Erway and Lavoie's Economics of Data Integrity Paper Describes Data Curation Sustainability

This paper is included on page 53 of the final report for the NSF Workshop, Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science, that took place 10-11 September 2012. The workshop was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and hosted by UNC School of Information & Library Science.

Some takeaways from the Erway/Lavoie paper include:

  • Allocation of digital preservation resources needs to be ongoing over time.
  • Key tradeoffs are involved in allocating resources to digital preservation that should be recognized upfront.
  • The management of these tradeoffs should be informed by the risks that could potentially impact the preservation process over time.
  • It is unwise to attempt to replicate a broad range of data curation services, infrastructure and expertise at every institution.


For more information:

Ricky Erway
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Brian Lavoie
Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


Related links:

Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science [pdf]
Final Report: Invitational Workshop Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

NSF Workshop Website: Curating for Data Quality

Ricky Erway's Bio Page

Brian Lavoie's Bio Page