Christoph Garth et al.
Immutable yet evolving: ARCs for permanent sharing in the research data-time continuum
Scientific research data is often viewed as monolithic and immutable – once created and processed, it is published in archives for transparency and reproducibility. In this paper, we argue that research data sets should by default be viewed as dynamic and evolving, and should be created, managed, and curated by processes that mirror the development of software rather than via a publication-focused approach. We propose Annotated Research Contexts (ARCs), a lightweight basis for such processes, and illustrate how ARCs will assist research data management in plant biology, within a framework developed by the NFDI consortium DataPLANT.