Data Curation Profiles Workshop

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January 18th, 2012

Registration is closed. Thanks for your interest.


Boston University, Monday March 19, 2012, 8:30-5:00


Workshop Instructor: Jake Carlson, Purdue University Libraries

Hosted by Boston University
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Co-sponsored by Purdue University and the Digital Library Foundation

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A Data Curation Profiles (DCP) Workshop on Monday, March 19, 2012 will be hosted by Boston University. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is funding a limited number of workshops to train librarians in the application and use of the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit.

There is no registration fee and there are 30 seats available for this event. More than one participant may register from any one institution; however we ask that no more than four register from any one institution. Otherwise, registration will be first come, first served.

Workshop Background

Librarians have an opportunity to play a vital role in the development and stewardship of publicly accessible collections of research data sets—i.e., data curation. However, working with data is a new, unfamiliar area for many. The Data Curation Profiles (DCP) Toolkit is a set of inter-related resources for librarians who need to gather information about data that may be published, shared, and archived for re-use and dissemination. The DCP Toolkit can be used as a means for launching discussions among librarians and faculty, for exploring research data needs, and helping to plan for the development of data services.

More information about the DCP Toolkit can be found at:


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 confronting libraries.

[Note: The Data Curation Profiles 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.]


The workshop’s intended audience is practicing librarians who work with data as a valuable research output intended for dissemination or repository collection. The sponsoring organizations would like to encourage those who intend to use the Toolkit to register.


Workshop participants who complete a Data Curation Profile for 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 the summer of 2012 at Purdue University.


Room 426, 4th floor, School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215

Tentative Schedule

8:30 – Welcome and Introductions; Reasons for the Workshop and Background
9:00 – Data Curation Overview
9:30 – The Data Curation Profiles Research
10:00 – Uses of the Data Curation Profiles
10:30 – Break
10:45 – Components of the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit
11:15 – Constructing a Profile: Preparation & Interviewing
12:00 – Lunch (provided)
1:15 – Primary Module: The Data Lifecycle
2:15 – Primary Module: Data Sharing
3:00 – Secondary Module: Organization & Description;
3:30 – Secondary Module: Intellectual Property
4:00 – Constructing a Profile: Tips and Techniques
4:30 – Wrap Up

Questions? Contact us!

Jack Ammerman (
Linda Plunket (
Jake Carlson (

Registration is closed. Thanks for your interest.

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