Data Curation Profiles

June 15-16, 2015

2015 NLG Planning Grant Workshop "Connecting Researchers to Repositories"

A workshop held at Purdue University was designed to discuss issues and problems related to research data deposit, and help compile information for a white paper on “bridging the gap” between active management of data to dissemination and preservation of it.

Nov 2014 - Feb 2015

Meetings with Partners and Experts

Met with partner and experts at University of Tennessee, University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, and Digital Curation Centre.

October 1, 2014

IMLS NLG Planning Grant Awarded to Purdue Press Release

Purdue University Libraries and the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2) have been awarded an Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant (LG-55-14-0098-14) to develop a roadmap for the next generation of the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit (DCPT). Along with co-PIs Jake Carlson at University of Michigan and Suzie Allard at the University of Tennessee, the Planning Grant— “Enhancing the Data Curation Profiles to help Bridge the Gap between Researcher and Repository”— will allow Purdue Libraries to bring together expertise in the field of data curation to propose the next iteration of the DCPT as a more extensible and powerful tool for librarians and other information professionals to connect with stakeholders seeking to deposit their research data into a repository. Partners include Sarah Jones at University of Glasgow, Angus Whyte at University of Edinburgh, Sherry Lake at University of Virginia and Todd Vision at Dryad.

July 2014

Additional Data Curation Profiles site created

Jake Carlson accepted the position at the University of Michigan Library as Research Data Services Manager

December 2013

Publishing Update

There are now 32 Published Profiles in the Data Curation Profiles Directory Three new Profiles added in areas of History, Astronomy, and Biochemistry.

April 1, 2013

The Data Curation Profiles Toolkit wins the ACRL STS innovation award

We are extremely pleased and humbled to receive the ACRL STS Innovation Award for 2013. The DCP Toolkit has been a labor of love (mostly) for us and to have it be publicly recognized by our colleagues and community is in a word "awesome". Thanks to all of you who have made use of the toolkit, published your Data Curation Profiles, attended our workshops or supported us generally. More information about the award can be found here.

Nov 26, 2012

Introducing the Data Curation Profiles Directory

We are pleased to announce the Data Curation Profiles Directory. Working with the Purdue University e-Pubs repository, the DCP Directory provides a suite of services to support the publication of data curation profiles, including assigning a DOI for each published DCP, improved visability for profiles through inclusion in indexing and discovery tools, and a commitment to the preservation of DCPs through CLOCKSS and Portico.

Information on publishing your Data Curation Profile can be found on the Guidelines for Authors page.

Sept 17, 2012

Data Curation Profiles Symposium

The Purdue University Libraries will be hosting a symposium on data curation, and the roles Data Curation Profiles might play in addressing issues related to research data on Monday September 24, 2012, from 9:00 am to 2:15 pm EST USA.

The physical event is by invitation only, but we invite you to watch a streaming video feed of the event through the following Windows Media Live Stream URL: mms:// You must have Windows Media Player installed to view.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services funded grant, "Understanding Curation through the use of Data Curation Profiles" provided workshops in using the Profile to over 360 librarians. The goal of this project was to provide librarians with the knowledge, training and means to engage faculty in discussions about their research data, how they work with and manage their data, and their needs in organizing, sharing, publishing, or preserving this data. The symposium will be a wrap-up of the research that went into the project.

The schedule of panels and presentations is as follows:

The twitter hashtag for the event is #dcptoolkit. No registration is required for viewing the video streaming.

Aug 18, 2012

NEW Data Curation Profiles Published

Ten new Data Curation Profiles on a variety of subjects have been published. Five were produced from a collaboration between the Libraries and an Agronomy Lab at Purdue University and five were produced by librarians at Cornell. Several more Profiles are under review for publication at this time. Instructions for submitting Data Curation Profiles for publication can be found here.

Data Curation Profile Workshops Complete

The slate of 12 Data Curation Profile Workshops sponsored by the IMLS are complete. Way back in March 2011 we offered the first Data Curation Profiles Workshop at the Computers in Libraries conference in Washington D.C. Just last month, March 2012, we came full circle and offered the 12th DCP Workshop at Computers in Libraries 2012. Thanks to all who attended!

Three Data Curation Profile Workshops Offered in Fall 2012

The Data Curation Profiles Workshop will be offered at the University of Texas in Austin, TX on October 3, 2011, in Monterey, CA as a pre-conference for Internet Librarian on October 15, 2011, and at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY on November 7, 2011.

June 15, 2011

Registration for DCP Workshop in Florida now open

Registration for the Data Curation Profiles Workshop at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL on July 15th is now open. Please visit for more information and to register to attend.

May 15, 2011

Three Additional Workshops Added

Three DCP workshops have been added. On Friday Sept 9, 2011, the CIC will host a DCP Workshop at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. On Monday October 3, 2011, GWLA will host a DCP Workshop at the University of Texas, Austin. And on Thursday March 24, 2012, Computers in Libraries will host a post-conference DCP Workshop in Washington DC. Registration for these workshops will likely open two months or so before the date of the workshop.

April 22, 2011

More Workshops Coming...

We are negotiating three more workshops, one in the Northeast, one in the MidWest, and one South Central. Stay tuned for more details...

April 7, 2011

Hashtag for Twitter

We will be using twitter to disseminate news and events about the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit and the workshops using the hash tag #dcptoolkit. In addition, we encourage workshop attendees and anyone else to use this hash tag when commenting on the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit.

April 4, 2011

GWLA Toolkit Workshop

24 librarians from near (Washington, Oregon, Idaho) and far (Texas, and Hawaii!!) attended the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit workshop at the University of Washington at Seattle. It was a very enthusiastic and interactive group, and a great experience for all. We look forward to hearing back from attendees about their experiences with the Toolkit.

March 24, 2011

Computers in Libraries Toolkit Workshop

Thanks to all the participants at the first workshop! A lot of interesting discussion and questions came up, and we can't wait to see how the Toolkit will be used.

Nov 30, 2010

Soft Launch of the New Data Curation Profiles Website

A new data website to support the dissemination and use of the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit is available at The new website includes access to the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit (registration is required), information on upcoming workshops to teach the use of the Toolkit, and forums to discuss or ask questions about the Toolkit or related issues. The earlier data curation profiles website contining information about the development of the Data Curation Profiles is still available at:

Nov 30, 2010

Data Curation Toolkit Released

For the past year 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. The Data Curation Profile Toolkit is now publicly available at (registration is required). Completed Data Curation Profiles are also publicly available from this site.

Aug 1, 2010

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.