Who is Involved? 

DCN Institution Representatives




Lisa R. Johnston (Principal Investigator)
Research Data Management/Curation Lead
University of Minnesota



Lisa R. Johnston, the Research Data Management/Curation Lead and director of the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) (http://z.umn.edu/drum) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Libraries. Johnston coordinates the library's efforts around research data management and leads a team of five data curation experts for archiving research data in DRUM. Since 2012, Johnston has also served as the co-director of the University of Minnesota’s institutional repository for research and publications, the University Digital Conservancy (http://conservancy.umn.edu). Johnston is the co-editor (with Jacob Carlson) of Data Information Literacy: Librarians, Data, and the Education of a New Generation of Researchers (2015, Purdue University Press) and editor of Curating Research Data: Practical Strategies for your Digital Repository (2017, ACRL Press). 

 




Mara Blake
Data Services Manager
Johns Hopkins University


Mara Blake, the Data Services Manager at the Sheridan Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University. In this position, Blake leads the Data Management Services and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services for the library, including the JHU Data Archive (https://archive.data.jhu.edu). Previously, Blake worked on the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Data Project, a multi-institutional collaborative project to create a shared collection of metadata and discovery interface for geospatial data resources.
 


Jake Carlson
Research Data Services Manager
University of Michigan
Jake Carlson, the Research Data Services Manager at the University of Michigan Library. Carlson oversees the creation, implementation and operation of Research Data Services (RDS) at the Library, which includes the development of a library-based data repository to be introduced in 2016. RDS at Michigan is centered on harnessing the diverse knowledge and expertise of all librarians across the library in managing, organizing, describing, sharing and preserving information and applying it towards understanding and addressing researcher needs with their data. Carlson is a primary architect of the Data Curation Profile Toolkit (http://datacurationprofiles.org) and the PI of the Data Information Literacy project (http://datainfolit.org). He is the co-editor (with Lisa Johnston) of Data Information Literacy: Librarians, Data, and the Education of a New Generation of Researchers (2015, Purdue University Press) and the author of numerous articles on roles for librarians in managing and curating research data.

Elizabeth Coburn
 



Elizabeth Coburn
Data Curation Network Project Coordinator
University of Minnesota
 
Elizabeth Coburn, Project Coordinator for the Data Curation Network at the University of Minnesota. Elizabeth oversees daily operations and coordinates the activities of the DCN. She completed her BA at Grinnell College, and her MLIS specializing in Data Curation at the University of Illinois. Most recently, Elizabeth consulted in the area of web and software development specializing in metadata, Islandora, data curation, large-scale data migrations, and project management. Previously, she completed internships at the National Library of Medicine and the National Snow and Ice Data Center before serving as the Data Librarian at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  


 



Hannah Hadley
Project Manager
Pennsylvania State University
Hannah Hadley, Project Manager for the IMLS DCN data curation training grant at Pennsylvania State University Libraries, Digital Scholarship and Data Services. The two year grant funds three data curation education workshops between 2018 and 2019. Hannah has a B.S. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently a graduate student at Drexel University within the MSLIS program. Her research interests include data curation and scientific research using archival sources. She is pleased to serve the data librarian community in this effort to education and share curation experience.

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Joel Herndon
Head of Data and Visualization Services
Duke University Libraries
 
Joel Herndon, Head of Data and Visualization Services in Duke University Libraries. In this position, Herndon leads the libraries' programs providing consulting and training for data management, data visualization, digital mapping, and data analysis. Herndon's recent research considers the evolution of data management requirements in social science journals and how research libraries can provide consultation and training to meet these publishing requirements. Recent projects include the launch of Duke's new Edge research space, the ICPSR-led Learning to Curate project, and the TLRN Research Data Management and Use Task Force.



