User Engagement in Research Data Curation

Luis Martinez-Uribe, Stuart Macdonald

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In recent years information systems such as digital repositories, built to support research practice, have struggled to encourage participation partly due to inadequate analysis of the requirements of the user communities. This paper argues that engagement of users in research data curation through an understanding of their processes, constraints and culture is a key component in the development of the data repositories that will ultimately serve them. In order to maximize the effectiveness of such technologies curation activities need to start early in the research lifecycle and therefore strong links with researchers are necessary. Moreover, this paper promotes the adoption of a pragmatic approach with the result that the use of open data as a mechanism to engage researchers may not be appropriate for all disciplinary research environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries
Subtitle of host publication13th European Conference, ECDL 2009, Corfu, Greece, September 27 - October 2, 2009. Proceedings
EditorsMaristella Agosti, José Borbinha, Sarantos Kapidakis, Christos Papatheodorou, Giannis Tsakonas
PublisherSpringer-Verlag GmbH
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-04346-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-04345-1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event13th European Conference on Digital Libraries - Corfu Holiday Palace, Corfu, Greece
Duration: 27 Sep 20092 Oct 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference13th European Conference on Digital Libraries


  • digital curation
  • research data management
  • open data
  • digital repository services
  • user engagement

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