IVOA Data Curation and Preservation

Chair : Andre Schaaff Vice-Chair : Tim Jenness

Chairs Emeritus : Francoise Genova, Alberto Accomazzi, Bob Hanisch and Reagan Moore

June 2018: following the nomination of the new chair and vice-chair the updating of this page is on going


The Data Curation and Preservation (DCP) Interest Group is established to share best practices and engage IVOA member projects in the long-term curation and preservation of astronomical data. Discussion topics include:

  • Identification of at-risk data and data collections
  • Processes for engaging the community in curation and preservation activities
  • Coordination with strategic partners such as astronomical data centers, research libraries, and scholarly publishers
  • Feedback about related work done in Research Data Alliance, liaison with the implied RDA WG/IG
  • Technology reviews concerning all aspects of curation and preservation (metadata, provenance, data integrity, media migration, replication, disaster recovery, assessment criteria, etc.)
The Interest Group is entitlement to produce white papers and/or to bring proposed actions to the attention of the IVOA Technical Coordination Group and IVOA Executive.

Mailing-list and membership

  • General working-group discussion archive.
  • Anyone interested in data curation and preservation is welcome to participate (and to register).

Previous meetings since 2010



  • Smith, M., R. Moore, “Digital Archive Policies and Trusted Digital Repositories”, proceedings of The 2nd International Digital Curation Conference: Digital Data Curation in Practice, November 2006, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Moore, R., “Building Preservation Environments with Data Grid Technology”, American Archivist, vol. 69, no. 1, pp. 139-158, July 2006.
  • Rajasekar, A., M. Wan, R. Moore, W. Schroeder, “A Prototype Rule-based Distributed Data Management System”, HPDC workshop on “Next Generation Distributed Data Management”, May 2006, Paris, France.
  • Moore, R., J. Jaja, R. Chadduck, "Mitigating Risk of Data Loss in Preservation Environments", NASA / IEEE MSST2005, Thirteenth NASA Goddard / Twenty-second IEEE Conference on Mass Storage Systems and Technologies, April 2005.
  • Moore, R., "Persistent Collections," book chapter in "Databasing the Brain," editors S. H. Koslow and S. Subramaniam, John Wiley & Sons, 2005.
  • Moore, R., R. Marciano, "Prototype Preservation Environments", submitted to Library Trends, Dec. 2004.
  • Moore, R., A. Rajasekar, M. Wan, "Data Grids, Digital Libraries and Persistent Archives: An Integrated Approach to Publishing, Sharing and Archiving Data", submitted to IEEE, Dec. 2004
  • Moore, R., "Building Preservation Environments with Data Grid Technology", submitted to American Archivist, Oct., 2004
  • Moore, R., W. Underwood, "Preservation Environments for Digital Entities," Interpares II report, June 2004.
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
PowerPointppt IVOA-Kyoto.ppt manage 68.5 K 2005-05-19 - 06:04 ReaganMoore Presentation on Data Curation and Preservation
PDFpdf Preservation.pdf manage 46.3 K 2005-05-19 - 07:07 ReaganMoore Interest Group meeting notes
Topic revision: r41 - 2018-09-18 - AndreSchaaff
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