We are the Data Curation Network

As professional data curators, data management experts, data repository administrators, disciplinary scientists and scholars we represent academic institutions and non-profit data repositories that steward research data for future use.

What we do

We strive to build a trusted community-led network of curators advancing open research by making data more ethical, reusable, and understandable.

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Our Values

Open.  We share data curation techniques that are practical, transparent and available to all.

Trusted. We add value to data while maintaining data integrity and upholding the ethical responsibilities of data sharing.

Inclusive. We foster an accessible and welcoming environment to equitably support all participants.

CollaborativeWe build an innovative community of practice for data curation.

Empowering. We advocate for data professionals by providing a pipeline for training data curators, promoting data curation practices and enriching capacities for data curation writ large.

Recent blog posts

NoCTURN + DCN Reflections

June 12, 2024

This post was authored by Mikala Narlock, DCN Director. In May 2024, I had the opportunity to attend the NoCTURN All Network Meeting, held at the University of Florida in Gainesville. I am incredibly grateful to the planning committee for the kind invitation to present at and attend the meeting, especially project PIs Morgan Chase,…

Introducing the 2024 NCDS Data Curation Network Interns

June 5, 2024

This post was authored by Shawna Taylor, Project Manager, Open Science, at the Association of Research Libraries. For the third year in a row, we are pleased to announce that the Data Curation Network has been selected as a site host for the National Center for Data Services (NCDS) Data Services Internship Program, led by…

All Hands 2024 in 4 Pictures

May 24, 2024

This post was authored by Mikala Narlock, DCN Director. Our annual conference is my favorite gathering. It’s the only time the majority of DCN members will be in the same room until next year– and as a result, we condense a year’s worth of learning, discussions, and camaraderie into four days. It is a truly…

Get to Know DCN Curator Alexandra Provo!

May 22, 2024

Alexandra Provo is the Research Curation Librarian at NYU. Alexandra was interviewed by Brandie Pullen in April 2024. How did you come to your current position? I was working in metadata before, and I enjoyed that a lot – the mix of technical work and project work. But I also really enjoyed teaching workshops, and…

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