 



Cynthia Hudson-Vitale
Head, Digital Scholarship and Data Services Pennsylvania State University 



 


Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Head of Digital Scholarship and Data Services at Pennsylvania State University. In this position, Hudson-Vitale leads digital scholarship services for the University, which include services in support of digital humanities, research data management, maps and GIS, data analysis, and open publishing. Hudson-Vitale has worked on several funded faculty projects to facilitate data sharing and interoperability, while also providing scaleable curation services for the entire University population. Hudson-Vitale currently serves as the Visiting Program Officer for SHARE with the Association of Research Libraries.
 


Elizabeth Hull
Operations Manager
Dryad Digital Repository

Elizabeth Hull is Operations Manager for Dryad (http://datadryad.org), an independent, non-profit, general-purpose repository for research data underlying scholarly publications. In this role, Elizabeth keeps Dryad projects and processes on track and moving as smoothly and efficiently as possible. She oversees curation and journal integration, manages the user help desk, and participates in strategic planning and priority-setting for the organization. Elizabeth holds a varied background in libraries/archives, web content management, public history and archaeology, all of which converge into an overarching commitment to open access and usability of knowledge.


 


Heidi Imker
Director of the Research Data Service
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Heidi Imker, the director of the Research Data Service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Imker came to the University Library in 2014 to become the Director of Illinois’ Research Data Service (RDS). The Illinois RDS is a campus-wide initiative that provides the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research data. Prior to this position, Imker was the Executive Director of a large scale collaborative grant funded by NIH, called the Enzyme Function Initiative. There Imker was the co-director of the Data Core which aimed to manage, disseminate, and integrate research data produced by 15 different research groups across the disciplines of microbiology, metabolomics, molecular biology, structural biology, enzymology, and computational biology.
 




Wendy Kozlowski
Data Curation Specialist
Cornell University

Wendy Kozlowski, Data Curation Specialist at Cornell University. Kozlowski is coordinator of the Cornell Research Data Management Services Group (RDMSG), a cross-campus, collaborative organization that provides data management services to faculty, staff and students throughout the entire research process. Operating within Cornell University Library’s Metadata Services group and as part of the library’s institutional repository (eCommons) administrative team, Kozlowski is the point person for both repository-wide and scientific metadata, and works with subject liaisons to curate data sets deposited into eCommons. Kozlowski also serves as chair of the library’s Repository Executive Group.
 

Tim McGeary
Associate University Librarian for Digital
Strategies and Technology
Duke University Libraries

Tim McGeary is currently the Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Technology. In his role, Tim provides leadership for information technology services and operations within the Duke University Libraries, including management of Data and Visualization Services, Digital Curation Services, Digital Collections, Software Development & Integration Services, Core Services, and Discovery Services. Tim has presented nationally and regionally on library technology development, managing electronic resources, open source solutions, and the Open Library Environment (OLE). He is also published on topics of library technology and managing electronic resources as an investment portfolio. Tim came to Duke University from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as the Director of Library & Information Technology. Prior to that, he served as the Team Leader of Library Technology for Lehigh University. Tim received a B.A. in Music and an M.S. in Information and Systems Engineering from Lehigh University, with his thesis on a multi-period capital budgeting model of subscriptions to electronic resources.



Robert Olendorf, PhD
Science Data Librarian
Pennsylvania State University

Rob Olendorf is the Research Data Librarian at Penn State University where he has been since August of 2015. Olendorf chairs the committee to develop comprehensive data services at the library and build collaborative relationships with other data service providers at the university. He works with primarily science faculty and students to help them better manage and curate their data often in collaboration with other campus partners. He is also the product owner of the Penn State institutional repository. Prior to Penn State he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of New Mexico. At Los Alamos he was the data librarian and repository developer. He co-chaired the lab wide data group on research data and led the development of their new Hydra-based repositories. While at the University of New Mexico he was a research data librarian. Prior to life as a librarian, he was a evolutionary biologist, working on a variety of projects both small and large. His research focused on the evolution of cooperative behavior and also sexual selection usually working in cross disciplinary groups among multiple institutions. His work incorporated a variety of data including field experiments and observations, high performance computing simulations and large molecular genetic data sets. His experiences with this and at the same time a growing interest in open and reproducible science lead him to a career in libraries and data services.


