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CURATE: The Digital Curator Game is available for download.

The CURATE game is designed to be used as an exercise that prompts players to put themselves into digital project scenarios in order to address issues and challenges that arise when institutions engage with digital curation and preservation.

The full CURATE game includes:

  • Welcome to CURATE Presentation
  • Game Board (PDF)
  • Game Cards (PDF)
  • About the Game (PDF)
  • Rules (PDF)
  • Record Sheet & Closing Questions (PDF)

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  • Welcome to CURATE
  • About CURATE
  • Gameplay and Rules

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DigCurV Cards
  • You've successfully archived your collection!

    Advance to the nearest corner box

  • Get-out-of-the-Digital-Curator-Gap-free!

  • You've got the support of policy-makers and senior management for long-term digital preservation and access.

    Go forward 2 spaces.

  • You've successfully secured funding to digitise part of your collection.

    What are the most important things to consider before the project gets started?

  • What do you think the most important training and qualifications are for managers working in digital curation?

  • Your project funding includes enough money to hire three additional people.

    What roles are most important to recruit?

  • You followed best practices and your content conforms to standards and has been archived. Congratulations!.

    The content is available for re-use in your next project; what are the benefits?

  • You had the knowledge and skills to procure services wisely and your project is delivering high quality results.

    What would your advice be to newly appointed managers of similar projects?

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Caution Cards
  • You need to decide between purchasing specialised equipment for the project and out-sourcing the work. You need to find advice to make the best choice for your project.

    To what resources would you turn to for advice?

  • You need to recruit a technical specialist for the project. It's not an area that you're familiar with.

    How do you assess whether their qualifications match the project's needs?

  • You’ve advertised for project workers but in spite of the economic crisis, you cannot recruit because none of the applicants have the technical expertise that you’re looking for.

    What can you do?

  • Finding sustainable funding proves difficult in the current economic climate. It looks like the project will cease to exist when funding ends.

    What can you do to preserve the collection?

  • Five years into your digitisation project you learn that the archival format standard the community has been following is being deprecated and a new standard is being recommended.

    What do you do?

  • You are the manager of a digital curation project and one of the funded partners is not cooperating

    How do you handle the situation? What are some steps you can take to rectify it?

  • You are in year 3 of a 6-year project and you’ve just hired a new technical manager who, once in situ, disagrees with the choices of his predecessors

    How do you resolve this conflict of opinion?

  • The company that the project chose to host it’s online collection has gone out of business.

    What needs to be done to migrate the collection to a new service provider?

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Danger Cards
  • Collection owner and Curator do not see eye-to-eye. Owner is concerned that digitisation will damage the collection.

    Hold a project meeting and lose your next turn

  • Unfortunately your funding has been cut mid-way through the project.

    Go back to START and begin writing a new grant proposal.

  • New member of staff lacks key skills and your budget doesn’t allow for professional development.

    Meet with senior management and lose next turn.

  • Oh dear, the digitisation was done by a company that conformed to minimum standards. Transferring the content to an archival conformant repository will involve the creation of metadata.

    Lose your next turn.

  • Your personnel budget has been cut and you have to let a member of staff go.

    Please send the team member to your right back to the START box.

  • Your project website has crashed.

    Lose next turn while you troubleshoot the issue.

  • Funding proposal rejected.

    Go back to START.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you play the game?

Information about the methodology of the game and what organisers need to do in order to prepare can be found in the ‘About CURATE’ PDF in the game download.

How can I use the game in a training event/workshop?

The game is available for download by DigCurV Network Members. If you are interested in using the game, join the network and the materials needed to play the game will be available for you to download.

What materials do I need?

In order to play the game, you need to download the artwork for the game board and game cards (three decks – ‘DigCurV,’ ‘Caution Mind the Digital Curator Gap,’ and ‘Danger You’ve Fallen into the Digital Curator Gap’) and source a printing company to produce the materials for you. You will also need to download and print the following documents: ‘Gameplay and Rules,’ ‘Record Sheet’ and ‘Closing Questions.’ There is a PowerPoint presentation, ‘Welcome to CURATE,’ available for download that you can use to introduce the game to players. ‘About CURATE’ details sourcing game pieces and printing specifications.

What is the record sheet for?

The record sheet exists in order to capture the main themes of the conversation and brainstorming that takes place during the game, as prompted by ‘DigCurV’ and ‘Caution Mind the Digital Curator Gap’ cards. DigCurV asks that those using the game in training events share their record sheets (anonymously) so that the feedback and ideas obtained through game play can be incorporated into project deliverables.

How many people can play?

The ideal number of players per game is four to six, with one player appointed to act as a facilitator – a person willing to jumpstart conversations and ensure that all players have the opportunity to contribute. As many games can be played simultaneously as the organiser wishes.

What is the average game time?

A game played with five to six players can produce a winner when played for 45 minutes. At that point in time, the winner can begin the game again from the START box, or simply watch as the other players vie to be the second to finish, participating in group conversations as prompted by the game.

Can I print the game materials myself?

The game board requires a large-format printer and glossy finish poster paper, so it is best to source a printing company to produce it. However, the game cards and A4 documents can be printed on a standard printer. See the ‘About CURATE’ document for details.

What is the difference between the Caution Mind the Digital Curator Gap and Danger You’ve Fallen Into the Digital Curator Gap cards?

Caution Mind the Digital Curator Gap cards raise important considerations for practitioners engaging with digital curation and prompt discussion and problem-solving, whereas Danger You’ve Fallen Into the Digital Curator Gap cards present players with some of the more difficult issues related to engaging with digital curation and send them back to START or force them to lose their next turn.

What about copyright and reuse?

CURATE is copyright of DigCurV. You are free to share the game and game materials under the following conditions. We ask that you attribute the game to DigCurV and share the game under like conditions. If you wish to establish a translation of the Game and Game materials, or have ideas to build on this work we ask that you contact us to obtain permission and that you distribute any resulting work under a similar licence with the same conditions.