Research Data Curator: the competencies gap

Anna Maria Tammaro, Seamus Ross, Vittore Casarosa


The increase of digital content in the broad areas of institutional and domain specific Repositories, Libraries, Archives and Museums and the increased interest in the sharing and preservation of "research data" have triggered the emergence of new competencies and skills such as Digital Curation. The paper refers about the ongoing investigation of current data curation education and training programs with regard to competencies gap and the role of information professionals in the research lifecycle. The investigation has been based on a series of workshops and events discussing the concerns of researchers and professors about digital library and digital curation. A first list of competencies and skills at technical and operational level that professionals should have, has been evidenced. The theoretical framework and structure of educational programmes should have sufficient flexibility to accommodate the needs of various groups of specialists.

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