Data Curation is a catchall term for the many aspects of maintaining research data before and after it is created. Libraries are supporting and partnering with researchers for data curation in the following ways:
Managing data by controlling, protecting, delivering and enhancing it through policies, programs, plans and practices.
Preparing your data to be shared and archived by developing documentation and metadata.
Sharing data by promoting open access data sets for reuse and managing its accessibility.
Collaborating with you to explore innovative new ways of sharing your data.
More and more libraries are providing data support services to the research community of their institutions. We have highlighted a few examples of the services being offered. For a more comprehensive look at academic libraries offering data support, please see the August 2010 report E-Science and Data Support Services: A Study of ARL Member Institutions. A more recent report from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a branch of the American Library Association (ALA), may also be useful: Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future (2012).
The Boston College Libraries are collaborating with offices across campus--such as the Office for Research Compliance and the Research Services Office of ITS--in order to bring you the best possible services and support for your research data needs. If you wish to set up a consultation to discuss data management, please contact your subject specialist.
Along with Boston College, several university libraries have developed or sponsored courses, tutorials, and research guides about data management.