Data sets, both large and small, require active, on-going efforts to maintain their integrity as well as their availability. Data curation is the process involved in preserving research data for as long as it remains relevant and needed. There are numerous ways in which this goal can be achieved, but there are some basic principles that exist. These principles are:
- Store and Archive the Data
- Allow for Data Discovery and Retrieval
- Extract and Store Metadata
- Migrate Data to usable Data Formats
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Currently, the NRDC has several services setup to curate the data according to the definition above. We offer several methods of acquiring the data hosted on our servers, we archive and aggregate the data files in meaningful ways according to the needs of the researchers on a given project, and we offer differnet formats for data consumption. As our partnerships expand, so too will our capabilities as we adapt to the needs of individual projects.