The Data Curation Network project team includes representatives from each DCN partner institution: University of Minnesota (lead), Cornell University, Dryad Digital Repository, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Penn State University, University of Illinois, University of Michigan and the Washington University in St. Louis.

DCN representatives are managers and directors of their local curation services and often have supervisory responsibilities for the DCN Curators who contribute staff time to the project.

DCN Representatives

Lisa R Johnston
University of Minnesota

Lisa R. Johnston, the Research Data Management/Curation Lead and director of the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) ( at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Libraries. Johnston coordinates the library’s efforts around research data management and leads a team of five data curation experts for archiving research data in DRUM. Since 2012, Johnston has also served as the co-director of the University of Minnesota’s institutional repository for research and publications, the University Digital Conservancy ( Johnston is the co-editor (with Jacob Carlson) of Data Information Literacy: Librarians, Data, and the Education of a New Generation of Researchers (2015, Purdue University Press) and editor of Curating Research Data: Practical Strategies for your Digital Repository (2017, ACRL Press).

Mara Blake
Johns Hopkins University

Mara Blake is the Data Services Manager at the Sheridan Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University. In this position, Blake leads the Data Management Services and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services for the library, including the JHU Data Archive ( Previously, Blake worked on the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Data Project, a multi-institutional collaborative project to create a shared collection of metadata and discovery interface for geospatial data resources. 

Jake Carlson
University of Michigan

Jake Carlson is the Research Data Services Manager at the University of Michigan Library. Carlson oversees the creation, implementation and operation of Research Data Services (RDS) at the Library, which includes Deep Blue Data, launched in 2016. RDS at Michigan is centered on harnessing the diverse knowledge and expertise of all librarians across the library in managing, organizing, describing, sharing and preserving information and applying it towards understanding and addressing researcher needs with their data. Carlson is a primary architect of the Data Curation Profile Toolkit ( and the PI of the Data Information Literacy project ( He is the co-editor (with Lisa Johnston) of Data Information Literacy: Librarians, Data, and the Education of a New Generation of Researchers (2015, Purdue University Press) and the author of numerous articles on roles for librarians in managing and curating research data.

Erin Clary
Dryad Digital Repository

Erin Clary, Senior Curator for Dryad Digital Repository. Erin has an undergraduate degree in Biology, and an MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She works with a small team of curators to archive data in a wide variety of formats and disciplines, most commonly data from the life sciences and biomedical sciences. She is interested in issues surrounding open scholarship, data reusability, and data citation, as well as the development of shared resources and standards that will assist researchers and data curators.

Elizabeth Coburn
University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Coburn, Project Coordinator for the Data Curation Network at the University of Minnesota. Elizabeth oversees daily operations and coordinates the activities of the DCN. She completed her BA at Grinnell College, and her MLIS specializing in Data Curation at the University of Illinois. Most recently, Elizabeth consulted in the area of web and software development specializing in metadata, Islandora, data curation, large-scale data migrations, and project management. Previously, she completed internships at the National Library of Medicine and the National Snow and Ice Data Center before serving as the Data Librarian at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Hannah Hadley
Pennsylvania State University

Hannah Hadley, Project Manager for the IMLS DCN data curation training grant at Pennsylvania State University Libraries, Digital Scholarship and Data Services. The two year grant funds three data curation education workshops between 2018 and 2019. Hannah has a B.S. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MLIS from Drexel University. Her research interests include data curation and scientific research using archival sources. She is pleased to serve the data librarian community in this effort to education and share curation experience. 

Joel Herndon
Duke University

Joel Herndon, Head of Data and Visualization Services in Duke University Libraries. In this position, Herndon leads the libraries’ programs providing consulting and training for data management, data visualization, digital mapping, and data analysis. Herndon’s recent research considers the evolution of data management requirements in social science journals and how research libraries can provide consultation and training to meet these publishing requirements. Recent projects include the launch of Duke’s new Edge research space, the ICPSR-led Learning to Curate project, and the TLRN Research Data Management and Use Task Force.

