What are the benefits of this model?

The Lifecycle model enables the mapping of granular functionality onto a series of practical activities, which allows creators, curators and reusers of data to identify where they themselves fit into the bigger picture.

By applying the lifecycle model to your own working practices you will be able to identify whether additional steps are required, if there are 'missing links' in your data curation processes, whether some steps can be eliminated for your particular working practices, and to define specific roles and responsibilities within your project/institution across the different stages.

By separating discrete stages the model also supports the identification of collaborators in the process of curation (for example, allowing a data creator to work with a repository in order to design the most appropriate metadata for the data objects instead of 'going in blind').

The sequential stages encourage the documentation of processes and policies by and between different stakeholders and also support the building of frameworks of standards and technologies; also identifies needs for particular tools and services to support data curators at every level.