How can I use the model in practice?

  • Identify the ongoing, sequential or occasional activities you are currently undertaking. Examine how these stages interact with other stages and stakeholders. Which other steps are you engaged with indirectly (for example, do you use data provided by a digital repository)?
  • Identify your needs in terms of data curation. Which steps are problematic or inefficient (for example, do you have any problems describing or retrieving data)? Does the curation cycle break at any point risking your data, perhaps due to gaps in provision at your institution? Are there any problems in your interactions with other stakeholders who form part of the chain?
  • Work with the DCC to establish whether there are any existing tools or services which you could use to improve the quality and efficiency of your curation activities. Look at your institutional policies for data curation — can they be improved? Even if you don't think of yourself as a curator, your requirements can help to shape policy.
  • Work locally and with the DCC to identify collaborators who could potentially provide the services that are outside your remit/expertise.