I'm a data archivist - why is the model relevant to me?

The DCC Curation Lifecycle Model supports activities undertaken by data archivists and preservation experts, and was designed in consultation with practitioners and experts at all stages of the curation cycle.

The models shows the logical sequence of receiving, appraising, selecting (or disposing of) data, followed by ingest and subsequent actions such as preservation, storage, access and possibly transformations or reappraisals of the data. 

The model allows curators to identify potential weaknesses in policies or gaps in the archival chain. It also identifies ongoing concerns such as community watch, which could be incorporated into working practice and identifies other stakeholders as sources or users of data, or as people who could pick up the process where your institution's responsibilities end.

Data archiving both preserves and adds value to data. For example

  • Selection decisions affect which data are kept in the long term and therefore which data are accessible to users.
  • Ingest and preservation action can lead to the addition of administrative metadata which describes the curation chain.
  • Data can be transformed into new formats.
  • Data are placed in a wider context in terms of their long-term management through, for example, the addition of annotations or developing relationships with other datasets.