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The Executive Lens

The skills defined under the Executive Lens are the skills that will enable a digital curation professional to maintain a strategic view of digital curation, to understand the emerging challenges in digital curation for the cultural heritage sector, and to make informed funding decisions to meet these challenges.

Schematic diagram showing the skill domains and subdomains defined by the DigCurV framework for cultural sector executives.

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+Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities (KIA)

Skills in this domain relate to the ability of executives to demonstrate knowledge and competency in specific areas of digital curation. A key component of this knowledge is the application of digital curation to the cultural heritage sector.

Subdomain Skill Requirement
Examples are for illustration only and are not DigCurV recommendations.
Subject Knowledge KIA1.1 Is aware of subject-specific knowledge and definitionsFor example:
DCC guide to digital curation terminology
KIA1.2 Is aware of relevance of, and need for, digital curation activity within subject contextFor example:
Digital curation for the Wellcome Collection
KIA1.3 Is aware of current and emerging subject landscape (trends, people, institutions)
KIA1.4 Understands respective responsibilities for digital curation across institution
KIA1.5 Is able to scope the boundaries for digital curation at institution
KIA1.10 Is able to develop a professional network for support
KIA1.17 Understands scope of own role within institutional context
Selection/Appraisal KIA2.1 Is able to maximise benefits and long-term value of collections
KIA2.4 Is able to contribute to institutional policies, including criteria for selection/appraisal
Evaluation Studies KIA3.1 Is able to prioritise funding for curation activities based on the value of digital objects and the risks facing objects
KIA3.2 Is able to respond to findings from user studies constructively in future decision-making
Information Skills KIA4.4 Is aware of key metadata standards for sector/subjectFor example:
PREMIS
Dublin Core
BioSharing
METS
BagIT
LMER
ISAD(G)
Spectrum
MARC
EAD
RAD
MADS
DCC standards watch papers
DCC discipline-specific metadata resource

+Personal Qualities (PQ)

Skills in this domain relate to the ability of executives to interact and collaborate with other relevant stakeholders in digital curation activities. A key component of this knowledge is the ability to communicate with fellow professionals, colleagues in other departments, staff from external institutions, and members of the public.

Subdomain Skill Requirement
Examples are for illustration only and are not DigCurV recommendations.
Integrity PQ1.1 Understands responsibility, accountability and good practice in digital curationFor example:
Ensure evaluation of preservation action results
Respect defined roles in digital curation processes
PQ1.2 Understands value of policy formulation to deal with malpractice
PQ1.3 Is able to make transparent decisions
PQ1.4 Is able to demonstrate leadership in high quality standards of work
Communication and Advocacy Skills PQ2.1 Is able to communicate across domains, staff groups and with other relevant communitiesFor example:
Knowledge of discipline-specific vocabulary
Ability to adapt between different vocabularies
PQ2.2 Is able to articulate importance of digital curation to peers, other staff and publicFor example:
Providing information in commonly-used languages
Producing management summaries
PQ2.3 Is able to articulate value of collections to peers, other staff and public
PQ2.4 Is able to make case for funding of digital curation activityFor example:
KRDS toolkit
espida resources
PQ2.5 Is able to manage and foster stakeholder relationships
Responsiveness to Change PQ3.1 Is aware of potential developments in business models, strategic planning and management models in digital curationFor example:
Perform horizon scanning
DCC briefing papers
PQ3.2 Is aware of potential of developments in digital curation to influence new services and toolsFor example:
DCC briefing papers
PQ3.3 Understands emerging developments in discipline, and their applicability to digital curation activity in the institutionFor example:
Perform horizon scanning
PQ3.4 Is able to cultivate and maintain relationships with other relevant sources of information in digital curation (individuals/services/institutions)

+Professional Conduct (PC)

Skills in this domain relate to the ability of executives to conduct themselves within the ethical and legal frameworks that regulate digital curation as a profession.

Subdomain Skill Requirement
Examples are for illustration only and are not DigCurV recommendations.
Regulatory Requirements PC1.1 Understands legal frameworks in which digital curation is taking placeFor example:
National and international frameworks for data protection
National and international frameworks for freedom of information
Moral rights
Copyright policies and legislation for digital objects
Copyright policies and legislation for digital objects
IPR policies and legislation for digital objects
National copyright laws, and EU copyright legislation
Web2Rights
PC1.2 Is aware of domain policies and standards for management and preservation of digital objectsFor example:
Legal deposit law
PC1.3 Is able to contribute to national/international regulatory frameworks in which digital repositories operate
Regulatory Compliance PC2.1 Understands institution's legal culpabilities in digital curation activity
PC2.2 Is able to incorporate legal requirements into institutional policies
PC2.3 Is able to contribute to institutional regulatory framework in which digital repositories operate
Ethics, Principles and Sustainability PC3.1 Understands social and ethical responsibility in digital curation
PC3.2 Understands energy consumption and carbon footprint of digital curation activity
PC3.3 Is able to embed principles of ethical conduct throughout institutional policies (including those affecting curation activity)
PC3.4 Is able to adhere to principles of ethical conductFor example:
Managing sensitive data in a responsible manner

+Management and Quality Assurance (MQA)

Skills in this domain relate to the ability of executives to plan, execute, and monitor digital curation activities as part of project groups or larger programmes of work.

Subdomain Skill Requirement
Examples are for illustration only and are not DigCurV recommendations.
Risk Management MQA1.1 Is able to undertake succession planning
MQA1.2 Understands risk management theory and standardsFor example:
ISO Risk Management 31000
Audit and Certification MQA2.1 Is aware of audit and certification standardsFor example:
Data Seal of Approval
DRAMBORA
Trusted data respositories
TRAC assessment framework
ISO 14721 OAIS
ISO 16363 TRAC
DIN Standard 31644
BSI Standard 10008 Legal Admissibility of Electronic Information
MQA2.2 Is aware of benefits of audit process, and relevance of audit results
MQA2.3 Understands institutional liabilities in audit process
MQA2.4 Understands level of audit appropriate to institution
Resource Management MQA3.1 Is able to undertake strategic planning
MQA3.2 Is able to undertake business continuity management including disaster planningFor example:
Put in policy for security of data
Put in place policy for security of personnel
Put in place policy for physical integrity of collection
MQA3.3 Understands resources required for digital curation activity including energy consumption
MQA3.4 Understands reputation management
MQA3.5 Is able to respond to staff recruitment, training and development needs
MQA3.6 Understands how to undertake financial planning, cost analysis and economic sustainabilityFor example:
LIFE cost analysis
4C project resources
MQA3.7 Is able to undertake business planning in line with corporate/institutional goals

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