DCC SCARP project : Final Report

18 janvier 2010

Publié le 24 août 2011, par Thérèse Hameau

The DCC SCARP project investigated attitudes and approaches to data deposit, sharing and reuse, curation and preservation over a range of research fields in differing disciplines. The aim was to investigate research practitioners’ perspectives and practices in caring for their research data, and the methods and tools they use to that end. Objectives included identification and promotion of ‘good practice’ in the selected research domains, as expressed in DCC tools and resources such as the Curation Lifecycle Model.


The SCARP synthesis report, carried out by Key Perspectives for the project, identifies factors which help understand how curation practices in research groups differ in disciplinary terms. This provides a backdrop to different digital curation approaches. However the case studies illustrate that the discipline is too broad a level to understand data curation practices or requirements. The diversity of data types, working methods, curation practices and content skills found even within specialised domains means that requirements should be defined at this or even a finer-grained level, such as the research group.


The synthesis study commissioned by the Digital Curation Centre from Key Perspectives Limited is a comparative review based on sixteen case studies (include the SCARP case studies) covering the areas of data sharing, data discovery, access and reuse, long term care and preservation of data. The synthesis study report Key Perspectives (2009) “Data dimensions : disciplinary differences in research data sharing, reuse and long term viability” is available on the DCC web site.

Disciplinary Approaches to Sharing, Curation, Reuse and Preservation