Because good research needs good data

Defining and Implementing Digital Curation Workflows

04 February 2019 |

This workshop will focus on the development and implementation of workflows for digital curation. Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), OSSArcFlow is researching and modeling ways to combine tools into digital curation workflows. Among the benefits of this work is the broadening of understanding of curation approaches within organizations, and developing community-wide views of curation processes. The workshop is intended to be a highly inclusive and interactive event. We will ask participants to submit short (1-2 pages) summaries in advance of some activities or challenges that they would like to present. Such submission will not be required, but it will strongly encouraged. In order to encourage participation from a diverse set of individuals (presenting as many countries and institution types as possible), we will not require participants to submit lengthy formal papers. Instead, we will rely on the designated speakers to provide brief introductory remarks to motivate the main issues and guide the discussions. Participants who submitted summaries will then give short presentations. We, as the facilitators, will then run break-out discussions in order to allow all participants to collectively identify areas of potential alignment or differences that they would like to explore further.


Time Activity

09:00 – 10:30

Introductions and overview

Summary of workflow modeling approaches and findings of the OSSArcFlow project

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee / tea break

11:00 – 12:30

Short talks by individuals who submitted workflow summary documents

Questions and reflection on model and examples


Lunch break

13:30 – 15:30

Small group discussions devoted to planning and strategies around specific aspects of digital curation

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee / tea break


Discussion among all participants about implications for collective action

Recommendations for next steps.


Organisers: Christopher (Cal) Lee, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, US; Peter McKinney National Library of New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand

Costs and Registration


This is part of the excellent programme of workshops at the 14th International Digital Curation Conference.

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