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Our Approach

At the CDL, we know that the ultimate goal of researchers is to create new knowledge. And so we embrace the entire lifecycle of knowledge creation including exploring, collecting, publishing, sharing, and saving data for use by future scholars.

Within this cycle, these activities are not fixed or time bound; some activities occur throughout the life of a digital object. That’s why we look at all of the phases of research. Since scholarly researchers both use and produce data, these data require different management strategies depending on their stage in the lifecycle.  Our programs and services are designed to support researchers regardless of whether they are experimenting with a new approach, refining their ideas or publishing the results of their work.

The CDL helps scholars

Research any topic imaginable from many pathways and discover new information through the serendipity enabled by the search, browse and access features of Melvyl®, Request, UC-eLinks, eScholarship, Calisphere, UC Shared Images, Online Archive of California, and the Web Archiving Service.

Plan for data management using the Data Management Planning (DMP) Tool.

Collect, acquire and organize scholarly work and data used during the course of research. For example, researchers can collect selected publications, build online collections of disparate web-based content using the Web Archiving Service, or gather research found within eScholarship using the My Items tool. Data collection is facilitated by DataUp, an open-source and web application researchers can use in the field to help make their data curation-ready.

Publish research (such as journals, books, working papers, postprints and seminar series) online via eScholarship. Researchers can also publish monographs with print-on-demand services via eScholarship PLUS.

Share digital cultural materials via Online Archive of California and Calisphere, generate citations, and add comments, reviews and tags to publications through the Melvyl® catalog.

Manage the entire range of content created through research activities and used for teaching with Merritt and EZID; preserve web sites for future use and research purposes through the Web Archiving Service.

Lifecycle Stage




Grant application

Data Management Planning (DMP) Tool

Create, edit, share, and save data management plans


Data collection


Open source add-in and web application for Microsoft Excel as a data collection tool

Web Archiving Service (WAS)

Collect and manage ephemeral web-published content

Manage and Share

Tracking, management, citation


Create and manage persistent identifiers

Storage, management, sharing


Curation repository: store, manage, and share research data


Scholarly publication


Open access scholarly publishing services: papers, journals, books, seminars, and more

Data publication

Data Publication platform

An infrastructure to publish and receive credit for sharing research data

Last updated: May 14, 2013