Data curation becomes shared endeavor

« Backed by a $526,438 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U-M Library and seven other academic libraries will launch the Data Curation Network. The network helps institutions better support researchers who are seeking to meet a growing number of mandates to openly and ethically share their research data.

Data curators apply disciplinary knowledge and librarian expertise to ensure that stored datasets are reusable, but no single institution can provide this curatorial expertise in every discipline. The Data Curation Network will seamlessly connect a wide network of expert data curators to supplement local expertise. (…)

“Our librarians have deep expertise in the fields that they serve, but they cannot know every norm or anticipate the needs of every field. Indeed, there is no way that any one library would have access to the breadth and depth of expertise needed to conduct deep and thorough curation reviews for all of the data deposited into its repository. »(…) »