Scientific Data Curation at U.Porto

Welcome to the Scientific Data Curation at U.Porto project homepage.

This was an experiment developed at U.Porto, which aimed to identify the scientific data curation needs at the university and the main problems in establishing a multi-disciplinary data curation platform.

U.Porto already offers a shared publications repository platform. The Open Repository of U.Porto is designed for depositing and disseminating the scientific production of the academic community.

U.Porto has participated in a state-of-art study in the context of the RCAAP. This study provides some insight on current data curation-related projects.

This project has been referenced at U.Porto's TIC Portal.

In June 2011 a presentation at IASSIST by Cristina Ribeiro and Eugénia Matos Fernandes, “Data Curation at U.Porto: Identifying current practices across disciplinary domains”, has referenced the project setup plan.

U.Porto has created an informative video presenting the institutional framework for the data repository. It includes three demonstration videos which highlight the curation process, data exploration and dataset search in the experimental repository. These videos are also shown in the Demonstration Videos section.

About the project


  • Gather & Catalogue Datasets
  • Determine & Specify Use Cases
  • Build Prototype Repository Platform
  • Represent Datasets in the developed Platform

Publications on Data Curation

The following is a set of basic references on data curation, grouped by their parent subjects.

Title Subject Author Year
The Data Curation Continuum Data Curation Challenges A. Treolar, D. Groenewegen et al. 2007
Data Asset Framework Methodology Guidelines & Policies Jones, Ross et al. 2009
Scientific Data Application Profile Scoping Study Report Repository Data Models & Metadata Profiles Alexander Ball 2009
The Conundrum of Sharing Research Data Overview on the issues related to sharing research data Christine L. Borgman 2011
Os Repositórios da Dados Científicos: Estado da Arte (in Portuguese) SOTA on Scientific Data Repositories for RCAAP Cristina Ribeiro, Eloy Rodrigues et al. 2010
DSpace Documentation (1.7)DSpace System Documentation Tim Donohue 2010

For the full list of references, please refer to the References page.

A short analysis on this subject is displayed in the About Data Curation section.

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