How can the DCC help researchers and Principle Investigators?

Funding bodies and institutions now expect all researchers, and especially Principal Investigators (PIs), to take a more active role in curation. DCC helps you understand what digital curation means, as well as 'Who does what' - the roles involved in curation. We can direct you to the data policies relevant to you, and guide you through a data management plan for your project.

Whether or not your role already focuses on data management, DCC's briefings and how-to guides will add to your understanding of the curation lifecycle, and what you can gain from safeguarding your research assets for future reuse.

We also help you find training courses to build your skills, offer our own Curation 101 introductory courses, as well as roadshow events to help you connect with others in your area doing digital research or supporting it.

Practical curation involves dealing with data risks, and identifying opportunities to benefit from their better management. This is tackled in the Data Asset Framework (DAF). Our Projects pages and Catalogue of Tools will help you find and assess tools that can help you exploit data further, or recommend resources to others. You can also catch up with new resources and developments in our news and blog pages.

Researchers are increasingly seeing an impact from sharing research more openly, and face increased demand for open access to research material. Our open science case studies profile experiences in various fields.

Your institution may offer detailed support for your data management needs. To help you get started we can point you to examples from UK institutions on data storage, backup and security. You can also benefit from our guide on how to licence research data, plus briefings on Freedom of Information (FOI) and other legal aspects of curation.

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