Cynthia Hudson-Vitale
Pennsylvania State University

Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Head of Digital Scholarship and Data Services at Pennsylvania State University. In this position, Hudson-Vitale leads digital scholarship services for the University, which include services in support of digital humanities, research data management, maps and GIS, data analysis, and open publishing. Hudson-Vitale has worked on several funded faculty projects to facilitate data sharing and interoperability, while also providing scaleable curation services for the entire University population. Hudson-Vitale currently serves as the Visiting Program Officer for SHARE with the Association of Research Libraries.

Heidi Imker
University of Illinois

Heidi Imker is Associate Dean and Associate University Librarian for Research, Director for the Research Data Service, and Associate Professor of the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Imker came to the University Library in 2014 to become the Director of Illinois’ Research Data Service (RDS). The Illinois RDS is a campus-wide initiative that provides the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research data. Prior to this position, Imker was the Executive Director of a large scale collaborative grant funded by NIH, called the Enzyme Function Initiative. There Imker was the co-director of the Data Core which aimed to manage, disseminate, and integrate research data produced by 15 different research groups across the disciplines of microbiology, metabolomics, molecular biology, structural biology, enzymology, and computational biology.

Janice Jaguszewski
University of Minnesota

Janice Jaguszewski is Associate University Librarian for the Health Sciences Libraries, and currently Interim Associate University Librarian for Research & Learning for the Sciences, at the University of Minnesota. Over the past 12 years, she has provided strategic leadership and built capacity for the development of the Libraries’ research data services.  Janice is currently planning for a new Health Sciences Library that will include a Data + Visualization Center and educational programming integrated into the curriculum.  She also has a passion for organization development, with a focus on coaching, strategic planning, and change management, and has presented to and consulted with a wide variety academic libraries.

Wendy Kozlowski
Cornell University

Wendy Kozlowski, Data Curation Specialist at Cornell University. Kozlowski is coordinator of the Cornell Research Data Management Services Group (RDMSG), a cross-campus, collaborative organization that provides data management services to faculty, staff and students throughout the entire research process. Operating within Cornell University Library’s Metadata Services group and as part of the library’s institutional repository (eCommons) administrative team, Kozlowski is the point person for both repository-wide and scientific metadata, and works with subject liaisons to curate data sets deposited into eCommons. Kozlowski also serves as chair of the library’s Repository Executive Group.

Hoa Luong
University of Illinois

Hoa Luong is the Research Data Specialist at the Research Data Service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Previously, Hoa was a graduate assistant at Chemistry and Grainger Engineering libraries where she worked on Grainger’s massive DMP review project and other engineering-related projects. She also interned with the Illinois Advancement in Data Analytics. Currently, Hoa leads the data curation efforts for Illinois Data Bank. Hoa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science & Human Nutrition at UIUC and earned her MLIS degree from the iSchool.

Tim McGeary
Duke University

Tim McGeary is currently the Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Technology. In his role, Tim provides leadership for information technology services and operations within the Duke University Libraries, including management of Data and Visualization Services, Digital Curation Services, Digital Collections, Software Development & Integration Services, Core Services, and Discovery Services. Tim has presented nationally and regionally on library technology development, managing electronic resources, open source solutions, and the Open Library Environment (OLE). He is also published on topics of library technology and managing electronic resources as an investment portfolio. Tim came to Duke University from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as the Director of Library & Information Technology. Prior to that, he served as the Team Leader of Library Technology for Lehigh University. Tim received a B.A. in Music and an M.S. in Information and Systems Engineering from Lehigh University, with his thesis on a multi-period capital budgeting model of subscriptions to electronic resources.

Jennifer Moore
Washington University

Jennifer Moore serves as the Data Services Coordinator and a Social Sciences Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work includes digital data management, data curation, 3D capture and preservation, and GIS. She is a PI on the IMLS grant, Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP), which brings stakeholders together to establish agreement on how to make 3D data long-lasting as well as co-PI on the IMLS Specialized Data Curation Workshop grant.

Katie Wissel
New York University

Katie Wissel is a Data Services Librarian at New York University, where she assists researchers with data sourcing, management, and storage. Prior to coming to NYU, Katie was a faculty librarian at Seton Hall University where she was a founding member of the Data Management Working Group, served as a lead on the University’s Digital Humanities Committee, and developed Data Literacy programming. Katie holds an MBA with concentrations in economics and finance and has worked for a leading financial data company.