What you get by joining in the Data Curation Network

  • Access to a vibrant and inclusive community of practice for professional data curators and data stewards
  • Radical interdependence via cross-institutional collaboration
  • Better data sets through expert curation = more reusable for consumers, and better publications for data authors
  • Ability to influence public policy and shape the role of data curation in the open science and research ecosystem
  • Opportunity to collaborate with DCN members to make a national and even international impact.

We are currently recruiting new members! If you are interested in joining our community, please fill out a Sustaining Member Expression of Interest form. The DCN Membership Committee is also available for information sessions!

DCN Membership Tiers (updated 02/2022)

Sustainer Institution

This is the highest level of participation. Sustainer institutions contribute curator staff to the Network and have full participation in governance. 

Benefits of the Sustainer Tier

  • Radical interdependence: Participate in shared curation model (up to 200 hours)
  • Representation in DCN Governance
  • Travel support ($2k) to annual All Hands Meeting (AHM)
  • Logo on website


Ambassadors invite DCN instructors to teach our 2-day in-person CURATED workshop for local/regional staff.

Benefits of the Ambassador Tier

  • Host a DCN workshop
  • DCN community of practice
  • Invited to present virtually at AHM
  • Logo on website

More background on the DCN membership model can be found in the DCN Sustainability and Transition Plan (Nov 2020).

DCN “Sustainer” Institution 

Your organization will provide:

  • Annual membership fee (starting July 1 each year)– $10,000
  • 10% FTE (200 hours) spread across 2+ data curators 
  • A representative to participate in leadership activities (5% FTE)
  • An advisory committee member (optional – 1% FTE)

The DCN will provide Sustainer Institutions:

  • Access to the Network’s pool of curator expertise, up to 200 hours per year
  • Registration and travel support for up to two (2) participants to attend the annual DCN Community All Hands Meeting
  • Access to DCN community, via listserv and expertise of curators
  • Access to DCN curator training and ongoing support through weekly stand up meetings
  • Opportunities for staff to participate in special interest groups and other
  • professional development activities including conference presentations, grant funded research, and teaching opportunities.
  • Participation in DCN Governance:
    • one (1) vote in DCN governance (via a designated DCN Representative)
    • (optional) one (1) AUL or Executive Director serving on DCN Advisory Board

Institutions wishing to join the DCN at the Sustainer Level should complete an Expression of Interest before April 30.

DCN “Ambassador

Your organization will provide:

  • One-time workshop fee (rates apply to US institutions, others please contact us)
    • Opt 1: $2,500 + your institution provides travel and lodging for three (3) instructors, paid direct to individuals. 
    • Opt 2: $5,500 flat domestic rate. DCN handles all travel arrangements and costs for three (3) instructors. 
  • Meeting space, presentation technology, and internet access for an interactive, 1.5 day workshop for up to 30 people.
  • As host, your organization can choose how to advertise and recruit participants. As an ambassador, your institution will extend specialized data curation education to local staff and/or regional participants. 

The DCN will provide:

  • A 1.5 day specialized data curation workshop taught by 3 instructors
  • Breakfast and lunch for attendees on both days
  • Attendees will have continued access to the DCN community, via a shared listserv and mentored collaboration projects (Data Curation Primers)

Interested in other ways to participate in the DCN?