The Data Curation Network held its 2nd Annual All Hands Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 17th – 19th, 2019. This year’s meeting was quite a bit larger than last year’s with 36 DCN members in attendance representing each of our 10 partner institutions (welcome WashU and NYU!). The all-day business meeting kicked off on Wednesday July 17th. We were joined by Laurie Arp and Tom Clareson, our LYRASIS consultants helping us work on developing a sustainability plan, and our 2019 project advisory panel.

2019 panelists included:

During the business meeting, our one year of accomplishments were shared. For example, since the DCN went live on January 2019:

  • Datasets curated – 28
  • Median turnaround time – 3 days
  • Average curation time – 2.84 hours
  • Median response time – 2.5 hours
  • DCN curation has resulted in significant curation actions being taken such as detecting missing files or errors being corrected.

Curator Workshop

The two-day Curator Workshop built on last year’s event by focusing on skill-building, building community, providing an discussing the network’s accomplishments since the first All Hands Meeting in July of 2018 (among them launching the network and curating 30 datasets) and benefits and barriers to participating in the network.

Skill-building activities included a Dataset Deep Dive, where curators formed small groups and curated datasets using the CURATE steps and documenting their work in Jira, as well as volunteer curators leading mini-workshops in their area of expertise:

  • 3D images
  • R
  • data de-identification
  • SPSS
  • Globus
DCN Curators learn about SPSS data

This year’s event was a great success and it was so nice to have everyone together for a few days to celebrate our accomplishments and set a course for the next year!

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