services

    VIEW MORE ON Technical Services

  • Data services demonstrate the impact of their work through clear communication and public engagement

    VIEW MORE ON Communications and Publicity

  • Data archives use a variety of internationally recognised standards, many of which are community-driven

    View more on Standards and tools

 


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