The Data Curation Profiles are the result of a collaboration between the Purdue University Libraries and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  This research was conducted from 2007 to 2010 and was supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Research Project Overview - Investigators from Purdue and UIUC sought to address the question, "Which researchers are willing to share data, when, with whom, and under what conditions?" The goals of the project were:

  • enriching understanding of access to (or sharing of) data and related curation by conducting case studies of researchers' data practices
  • translating and comparing needs for archiving and sharing data in curation profiles
  • converting the results into formalized policies that can be used by repositories to enhance curation and access to data collections

Specific outcomes included determining if there were 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.
Research Project Description - To identify the needs of researchers with regard to their data, project personnel conducted interviews, surveys and observations of the researchers. The interviews were used to gather information about the scientific workflow of each researcher and their range of research outputs (e.g., raw data through published forms), as well as to identify their needs for discovery, access, usage and re-use of data. Disciplines covered in the study included:

  • Agronomy & Soil Science
  • Anthropology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Geology
  • Horticulture & Plant Science
  • Kinesiology
  • Speech & Hearing

There were overlaps in three disciplines between Purdue and UIUC, and the interviewers on each site conducted interviews with three or more researchers within at least one discipline to generate discipline-specific case studies. The information gathered from the interviews and survey were then analyzed and Data Curation Profiles were developed for each researcher.
For more information about the development of the Data Curation Profiles, see:

Project Personnel:
Principal Investigator D. Scott Brandt is a Professor of Library Science, the Associate Dean for Research, and the acting Director of the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2) at Purdue University. He has published and presented extensively in the area of teaching and integrating technology and libraries, and his current work deals with incorporating librarians and library science into interdisciplinary research.

Co-Principal Investigators:
Jacob ("Jake") Carlson is a Data Research Scientist in the D2C2 at Purdue University. In his work at the center, he investigates and pursues innovative solutions for organizing, preserving and providing access to research data collections as information assets in complex environments.

Melissa H. Cragin is the Visiting Program Coordinator for the IMLS-funded Data Curation Education Program at GSLIS, where she is a sixth year doctoral student. Her research concerns scientific information work and scholarly communication; she is writing her dissertation on the development and use of shared scientific data collections.

P. Bryan Heidorn is an Associate Professor of Library Science at GSLIS. His recent research interests include scientific information extraction as well as information infrastructure to integration of scientist's data, sensor data, and citizen participation in biodiversity informatics. Many of his projects include substantial educational experiences for undergraduates, graduate students and adult non-university participants. 

Carole L. Palmer is an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science. Her current research concentrates on the role of information in interdisciplinary research, the information environments of neuroscientists and humanities scholars and the impact of interoperability efforts on access to digital collections. 

Sarah Shreeves is the Coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), UIUC's institutional repository. Her most recent work involves developing best practices for creating shareable metadata and issues and applications of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. 

Michael Witt is an Assistant Professor of Library Science and Interdisciplinary Research Librarian at Purdue University. His research deals with the development of data repositories with a focus on web services and middleware that allow disparate systems and users to interact.
Subject Librarians:
Mary Beth Allen is the Head of the Applied Health Science Library and an Associate Professor of Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Marianne S. Bracke is the Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist at the Purdue University Libraries and an Associate Professor of Library Science at Purdue University.

Jeremy Garitanno is the Acting Head of the M.G. Mellon Library of Chemistry, the Chemical Information Specialist at the Purdue University Libraries and an Associate Professor of Library Science at Purdue University. 

JoAnn Jacoby is the Anthropology and Sociology Subject Specialist and an Associate Professor of Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Lura Joseph is the Geology and Digital Projects Librarian and an Associate Professor of Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Chris Miller is the GIS Librarian and an Assistant Professor of Library Science at the Purdue University Libraries.
The Graduate Personnel:
Deborah Leiter is a DeKruyter Graduate Scholar in Communication and a Frederick N. Andrews Fellow in the school of communication at Purdue University, where she is a second-year doctoral student. Formerly an information architect and corporate librarian for a division of HarperCollins Publishers, her current research interests in communication zero in on the intersections between media, narrative and society. 

Marina Kogan is a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Natasha Brown is a first-year doctoral student in the department of communication at Purdue University. Her research interests focus on health communication.

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