May 26, 2022

ARL Releases “Data Curation” SPEC Kit 354

From the Association of Research Libraries:

2017-05-12_11-57-45The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Data Curation, SPEC Kit 354, an exploration of the infrastructure that ARL member institutions are using for the active and ongoing management of data through its life cycle of interest and usefulness to scholarly and educational activities.

This SPEC Kit covers which data curation services are offered, who may use them, which disciplines use services most, library staffing levels, policies and workflows, and the challenges of supporting these activities.


SPEC Kit 354 Includes the Following Sections:

  • Survey Results
  • Representative Documents
  • Data Repositories
  • Data Curation Services
  • Data Curation Infrastructure
  • Data Curation Workflows
  • Digital Research Materials Repository Curation Workflow
  • Data Models and Metadata Schemas
  • Data Deaccessioning Policies
  • Selected Resources


Cynthia Hudson-Vitale
Washington University in St. Louis Libraries

Heidi Imker
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lisa R. Johnston
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Libraries

Jake Carlson
University of Michigan Library

Wendy Kozlowski
Cornell University

Robert Olendorf
Pennsylvania State University

Claire Stewart
University of Minnesota


Direct to Full Text: Data Curation SPEC Kit 354
143 pages; PDF.

SPEC Kit 354 can also be read online and/or downloaded by chapter.

Other SPEC Kits from 2006 to the present are available to read online/download (free). Print editions of this and other SPEC Kits are also available for sale.

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