The Research Data Curation Program supports Core Direction 3 of the Library's Strategic Plan for 2011–2014:
Historically, university libraries have played a leadership role in the advancement of knowledge and have had responsibility for the long-term preservation of scholarly resources. As these resources increasingly take a digital form, research and academic libraries have a responsibility to expand their stewardship role.
The scale of the challenge regarding the stewardship of digital data requires that responsibilities be distributed across multiple entities and partnerships that engage institutions, disciplines, and interdisciplinary domains. For this reason, the Research Data Curation Program operates in collaboration with UCSD Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI) and the University of California Curation Center (UC3).