Workshops on Using the Data Curation Profile as a Means to Engage Researchers
D. Scott Brandt, Jacob R. Carlson
Purdue University Libraries
(Funding provided by IMLS)
Background—Academic Librarians and Data Curation: Many in the library world believe librarians have an opportunity to play a vital role in development and stewardship of publicly accessible collections of research data sets, a process often referred to as data curation. However, working with data is a new, unfamiliar area for many librarians. The issues involved in identifying, selecting and managing data can be complex and confusing. There are few established roles, services or tools for librarians for interacting in this environment.
Data Curation Profile (DCP) Toolkit: The Data Curation Profile (DCP) is a tool for librarians, and others, who want or need to gather information about data generated and used in research that may be published, shared, and archived for re-use and dissemination. The Data Curation Profile Toolkit is a set of inter-related resources designed to capture information about data generated by single scientists/scholars/labs based on their needs and preferences for these data. The DCP Toolkit can be used as a means for launching discussions between librarians and faculty, for exploring research data needs, and helping to plan for the development of data services. [Note: The Data Curation Profile is not a direct solution to a data management plan, nor a guide to curating data for ingest and archiving. However, it is a tool which may help facilitate these activities.]
Workshops: With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), we will present a limited number of full day workshops at venues across the US throughout 2011. The scope of these workshops is to train participants in the application and use of the Data Curation Profile Toolkit. Hosts for workshops provide a training room with Internet and projection, handle registration and provisions for lunch, and coordinate publicity and arrangements for attendees. Host institutions are asked to fill only 20% of the 30 seats available for any given workshop with their own participants and to ensure the same is true for participants from other institutions (i.e., we are trying for wide distribution within the audience). Otherwise attendance is on a first-come-first-served basis. Workshop presenters provide pre- and post-tests, handouts, training and limited consultation during the workshop. Accommodations and travel for presenters is covered.
Goals: The workshop will build the skills and abilities of information professionals to discuss data with researchers. Through learning about the application and use of the Data Curation Profiles, this workshop will provide participants with a broad understanding of data curation issues, especially as they relate to Libraries. We believe this approach will provide librarians with a better understanding of where they fit in the data curation landscape, both generally and specifically at their institution.
Audience: The intended audiences for this workshop are academic librarians of all kinds, special librarians at research facilities, archivists involved in the preservation of digital data, and those who support digital repositories. The workshop is primarily targeted at educating practicing librarians who need or want to participate in efforts to address data as a valuable research output, particularly for dissemination and/or repository collection
Collaboration: Workshop participants who complete a Data Curation Profile at their institution and submit it for publication on the Data Curation Profile website will be eligible for an expenses paid trip to present their work and experiences in developing and using Profiles at a symposium and wrap-up session in May of 2012 at Purdue University.