September 2015

Data curation at NISR

The word curation comes from the Latin word curare, meaning - to take care. Stretching the traditional meaning and juxtaposing it with data life-cycle, ‘data curation’ as a process means, at least four things. It means to identify data (required to be curated). It means to preserve data. It means to provide context to data. And it means to make data easily discoverable and accessible.

But it's more than that. Before the arrival of the internet, data curation was mostly confined to the limits of physical location and analog medium. But now, with the internet, both the medium and distribution has changed. Hence, data curation is also, to ensure ‘user interactions’ - with the online outlet channels - an extraordinary experience.

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