(New) Data Curation Network – Event Series (ODSS, NLM)

About the Series

The Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS), in partnership with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is organizing an event series led by the Data Curation Network (DCN). DCN is a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, comprised of professional data curators, data management experts, data repository administrators, disciplinary scientists, and scholars from academic institutions and non-profit data repositories that steward research data for future use. To prepare for the implementation of the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy, researchers will need to gain new skills in managing and sharing their data. This event series will provide new approaches, methods, and best practices from representatives of the Data Curation Network on management, curation, and sharing to promote transparency, reproducibility, and reuse of research data. The first event in the series will educate researchers broadly about DCN experts, their services, the role of institutional libraries, and curation resources. Subsequent events will focus on other stakeholders – program officers, other community researchers, and repository owners – to provide training and access to resources, including a bring-your-own-data curation workshop. This is expected to help the NIH research community better manage and prepare their data, making it more useful and usable for others. The content generated from this series will be also made available online as self-paced training material for broader use.

Event 1: Introduction to Data Curation & Services for Researchers
April 6, 2022, 1:00 P.M. EST (Open Event)

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“Life Rafts in a Sea of Data: The Role of Librarians in Supporting Data Sharing”  

Jake Carlson, Director of the Deep Blue Repository and Research Data Services (DBRRDS) Department at the University of Michigan (U-M) Library

Mikala Narlock, Assistant Director of the Data Curation Network, University of Minnesota


“Making Headway in National Efforts toward Data Sharing and Support”

Peace Ossom-Williamson, Associate Director of the National Center for Data Services, The Network of the National Library of Medicine

Event 2: Towards Authenticity: Critical Appraisal of Data Management Plans
July 19, 2022, 12:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. EST (Open Event)

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This workshop, geared towards program officers, will be an introduction to the many considerations of research data management and sharing, specifically around the role of data management plans (DMPs) in grant proposals. In addition to learning how to evaluate DMPs from the perspective of a data curator, attendees will learn how their roles fit into the entirety of the research data lifecycle, will learn how to balance sharing sensitive data while protecting participant privacy, and will brainstorm ways to integrate best practices for DMPs into the grant proposal process. This session will combine lecture, activities, and discussion -- attendees should come prepared to participate.

Jake Carlson
Jake Carlson, Director of the Deep Blue Repository and Research Data Services (DBRRDS) Department, University of Michigan (U-M) Library
Jen Darragh
Jen Darragh, Senior Research Data Management Consultant, Duke University
David Fearon
David Fearon, Data Management Consultant, Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries
Mikala Narlock
Mikala Narlock, Assistant Director of the Data Curation Network, University of Minnesota

Event 3: Applying the CURATE(D) Model for Data Curation
November 15, 2022, 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. EST (Open Event)

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This workshop, geared toward researchers and information professionals, will provide an overview of appraising and preparing research data for the purpose of data sharing through the Data Curation Network’s CURATE(D) model. During this half-day learning opportunity, attendees will:

  • Increase their understanding of data curation practices to make data more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR).
  • Apply the CURATE(D) model to a data deposit.
  • Meet like-minded colleagues who are interested in developing or enhancing curation practices at their institutions.

This will be an interactive workshop with breakout rooms and small group activities. Attendees will need access to appropriate technology (computer, microphone, webcam, speakers/headphones, web browsers, high speed internet) and come prepared to participate.

Michelle Yee
Michelle Yee, Senior Data Catalog Coordinator, New York University (NYU) Health Sciences Library
Marley Kalt
Marley Kalt, Data Management Consultant, Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries
Shanda Hunt
Shanda Hunt, Public Health Librarian & Data Curation Specialist, Health Sciences Library, University of Minnesota

Event 4: In-person Workshop for Curators
February 2023 (tentative)

Open event (2 day in-person curation workshop based on CURATED workflows)

This page last reviewed on October 12, 2022