I recommend Joey Comeaux (NCAR), Steven Worley (NCAR), and Cliff Jacobs’ (NSF) presentation entitled Successful Data Curation for Large Data Archives, specifically the discussion about sustainable data curation. Sustainable curation has been on my mind lately, particularly after Amazon’s cloud crash last week. Comeaux et al. identify six requirements for sustainability:
- Stable funding
- Knowledgeable/consistent staffing
- Robust storage
#2-#4 and likely #6 are doable provided #1, stable funding, is available. In order to have stable funding, there must be a consistent commitment to data preservation at institutional and individual levels. As a librarian in this era of morphing collection development policies, I am concerned about insufficient funding levels to maintain growing data collections. #5, partnerships, is key to maximizing resources across institutions.