 



Claire Stewart
Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning
University of Minnesota

Claire Stewart, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning at the University of Minnesota. Prior to arriving at Minnesota in January 2015, Stewart held several positions at Northwestern University over a 21-year period, including directing the Center for Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation and serving as Head of Digital Collections. At Northwestern, Stewart served as campus lead for repository services and e-science, directing the creation of an E-Science Working Group and data management services as a collaboration between the office for research, information technology, and the library. At the University of Minnesota, Stewart is a member of the Libraries senior leadership team and co-sponsor of the Data Management and Curation Initiative. She directs the Libraries’ education and research support programs, leading staff who provide general and specialized support, including GIS, digital humanities, and data management and curation services.

DCN Curators





Susan Borda
Data Workflows Specialist
University of Michigan Library


Susan Borda, Data Workflows Specialist at the University of Michigan Library. Susan works with researchers and members of Library Information Technology to develop workflows for transferring data from its local environment, where it is being actively developed by the researcher, to a curation repository where it can be shared and preserved, primarily the UM  Library's repository Deep Blue Data. Borda also works with developers to test and improve Deep Blue Data's functionality. Previously, Borda worked in academic IT at the University of Minnesota, was the Digital Curation Librarian at UC Merced, and the Digital Technologies Development Librarian at Montana State University.

Chen Chiu
Data Management Consultant
Data Services
Johns Hopkins University
Chen Chiu, Data Management Consultant with Johns Hopkins University Data Services. Chiu joined Data Services in 2015 where she provides data management consultation, training about data management, sharing and open science, and offers archiving support to Johns Hopkins researchers. Before becoming a Data Management Consultant, Chiu was a postdoctoral fellow in Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.
   



Erin Clary
Senior Curator
Dryad Digital Repository
Erin Clary, Senior Curator at Dryad. Dryad is an independent, non-profit, general-purpose repository for research data underlying scholarly publications. Erin has an undergraduate degree in Biology, and an MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She works with a small team of curators to archive data in a wide variety of formats and disciplines, most commonly data from the life sciences and biomedical sciences. She is interested in issues surrounding open scholarship, data reusability, and data citation, as well as the development of shared resources and standards that will assist researchers and data curators.
 

 



Jennifer Darragh
Senior Research Data Management Consultant
Data and Visualization Services 
Duke University

Jennifer Darragh, Senior Research Data Management Consultant in the Data and Visualization Services Department of Duke University Libraries. In this role, Darragh provides training and consulting services designed around the research data lifecycle covering general best practices as well as special topics and tools. Darragh also serves as one of the data curators for the research data program supported by the Duke Digital Repository. Prior to joining Duke University, Jennifer was the Data Services and Sociology Librarian at Johns Hopkins University, the Social and Behavioral Sciences Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Data Archivist for the Population Research Institute at Penn State University. Throughout her career, Jennifer has gained particular expertise in the management, use and archiving of sensitive social, behavioral and health sciences data.
   



Debra Fagan
Curation and Technical Specialist
Dryad Digital Repository
Debra Fagan, Curation and Technical Specialist at Dryad. Dryad is an independent, non-profit, general-purpose repository for research data underlying scholarly publications. Debra holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and an MS in Library and Information Science. At Dryad, Debra draws from her education and her years of experience, serving as a librarian and a computer programmer, to work as part of a small team archiving data in a wide variety of formats and disciplines.
   


Dave Fearon
Senior Data Management Consultant
Data Management Services
Johns Hopkins University 
Dave Fearon, Sr. Data Management Consultant with Johns Hopkins University Data Management Services. Since 2011 Dave’s been providing consultation and training on data management topics and operating the JHU Data Archive. He specializes in social sciences, human subjects research, and genomics, working primarily with the medical campus. Dave received his Masters of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, with an emphasis in informatics and data curation. He also has a PhD. in Sociology from U.C. Santa Barbara, specializing in sociolinguistics and organizations.
   


