The Digital Curation Unit (DCU) was launched at “Athena” Research and Innovation Centre in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies in January 2007 with the mission of conducting research, developing technologies and applications, providing services and training, and acting as a national focus point in the field of digital curation. Since June 2009 the DCU is a department of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems of the “Athena” Research centre.
The Digital Curation Unit intends to serve the needs of a wide constituency of organisations and communities, in fields as diverse as e-government, organisational records management, research repositories in the sciences and humanities, and digital heritage. For this purpose, the DCU actively seeks partnerships and collaboration in research, government and private organizations. A “virtual laboratory” mode of operation will involve partners with complementary expertise.
The DCU research agenda is addressing the entire set of digital curation processes with a multidisciplinary approach. More specifically, the long-term research agenda of DCU include streamlining the enrichment of knowledge resources, modeling the research processes, accessing of the research needs, identification and analysis of research practices, design of technical requirements of infrastructures, analysis and enrichment of metadata, development of applications, development and hosting of websites and portals etc.