Reviewed Tools and Services Catalogue

1 May, 2012
Elizabeth Bedford

The digital curation community has been prolific in creating tools and services to address the myriad challenges facing data creators and curators, but it can be difficult to wade through the wealth of options to find the solution that best fits your need.

The DCC has created a Tools and Services Catalogue to help navigate this landscape, focusing on software and services that directly perform curation and management tasks.

The Catalogue is currently populated with nearly 60 entries, each of which has both an in-depth description and a summary table to let you weigh a tool’s costs and benefits against others that perform similar functions. 

While most of the focus is on free or open source resources, we also include subscription services for those needing to outsource their provision. The Catalogue will be regularly updated and expanded, so if we’ve left off your favourite tool, let us know!

We have split these resources into five major categories, based on the intended user and the stage of the data lifecycle in which it will be most useful:

For researchers and other data producers, the Managing Active Research Data section highlights resources to use right from the planning stage of the project, focusing on issues such as storage, workflows, assigning IDs, and data management planning. Sharing Output and Tracking Impact showcases new tools and services that help researchers discover new resources, make connections in their field, and track their work's impact beyond traditional citation metrics.

For data librarians and curators, the category Depositing and Ingesting Digital Objects looks at tools and services that help smoothly incorporate new content into a digital repository, from collection-building through data transfer and the accessioning process. Archiving and Preserving Information Packages takes on the archival stage of the digital lifecycle, with tools that focus on the technical issues that arise in carrying out responsible archiving and preservation strategies and in providing access to their designated communities. Finally, Managing and Administering Repositories offers resources to help address a digital repository’s organisational and financial health, used to assess the current status, to create strategies and plans for the future, and to document the policies and agreements that will ensure that they can be carried out.

If you'd like to add information on tools and resources that you have developed, please get in touch with us. We'd also be interested in hearing about your own experiences in making use of any data management and curation tools and services.