In April, we shared our new research project, “Sustaining Open Research: Institutional Repository Readiness,” which focuses on supporting IRs that share data in demonstrating alignment with and evaluation of the Desirable Characteristics of Data Repositories for Federally Funded Research (DC-DR). As part of this work, we are hosting a series of virtual learning days that include lecture, discussion, and exercises. Each session will have a different topic and set of exercises– and while each session can be attended individually, we invite those that are able to participate in all of them, as the content is cumulative. For those that cannot attend, we plan to record the presentations.

We are finalizing our plans, but we invite you to save the date for our first session:

Wednesday, July 12, 11:00am-12:30pm Eastern

Funding Agencies and the Desirable Characteristics 

Join the Data Curation Network to hear from representatives at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the Department of Transportation and the USDA, and learn how each institution is responding to the evolving requirements to make research data publicly accessible. Full speaker list and information below the registration link.

Presenters will speak for a total of 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A, and 30 minutes of discussion in breakout rooms.

There is no limit to the number of attendees, but registration is required. 

This will be the first event in our series. During the remainder of Summer 2023, we plan to host additional virtual learning sessions about topics related to data sharing readiness, institutional data services, and the roles of institutional repositories in making federally funded research available. Stay tuned for updates on our series! 


Peter Arbuckle (pronouns: he/him) is the Branch Chief of Scientific Data Management at the National Agricultural Library and the US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Services. He was previously the Product Manager for the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Commons, a data repository that supports supply chain energy, material, and environmental impact accounting. He earned his Master of Science in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan. 

Leighton L Christiansen (pronouns: they/them) has been serving as the Data Curator at the National Transportation Library, and as part of the team leading implementation of the U.S. DOT Public Access Plan, since May 2016. In that role, Leighton was part of the team of federal employees that authored “Desirable Characteristics of Data Repositories for Federally Funded Research.” Leighton studied Library and Information Science, and Data Curation at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2009 to 2012.

Ashley Farley (she/her): Over the past decade Ashley has worked in both academic and public libraries, focusing on digital inclusion and facilitating access to scholarly content.

She completed her Masters in Library and Information Sciences through the University of Washington’s Information School.

Ashley is the Program Officer of Knowledge and Research Services at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In this capacity she leads the foundation’s Open Access Policy’s implementation and associated initiatives. This includes leading the work of Gates Open Research, a transparent and revolutionary publishing platform. Other core activities involve supporting the strategic and operational aspects of the foundation’s library. This work has sparked a passion for open access, believing that freely accessible knowledge has the power to improve and save lives.

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