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ACRL STS Hot Topics Discussion Group - Annual 2011

Curation Micro-services: Making Data Management Easy

On Sunday, June 26, 2011 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm) (Sher – Borgne), the STS Hot Topics Discussion Group presented a facilitated discussion on the use of micro-services as an approach to digital curation. These micro-services are a set of independent, but interoperable, services that embody curation values and strategies. Since each of the services is small and self-contained, they are collectively easier to develop, deploy, maintain, and enhance.


The California Digital Library (CDL) has a suite of micro-services which can be deployed as centrally managed services or in strategic combinations. With Data Management Planning becoming an increasingly important aspect of digital curation, the tools and approaches that support researchers in this activity take a greater role in research librarians’ portfolios. One of the challenges researchers face is consistently finding, citing, and getting credit for their research datasets. Persistent identifiers offer a solution to this problem, and CDL’s micro-service EZID makes creation and maintenance of long-term identifiers easy.


The Discussion Group session began with a presentation by Joan Starr, the EZID Service Manager and Manager of Strategic and Project Planning at CDL.  Joan has worked extensively with CDL’s University of California Curation Center (UC3).   Her presentation included an overview of data management, and the UC3 micro-services, and provided a special focus on ways that EZID can help to extend historic collection-building activities to datasets, allowing for the preservation of an institution’s research investments.


Joan answered questions and helped lead an interactive discussion of this important topic that could potentially benefit us all in our effort to understand how academic libraries can be instrumental in managing data as an output of research.



The link to Joan's presentation and her contact information  is: 




 Lori Critz & Will Hires (2011 STS Hot Topics Discussion Group, Co-chairs)