Code of Conduct

The Data Curation Network (DCN) is a collaborative project that includes institutional representatives and curators from a range of institutions and organizations. These individuals represent a broad range of identities and backgrounds. This diversity is an asset to the project and to many collaborative projects. Consequently, the Data Curation Network adheres to this Code of Conduct based on the Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct and Geoblacklight Code of Conduct as guiding principles for our work together.

Our Pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as project members, curators, and institutional representatives pledge to making participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contribute to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for the community
  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing or sharing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

Our Responsibilities

The group of ‘DCN  Representatives’ are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

DCN Representatives have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.


This Code of Conduct applies both within project spaces and in public spaces when an individual is representing the project or its community. Examples of representing a project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers. This code of conduct will not supersede any terms and conditions in place by a project member’s parent institution.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting the project lead, Lisa Johnston at, or the project coordinator, Liza Coburn at Complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. We cannot guarantee confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident, but will proceed with discretion and treat every reporter with respect. No member of the project may retaliate against an individual because of the individual’s good faith reporting. Further details of specific enforcement procedures may be posted separately.

Project members who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by the Data Curation Network Representatives.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4, available at