The DRCC builds information technology infrastructure through a set of signature projects that engage faculty and students who have identified novel requirements for digital scholarship. Most of the DRCC projects are funded in part through grant funds.
The DRCC’s data infrastructure program began in 2001 through a collaboration with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and resulted in a $10 million grant through the National Science Foundation’s DataNet program in 2007.
The Data Conservancy (DC) was launched through a grant from the National Science Foundation’s DataNet program, which built upon prior experience with managing data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The grant provided the DC team an opportunity to broaden its data infrastructure development and gain better understanding of the challenges in collecting, preserving, and curating different types of research data.
DC has redesigned and refactored its core infrastructure to leverage existing software and technologies and to build deeper connections with both research and technology communities. Most notably, we have embraced approach of data representation by the Linked Data Platform by building our data archive with the Fedora 4 repository platform and leading the development of the RMap Project with funding from the Sloan Foundation.