Developed by Purdue University Libraries, a Data Curation Profile is an outline of the “story” of a dataset or collection, describing its origin and lifecycle within a research project. The Profile and its associated Toolkit are both a tool (interview instrument and template for conducting a very thorough data interview that becomes the profile as the template is filled in) and its own collection of records.
Completed data curation profiles can be searched to provide research data management reference assistance to librarians or researchers looking for information or prescriptive steps on managing and curating data practices in a specific discipline/research methodology by reading the data curation profiles in that discipline or using that methodology and seeing what others have done.
Data Curation Profiles can help librarians:
- provide a guide for discussing data with researchers
- give insight into areas of attention in data management
- help assess information needs related to data collections
- give insight into differences between data in various disciplines
- help identify possible data services
- create a starting point for curating a dataset for archiving and preservation