Through a series of immersive case studies, the DCC SCARP project (2007-2009) identified disciplinary approaches to data deposit, sharing and re-use, curation and preservation, in each case working with research projects over several months.

As well as discovering more about disciplinary differences, we also applied known good practice in curation and drew lessons from engaging with practitioners, identifying and recommending changes to support curation in the disciplines concerned.

The following publications are available:

Disciplinary Approaches to Sharing, Curation, Reuse and Preservation: DCC SCARP Final Report to JISC

4 March 2010 | Liz Lyon, Chris Rusbridge, Colin Neilson, Angus Whyte

SCARP: Data Dimensions: Disciplinary Differences in Research Data Sharing, Reuse and Long term Viability (pdf)

The report by Key Perspectives is one of the final outputs of the DCC SCARP project. The synthesis report (which drew on the SCARP case studies plus a number of others, identified in the Appendix), identifies factors that help understand how curation practices in research groups differ in disciplinary terms. This provides a backdrop to different digital curation approaches.

Curation of Research Data in the Disciplines of Engineering (pdf) 
SCARP Case Study No. 7

20 January 2010 | Alex Ball, Colin Neilson

This case study examines approaches to data deposit, sharing and reuse in engineering research fields within the UK higher education sector. It examines the results of applying a standard audit methodology to the research data found in an engineering research centre at the University of Bath, in the light of previous ethnographic studies and surveys of information use in engineering.

Digital Curation Approaches for Architecture (pdf) 
SCARP Case Study No. 6

30 October 2009 | Colin Neilson

This study highlights choice in how to provide for appropriate care of digital objects, choice in digital curation treatments, as a means of promoting more effective current and future architectural practice and research. The digital assets produced by use of digital tools and from digital methods of working in the teaching, learning, research and practice of Architecture require appropriate curation treatment if the full value of the assets is to be realised.

Roles and Reusability of Video Data in Social Studies of Interaction (pdf)
SCARP Case Study No. 5

18 October 2009 | Angus Whyte

The study reviews the curation landscape in several interdisciplinary fields that use video analysis in studies of human interaction. A 5 page Summary and Conclusions [PDF, 136KB] is also available. The study primarily focuses on uses of video in ethnographic studies and in eye movement research, and is based on interviews and field study.

Curated Databases in the Life Sciences: The Edinburgh Mouse Atlas Project (pdf)
SCARP Case Study No. 4

12 July 2009 | Elizabeth Fairley and Sarah Higgins

This study scopes and assesses the data curation aspects of the Edinburgh Mouse Atlas Project (EMAP), a programme funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The principal goal for EMAP is to develop an expression summary for each gene in the mouse embryo, which collectively has been named the Edinburgh Mouse Atlas Gene-Expression Database (EMAGE).

Clinical Data from Home to Health Centre: the Telehealth Curation Lifecycle (pdf)
SCARP Case Study No. 3

28 June 2009 | Tasneem Irshad, Jenny Ure

This study looks at the data curation lifecycle in Telehealth research. Telehealth, or telecare, is an emerging sub-domain of eHealth, and the report profiles current practices in several telehealth pilot projects. Data curation is at an embryonic stage but can draw on related eHealth initiatives and clinical data management practices, and the report considers the infrastructure needed for data curation in this field of research and practice.

Curating Atmospheric Data for long term use: Infrastructure and Preservation Issues for the Atmospheric Sciences community (pdf)
SCARP Case Study No. 2

1 June 2009 | Esther Conway

This study engaged with a number of archives, including the British Atmospheric Data Centre, the World Data Centre Archive at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT). We developed a preservation analysis methodology capable of identifying and drawing out discipline specific preservation requirements and issues.

We present the methodology along with its application to the Mesospheric Stratospheric Tropospheric (MST) radar dataset, which is currently supported by and accessed through the British Atmospheric Data Centre. We suggest strategies for the long-term preservation of the MST data and make recommendations for the wider community.

Curating Brain Images in a Psychiatric Research Group: Infrastructure and Preservation Issues (pdf)
SCARP Case Study No. 1

14 November 2008 | Angus Whyte

This study involved the Neuroimaging Group in University of Edinburgh's Division of Psychiatry. It combined an assessment of risks to the long-term value of the research group's datasets with field work to understand current data practices in their context. A 5-page Summary and Recommendations [PDF, 170KB] is available.

An annex Neuroimaging Data Landscapes [PDF, 1.23MB] provides background on the development of imaging, the nature of the data collected for neuroimaging studies in psychiatry, data repository and curation resources available, and legal and ethical constraints on data exchange.