Our Mission

The Data Curation Network will enable academic institutions to better support researchers that are faced with a growing number of requirements to ethically share their research data.

The Data Curation Network project brings together the perspectives of research data librarians, academic library administration, and data curation subject experts from six major academic institutions to develop a Data Curation Network model. Data repository and curation services are currently provided by expert staff at each of our institutions (read moreto prepare and maintain research data in ways that make it findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR)Sharing our data curation staff across a ‘network of expertise’ will enable academic libraries to collectively, and more effectively, curate a wider variety of data types (e.g., discipline, file format, etc.) that expands beyond what any single institution might offer alone.

Our vision for the Data Curation Network project in the next 3-5 years: 
  • By using standards-driven data curation techniques the Data Curation Network will become a valued and trusted entity (among researchers, publishers, funding agencies, and beyond) with practical and transparent workflows and infrastructure.
  • With a proven and appealing value-proposition, the Data Curation Network will expand into a sustainable entity that grows beyond our initial six partner institutions.
  • Datasets curated by the Data Curation Network are used to advance research and education in ways that are measurably of greater reuse value than non-curated data.
  • By sharing tools, providing a pipeline for training data curators, and promoting data curation practices across the profession the Data Curation Network will build an innovative community that enriches capacities for data curation writ large.
The partner institutions in the current phase of the Data Curation Network are below and see more details on our project personnel page.

The Data Curation Network project is supported by a grant from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.      

News and Updates

  • Two reports released by the Data Curation Network Project! The Data Curation Network project team released two new reports this week. The first shares the results of six focus group sessions with researchers on their perceptions, use, and barriers ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 8:37 AM by Lisa Johnston
  • Article Published in J. of EScience Librarianship Our baseline comparison of the DCN institutions' repository and curation services was published today in the Journal of E-Science Librarianship. Thanks to the editors and reviewers for a great ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2017, 4:57 PM by Lisa Johnston
  • Experiment to test how different curators approach data curation Heidi Imker (U. Illinois) and I are at the IDCC conference in Edinburgh this week and presenting some results on the Data Curation Network!  To recap, the Data Curation Network ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 8:17 AM by Lisa Johnston
  • Save the date: ARL SPEC Kit Survey on Data Curation Webinar Scheduled The DCN Team is happy to have been selected as the first ARL survey of 2017 cycle! If you are at an ARL Institution, please check-in with your ARL ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2017, 2:14 PM by Lisa Johnston
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