The DCC SCARP project investigated attitudes and approaches to data deposit, sharing and reuse, curation and preservation over a range of research fields in differing disciplines. The aim was to investigate research practitioners' perspectives and practices in caring for their research data, and the methods and tools they use to that end.

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

Authors: Liz Lyon (DCC/UKOLN), Chris Rusbridge (Chris Rusbridge Consulting), Colin Neilson, Angus Whyte (DCC)

Published: 4 March 2010

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SCARP Case Study No. 7: Curation of Research Data in the Disciplines of Engineering

Authors: Alex Ball (DCC/UKOLN), Colin Neilson

Published: 18 January 2010

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.

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SCARP Case Study No. 6: Digital Curation approaches for Architecture

Author: Colin Neilson

Published: 5 November 2009

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.

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

Author: Angus Whyte (DCC)

Published: 19 October 2009

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.

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

Author: Elizabeth Fairley (EFB Services)

Published: 12 July 2009 

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).

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

Authors: Tasneem Irshad (Centre for Population Health Sciences), Jenny Ure (Partner at Sociotechnics and Cluster2Cluster)

Published: 28 June 2009  

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.

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

Author: Esther Conway (STFC)

Published: 1 June 2009 

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.

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

Author:  Angus Whyte (DCC)

Published: 14 November 2008 

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.

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