Data Curation Network: A cross-institutional staffing model for curating research data
Lisa Johnston: Research Data Management/Curation Lead and Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy; Principal Investigator, Data Curation Network
The Data Curation Network is a community of experts who have the software skills and domain know-how needed to curate digital research data, thereby ensuring those data are valuable and reusable for the long-term. Specialized curatorial actions to best prepare data for reuse include quality assurance, file integrity checks, documentation review, metadata creation for discoverability, and file transformations into archival formats. Due to the heterogeneous and multidisciplinary nature of research data generated in our research institutions, the skills and expertise required to curate data (to prepare, arrange, describe, and test data for optimal reuse) cannot reasonably be provided by a few experts siloed at single institutions. The Data Curation Network provides a shared staffing model for experts across member institutions as well as a commitment to promoting the value of curation with the broader research community. This presentation will address how we are organized, the curation procedures we use, and how we hope to grow in the future.
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