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31/05/2021

A QCIF-managed, free digital tool for data curation is now available in both Apple and Microsoft app stores. 

Data Curator, a desktop CSV data file editor to help data custodians, is available in Apple’s Mac App Store, and the Microsoft Store.

QCIF Business Development and Communications Manager Troy Lockett hopes to encourage more researchers to take advantage of Data Curator and download the tool.

“It’s great we’ve been able to publish in the app stores to facilitate the approval of Data Curator for use by various IT departments in universities and the Queensland Government,” said Troy. 

Data Curator enables data custodians to describe, validate and share usable open data, and helps data consumers interpret and use published open data.

Data consumers can use a wide range of software that works with data packages produced by Data Curator.  

Data Curator was developed by QCIF in partnership with the then-named Open Data Institute Australian Network and the Queensland Government, with funds from the latter. 

Data Curator is the brainchild of Stephen Gates, an Associate at Open Data Institute Australian Network at the time. Stephen said: “Often approval is needed before publishing open data on the Web. This prevents the use of online data quality tools. Data Curator solves this problem by describing and validating data on a desktop computer.” 

For more information about Data Curator, please read this blog by project lead Stephen Gates. Any queries, please contact QCIF’s Matt Mulholland.