Ashley Hetrick
Research Data Specialist
Research Data Service
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ashley Hetrick, Research Data Specialist with the Research Data Service (RDS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the RDS, Hetrick leads the development and delivery of data management workshops, as well as data management plan (DMP) reviews. Prior to this position, Hetrick worked in various roles within Illinois’ central Information Technology (IT) group, including social media analytics, IT communications, and leading an AV/IT help desk service.
 



Alicia Hofelich Mohr
Research Support Coordinator
Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS)
University of Minnesota
Alicia Hofelich Mohr, Research Support Coordinator for the Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS) at the University of Minnesota. Alicia's research team provides consultation, workshops, and support for faculty and students across the research lifecycle, from data management planning through collection, analysis, and sharing. She specializes in designing research workflows, handling human subjects data, de-identifying research data, and teaching reproducible data analysis in quantitative tools such as R and SPSS. She holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and M.A. in Statistics from the University of Michigan. She serves as a curator for social science data in the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM).
  


 



Shanda Hunt, MPH
Library Liaison, School of Public Health
University of Minnesota
Shanda Hunt, MPH, Library Liaison to the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota (UMN). Shanda received her Master’s Degree in Public Health and was a research coordinator at the UMN before taking on a new career in the University Libraries. In addition to acting as the Public Health Librarian, she is the human subjects curator for the Data Repository at the University of Minnesota (DRUM). The submission of human subjects data to DRUM is still rare at this time, so Shanda consults in other ways: by reviewing data management plans for researchers who are submitting grants, assessing DRUM submissions for proper IRB data sharing language, and revising restrictive consent forms. Her previous research was often qualitative, and she teaches about data management and sharing qualitative research. She is both a human subjects and qualitative data curator for the DCN.
 

 



Erica Johns
Research Data and Environmental Sciences
Librarian, Albert R. Mann Library
Cornell University
Erica Johns, Research Data and Environmental Sciences Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University. Erica serves as the liaison to the departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Natural Resources, and Fiber Science and Apparel Design. She is also a consultant for the Research Data Management Services Group (RDMSG) at Cornell. Her interests include data curation, data citation, data discovery, metadata, the semantic web, information architecture, scientific computing, reproducible research, information and data literacy within the environmental sciences and textile arts, and slow fashion. Erica has a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Georgia and a M.S. in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. Erica has spent time working for NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the National Climatic Data Center (NOAA).

 



Melinda Kernik
Spatial Data Analyst and Curator
University of Minnesota
Melinda Kernik, Spatial Data Analyst and Curator for the University of Minnesota. Kernik assists researchers to document and organize spatial data submitted to the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM).  She provides support for spatial digital humanities projects as part of the Digital, Arts, Sciences and Humanities program (DASH). She’s also part of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Data Project, a multi-institution collaboration improving access to scanned historical maps and geospatial data resources.
 

 




Sophia Lafferty-Hess
Senior Research Data Management Consultant
Duke University Libraries
Sophia Lafferty-Hess, Senior Research Data Management Consultant in Duke University Libraries. Sophia provides data management instruction and guidance on best practices for organizing, documenting, preserving, and publishing research data. Sophia also works as one of the data curators for Duke’s data repository program. Prior to joining Duke, Sophia was a Research Data Manager at the UNC Odum Institute for Research in Social Science Data Archive where she curated social science research data. Within that role, Sophia also worked on the CRADLE project that created the Research Data Management and Sharing online course and worked with political science journals to develop workflows that incorporate data citation, data curation, and more reproducible research practices.
 
 


Hoa Luong
Research Data Specialist
Research Data Service
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hoa Luong, Research Data Specialist at the Research Data Service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Previously, Hoa was a graduate assistant at Chemistry and Grainger Engineering libraries where she worked on Grainger's massive DMP review project and other engineering-related projects. She also interned with the Illinois Advancement in Data Analytics. Currently, Hoa leads the data curation efforts for Illinois Data Bank. Hoa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science & Human Nutrition at UIUC and earned her MLIS degree from the iSchool in May of 2017.
 


