Who is Involved? 

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.

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.