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Digital curation: the development of a discipline within information science

Digital curation: the development of a discipline within information science Digital curation addresses the technical, administrative and financial ecology required to ensure that digital information remains accessible and usable over the long term. The purpose of this paper is to trace digital curation’s disciplinary emergence and examine its position within the information sciences domain in terms of theoretical principles, using a case study of developments in the UK and the USA.Design/methodology/approachTheoretical principles regarding disciplinary development and the identity of information science as a discipline are applied to a case study of the development of digital curation in the UK and the USA to identify the maturity of digital curation and its position in the information science gamut.FindingsDigital curation is identified as a mature discipline which is a sub-meta-discipline of information science. As such digital curation has reach across all disciplines and sub-disciplines of information science and has the potential to become the overarching paradigm.Practical implicationsThese findings could influence digital curation’s development from applied discipline to profession within both its educational and professional domains.Originality/valueThe disciplinary development of digital curation within dominant theoretical models has not hitherto been articulated. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Documentation Emerald Publishing

Digital curation: the development of a discipline within information science

Journal of Documentation , Volume 74 (6): 21 – Aug 24, 2018

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0022-0418
DOI
10.1108/jd-02-2018-0024
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Abstract

Digital curation addresses the technical, administrative and financial ecology required to ensure that digital information remains accessible and usable over the long term. The purpose of this paper is to trace digital curation’s disciplinary emergence and examine its position within the information sciences domain in terms of theoretical principles, using a case study of developments in the UK and the USA.Design/methodology/approachTheoretical principles regarding disciplinary development and the identity of information science as a discipline are applied to a case study of the development of digital curation in the UK and the USA to identify the maturity of digital curation and its position in the information science gamut.FindingsDigital curation is identified as a mature discipline which is a sub-meta-discipline of information science. As such digital curation has reach across all disciplines and sub-disciplines of information science and has the potential to become the overarching paradigm.Practical implicationsThese findings could influence digital curation’s development from applied discipline to profession within both its educational and professional domains.Originality/valueThe disciplinary development of digital curation within dominant theoretical models has not hitherto been articulated.

Journal

Journal of DocumentationEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 24, 2018

Keywords: Development; History; Models; Education; Professional associations; Digital curation

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