 



Nathan Piekielek
Geospatial Data Services Librarian
Pennsylvania State University


Nathan Piekielek, Geospatial Services Librarian at Pennsylvania State University. Nathan works in the library's Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information where he promotes spatial literacy and supports the use of maps and geospatial technologies across the university. This includes the development of publicly accessible map and geospatial data collections and tools, one on one and small group research consultations, offering technical and non-technical trainings and workshops, and conducting primary research. Nathan's research interests and experiences are diverse and span the fields of geographic information science and remote sensing, historical cartography, landscape ecology and conservation, human geography and mapping, and academic librarianship.
 

 



John Russell
Digital Humanities Librarian and Associate
Director Center for Humanities and Information
Pennsylvania State University 
John Russell, Digital Humanities Librarian and Associate Director, Center for Humanities and Information at Penn State University. John has experience with text encoding and social media data, and is very interested in data associated with historical research.
 

 



Henrik Spoon
Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics Librarian
Senior Research Associate, Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science
Cornell University
Henrik Spoon, Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics Librarian at Cornell, and Senior Research Associate in the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CCAPS). Henrik has 25 years of experience with extracting, analyzing and publishing spectroscopic data obtained by ground- and space-based observatories, mostly at near- and mid-infrared wavelengths. Henrik obtained his MSc in Astronomy from Utrecht University and his PhD in Astronomy from Groningen University, both in The Netherlands. His areas of focus are: astronomical data, metadata, website preservation, and collection development.
 
 


Benjamin Wiggins
Director of the Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities program
Affiliate Assistant Professor of History
University of Minnesota


Benjamin Wiggins, Director of the Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) program and Affiliate Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. In his role as director of DASH, he works closely with faculty and graduate students to integrate emerging digital technologies into their research methodologies as well as their teaching design. He has published in The American Historian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Natural Hazards Observer, and Television & New Media.  Benjamin holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and his research focuses on the history of risk, actuarial science, and insurance.  For the DCN, he curates humanities data.
 
 



Katie Wilson
Biosciences Liaison Librarian and
Scientific Data Curator
University of Minnesota
Katie Wilson, Biosciences Liaison Librarian and Scientific Data Curator for the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Libraries. As a library liaison, Wilson works with her assigned departments in the biological sciences, but as a curator for DRUM, she handles data across the scientific disciplines. She is interested in accessibility, labor, and data ethics.
 
 



Rachel Woodbrook
Data Curation Librarian
University of Michigan
Rachel Woodbrook, Data Curation Librarian at the University of Michigan. Rachel works with library professionals and campus researchers to support data management planning and implementation across the research process. This includes a particular focus on data sharing and archiving via the University of Michigan’s data repository, Deep Blue Data, for which she serves as a curator as well as the service coordinator. Rachel is particularly interested in data repositories as storehouses for cultural heritage information, and research communities who may be under-supported in data management, dissemination, and preservation. Her background is in qualitative research, languages and humanities and she has extensive experience from previous positions with international health and population data such as surveys, epidemiological surveillance, and disease registries.
 
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Sarah Wright
Life Sciences Librarian for Research
Cornell University

Sarah Wright, Life Sciences Librarian for Research at the Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University. Sarah serves as the liaison to the departments of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology, Plant Biology, and Plant Breeding and Genetics, and is a consultant for the Research Data Management Services Group (RDMSG data.research.cornell.edu). Her interests include data curation, scholarly communication, and information trends in the molecular and life sciences disciplines. Sarah was a Co-PI on the Data Information Literacy project (http://datainfolit.org) and is an instructor for ACRL's Research Data Management Roadshow (http://www.ala.org/acrl/conferences/roadshows/rdmroadshow). Sarah has a B.S. in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and M.S. degrees in Botany and in Information Science.
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