Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation

Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation

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The massive increase in digital information in the last decade has created new requirements for institutional and technological structures and workforce skills. Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation focuses on education and training needs to meet the demands for access to and meaningful use of digital information, now and in the future. This study identifies the various practices and spectrum of skill sets that comprise digital curation, looking in particular at human versus automated tasks. Additionally, the report examines the possible career path demands and options for professionals working in digital curation activities, and analyzes the economic benefits and societal importance of digital curation for competitiveness, innovation, and scientific advancement. Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation considers the evolving roles and models of digital curation functions in research organizations, and their effects on employment opportunities and requirements. The recommendations of this report will help to advance digital curation and meet the demand for a trained workforce.Manually mediated curation is labor intensive, sometimes prone to errors or bias, and therefore ultimately expensive. Automation ... automated (e.g., Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe [LOCKSS]3 and Digital Record Object Identification [DROID]4).

Title:Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation
Author:Committee on Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements for Digital Curation, Board on Research Data and Information, Policy and Global Affairs, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2015-04-22


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