Digital Curation: an example

I have used digital curation on projects but not to the degree Ungerer demonstrates. Here’s an example:

The Canadian Human Rights Toolkit is a database of resources for K-12 teachers submitted by teachers. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) curated the original submissions which they researched and evaluated and built the original database.

I provided further curation by evaluating whether the resources were accurate, appropriate, had curriculum linkages, linked to the resource (some were broken, others had inaccurate links), I provided further curation by identifying more resources that linked to the central themes, French and bilingual resources, media type, declarations and charters, curriculum linkages for grades 1-12, all provinces and territories, all subject areas and learner communities (i.e. English, French, Inuit, First Nations, etc).

I worked with a writer, an editor and translator to refine the resource summaries. I worked with a librarian to define and apply meta-data (terms, keywords, tags) to the resource. He used a Human Rights lexicon and I provided the educational terms and curriculum links. I worked with a developer to develop the filters and refine the search engine using meta data.

Sadly, CTF and CMHR have not added any resources since launch.

References:

Canadian Human Rights Museum (2014). Retrieved from: https://humanrights.ca/search/site/ctfdb

Ungerer, L. M. (2016). Digital curation as a core competency in current learning and literacy: A higher education perspective. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(5). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v17i5.2566

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About jhounslow

Soccer enthusiast, cyclist, web developer, e-learning professional, educator, husband to a graduate student, and father of four daughters.
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