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

  • Levels of Data Curation in ARL - Summary Charts As we prepare for the webinar on the results of surveying 124 ARL institutions, we find that there is so much interesting data to share....and not enough time to ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2017, 11:34 AM by Lisa Johnston
  • Perception vs Practice The Data Curation Network team is excited to present at the IASSIST conference this week in Lawrence KS! We will give a panel Wednesday morning on Perception vs Practice in ...
    Posted May 22, 2017, 4:02 PM by Lisa Johnston
  • Survey of ARL Libraries: Data curation In partnership with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Data Curation Network team has released Data Curation, SPEC Kit 354, an exploration of the infrastructure that 80 ARL member ...
    Posted May 15, 2017, 11:57 AM by Lisa Johnston
  • DCN Team Presents Poster at RDAP Summit The DCN team is looking forward to Research Data Management, Access, and Preservation (RDAP) Summit in Seattle, WA tomorrow! Many members of our team will be there and will present ...
    Posted May 15, 2017, 6:57 PM by Lisa Johnston
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