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

All Hands 2024: How we’ve grown since 2018

July 11, 2024

This post was authored by Jen Darragh, Senior Research Data Management Consultant at Duke University. It’s hard to believe it’s already July (seriously if someone could tell me where May and June went I’d love to hear it), and I promised I would write a reflection on what planning and hosting the 7th DCN All…

Three areas of needed research discovered at AHM ‘24

June 27, 2024

This post was authored by Brandie Pullen, Resident Librarian – Data Curation at Virginia Tech and Curator at Large, July 2023-June 2025. This year’s Data Curation Network’s All Hands Meeting was held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. As someone with chronic illnesses and disabilities, I didn’t know if I’d be able to make…

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…

The Data Curation Network is hosted by the University of Minnesota Libraries.