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

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…

Get to Know DCN Curator Brandie Pullen!

April 25, 2024

Brandie Pullen is the Resident Librarian working in Data Curation at Virginia Tech Library. Brandie was interviewed by Sherry Lake in March 2024. How did you come to your current position? Coming out of college I knew I wanted to work in Libraries, something “behind the scenes.” I started working in metadata and cataloging, doing…

Applications Open and Date Announcement: Summit for Academic Institutional Readiness in Data Sharing (STAIRS)

April 10, 2024

Set your calendars – the Summit for Academic Institutional Readiness in Data Sharing (STAIRS) will be held August 5-6 2024 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities! The STAIRS team is also delighted to announce that applications for the summit are open now through May 17, 2024. Interested participants can view a PDF version of…

Expressions of Interest Open: RADS 2 and DCN Membership

April 5, 2024

The Data Curation Network and the members of the Realities of Academic Data Sharing (RADS) Initiative are pleased to announce the expansion of the RADS project to include additional institutions. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the DCN are seeking five US-based academic libraries to join a research project focused on understanding the costs…

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