Curation is the act of managing digital items held within an archive over the long term. It is an active process, implying action on the part of the curators so that items remain secure, discoverable and accessible. ‘Digital curation involves maintaining, preserving and adding value’ to archived items ‘throughout their lifecycle. The active management of [digital] research data reduces threats to their long-term research value and mitigates the risk of digital obsolescence.’
Curation includes: selection, appraisal, preservation, disposal and transformation for example, migration to an updated format.
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