Task 1: Digital preservation COPTR Tool Registry tool- DCC tool- Data Asset Framework (DAF)DescriptionDAF is a digital preservation tool that is found in the COPTR tool registry and related to a functional area in the Digital Curation Model (DCC). DAF offers firms some ways of identifying, locating, describing, and assessing the manner at which the organisations are managing the research data assets. According to the argument put forth by Parham, Bodnar, and Fuchs, (2012), the DAF comprises of a variety of survey methods that allow the data auditors to gather the required data, experiences, and views that are necessary to the scope of research data that offers the required support services. MethodologyDAF suggests four steps to be followed in the research process to conduct the audit of the research data assets (Lyon, Ball, Duke, & Day, 2012).
These steps comprise of; Step 1/ Planning stage: It entails preparation of a plan, the definition of the research purpose, identification of the scope of the study, and carrying out the preliminary research. In this stage, there is the conduct of some preliminary research and meetings to identify the time spent by the firm’s staff.
Step 2 Classification step: The step involves identification of the data assets that are present and categorizing them with the aim of determining the area to put more attention and effort and to have an advanced, in-depth analysis. Step 3: In this stage, the research is required to consider the information data cycle, which helps in gaining some understanding of the researcher’s workflows and making out the available weaknesses in the process of data collection, as well as during the curation practices.
This step offers the basis for the ending stage because the skills gained from the assessment is applied in planning for the data management improvements. Step 4: This phase is about pulling together of all the information that is gathered and providing some recommendations to enable improvement of the data management process. AdvantagesDAF helps in being certain that the research data that is generated in an organization is well preserved and retains its accessibility even in the future. The tool advocates for following of an efficient process that offers clear guidelines to the researcher.
It enables in the understanding of the data assets held by the institutions and definition of the scope of the study. DisadvantagesIt takes much time to conduct the four stages until the completion of a project. It leads to limitations because of its high cost. The potential users DAF is normally used by the educational institutions that seek to make a registry of data assets in the process of audit. Among the users are’‘The centre for computing in the humanities at King’s college London’‘The innovative design and manufacturing research centre (IDMRC) at the University of Bath’‘The school of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh‘Glasgow University Archeological Research Division (GUARD) at the University of Glasgow’. Suitability DAF is very suitable for the functional area it was created for because the four implementation processes enhance the undertaking of a successful survey.
The tool is effective in achieving the set goals.