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A Curriculum Framework for Digital Curation

Digital curation has an increasingly important role to play in a range of market sectors, not least of which is the Cultural Heritage sector. Supporting the professional development of digital curators across these sectors is a priority in maintaining the quality of service delivered by organisations that rely on digital curation in its many forms.

The DigCurV Curriculum Framework offers a means to identify, evaluate, and plan training to meet the skill requirements of staff engaged in digital curation, both now and in the future.

Significantly, our framework is rooted in the actual working experience of digital curators 'in the field'. In particular, the DigCurV team has undertaken multi-national research to understand both the skills currently used by those working in digital curation in the Cultural Heritage sector, and the skills sought by employers in this sector.

Focusing on Specific Audiences

The framework defines separate skills lenses to match the specific needs of distinct audiences within digital curation in the shape of Executives, Managers, and Practitioners.

Schematic diagram showing the range of professional skills that are mapped by the different lenses under the DigCurV framework.

Executive Lens

The skills defined under the Executive Lens are the skills that will enable a digital curation professional to maintain a strategic view of digital curation, to understand the emerging challenges in digital curation for the cultural heritage sector, and to make informed funding decisions to meet these challenges.

Manager Lens

The skills defined under the Manager Lens are the skills that will enable a digital curation professional to plan and monitor execution of digital curation projects, to recruit and support project teams, and to liaise with a range of internal and external contacts within the cultural heritage sector.

Practitioner Lens

The skills defined under the Practitioner Lens are the skills that will enable a digital curation professional to plan and execute a variety of technical tasks, both individually and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. This includes understanding diverse issues relating to both digital curation in general, and to their specific area of cultural heritage.

Supporting A Multi-Skilled Profession

At the core of our framework lies the recognition that digital curation is a complex profession. Staff must demonstrate both subject-specific skills and generic professional/project skills. Subject-specific skills include, for example, understanding digital preservation technologies, copyright legislation and metadata standards. Generic professional/project skills include, for example, being able to plan tasks, communicate with diverse groups, and perform risk assessments.

Schematic diagram showing the domains and subdomains of professional skills defined under the DigCurV framework.

To address the full scope of digital curation activities, the DigCurV Curriculum Framework encompasses a wide range of skills. These skills are arranged into a hierarchy of domains and subdomains in order that users may either examine the full scope of digital curation activities, or drill down into the skills associated with specific areas of interest.

To aid navigation across this range of skills, each individual skill in the DigCurV Curriculum Framework is assigned a unique skill identifier.

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