COMING SOON! - For the past several months the project team has been working to develop the Data Curation Profiles (DCP) toolkit. The DCP toolkit can used by information professionals to develop their own Data Curation Profiles on faculty researchers at their own institutions. A beta version of the DCP toolkit is currently being tested and we anticipate its public release in the not too distant future.
SECOND GRANT AWARDED! – Purdue University has been awarded an IMLS grant to create a workshop to introduce the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit and teach how it can be used as a means of investigating, uncovering, and capturing the data needs of faculty researchers. Through hands-on activities this full day workshop will cover how the Data Curation Profile was designed, provide a template and approaches for using it to interact with faculty researchers, illustrate the types of information it gathers, and describe various scenarios for which the profiles can be useful. Workshops will be offered in March 2011 in conjunction with Computers in Libraries in Washington D.C., with other dates and locations to be announced.
Investigators from the Distributed Data Curation Center in the Libraries at Purdue University and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are addressing the question, "Which researchers are willing to share data, when, with whom, and under what conditions?"
The goals of the project are: (1) enriching understanding of access to (or sharing of) data and related curation by conducting case studies of researchers' data practices; (2) translating and comparing needs for archiving and sharing data in curation profiles; and (3) converting the results into formalized policies that can be used by repositories to enhance curation and access to data collections. Specific outcomes include determining if there are differences in the levels or types of data that might be shared throughout the data lifecycle across disciplines and determining whether librarians have a role in the facilitation of sharing in a number of ways.
This project is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.