September 26, 2016

Guidance Briefs: Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects

These Guidance Briefs have been authored by the ETDplus project team as short (3-4 page) “how-to” oriented briefs that will help ETD/IR programs build and nurture supportive relationships with student researchers.

These briefs are open, editable documents that colleges and universities can use to assist their own student researchers in understanding data and content management techniques early in their careers.

In addition to providing actionable, easy-to-follow advice about how to organize, store, and protect their research files, these Guidance Briefs help students recognize how their own content management practices will impact the credibility, replicability, and long-term accessibility of their findings. This knowledge and skills will impact the health of their careers for years to come.

Anyone can download, edit, and use the Guidance Briefs using the links on this page. A workshop series featuring these Briefs and geared toward student audiences is also available for ETD programs to use. The Guidance Briefs are available as Word documents on the left hand side of this page, and as RTF files linked below.

Data Organization
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These Guidance Briefs have been produced through a project generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by the Educopia Institute, in collaboration with the NDLTD, HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the libraries of Carnegie Mellon, Indiana State, Morehouse, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech.

“Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects” by Educopia Institute and the ETDplus Project Team is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.