Selected Publications

The data curation community have been developing a new set of tools - data curation primers. These primers are evolving documents that detail a specific subject, disciplinary area or curation task, and that can be used as a reference or jump-start to curating research data. This paper will provide background on the data curation primers and their content detail the process of their development, highlight the data curation primers published to date, emphasize how curators can incorporate these resources into workflows, and show curators how they can get involved and share their own expertise.
International Journal of Digital Curation

The Data Curation Network (DCN) provides a solution for partners of all sizes to develop or to supplement local curation expertise with the expertise of a resilient, distributed network, and creates a funding stream to both sustain central services and support expansion of distributed expertise over time. This paper presents our next steps for piloting the DCN, scheduled to launch in the spring of 2018 across nine partner institutions.
International Journal of Digital Curation

A growing number of academic journals have increasingly required data sharing and/or replication policies over the last decade. This chapter examines this change in light of larger discussions about data sharing and data availability. We suggest that the growing adoption of data sharing and data management practices presents an opportunity for increased connections and partnerships between libraries and researchers.
In Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice Edited by Lynda Kellam and Kristi Thompson

Recent Publications

  • Extending the Research Data Toolkit: Data Curation Primers

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  • Data Curation Network: A Cross-Institutional Staffing Model for Curating Research Data

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  • Data Sharing Policies in Social Sciences Academic Journals: Evolving Expectations of Data Sharing as a Form of Scholarly Communication

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Recent & Upcoming Talks

Grants and Projects

NSF: Leveraging Data Communities to Advance Open Science

This workshop will advance scientific community readiness to share dataset metadata and create evidence-based practices to maximize the impact of that sharing. The workshop will do this by addressing the need for focused collaboration between scientists and information and technology professionals to understand, support, and promote the growth of “data communities,” formal or informal networks of scientists who voluntarily share and reuse a particular type of data.

Data Curation Network

The Data Curation Network project brings together the perspectives of research data librarians, academic library administration, and data curation subject experts from seven major academic institutions and the Dyrad Digital Repository to build a shared data curation service model that expands the capacity and expertise in data curation across the network.

Digital Durham: Past, Present, Future (2017-2018)

The Digital Durham archive project began in 1999. Since then, the project has seen continual use from academic, community and K-12 educators and students. This Bass Connections project will update and enhance the Digital Durham infrastructure and content.

IMLS Building the Digital Curation Workforce: Advancing Specialized Data Curation

The past few years have seen an increased demand for academic library staff to provide faculty and students with data management and curation services. Washington University in St. Louis, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, Cornell University, Duke University, and Johns Hopkins University, members of the Data Curation Network, will develop and implement an intermediate to advanced data management and curation training program for library staff. The program will address the need for discipline-focused library staff to gain confidence in research data services, as well as the need for research data, repository, and archival staff to enhance their discipline-specific knowledge.


As part of the Data and Visualization Workshop Series, I often offer workshops on a variety of data related topics such as the R analytics language, data management, and digital mapping tools. Recent examples include: