Duke University, in collaboration with other members of the DCN, have received an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant to support the development of specialized curriculum for data curation training for academic library and archives staff. This project will draw together DCN members and others across the library and archives community to create in-depth and customized training and resources in geospatial, scientific images, code, and simulation data. This will build on the previous IMLS Workshop grant, and will include expanding the CURATE(D) workflow, developing tailored curation guidance, and fostering community engagement around these data types.

This grant is led by Principal Investigator (PI) Sophia Lafferty-Hess (above).

Project Team

This grant has several key personnel. Each cohort — Geospatial, Code, Scientific Images, and Simulation, is led by a DCN mentor.

In addition to PI, Lafferty-Hess, Cynthia Hudson Vitale and Mikala Narlock will serve as conduits to the DCN Education Committee and wider DCN activities.

Cohort Members

The work will be completed by cohorts. We are pleased to have the support of the following participants:


Mentor: Seth Erickson

  • Greg Janée, Director, Library Research Data Services, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Nick Ruhs, Research Data Management Librarian, Florida State University
  • Talya Cooper, Software Curation Specialist, New York University
  • Kaypounyers Maye, Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data, Tulane University

Simulation data

Mentor: Wanda Marsolek

  • L. Wynholds, Research Data Librarian, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Heather Shimon, Science & Engineering Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Fernando Rios, Research Data Management Specialist, University of Arizona
  • Girmaye Misgna, Mapping & Geospatial Data Librarian, University of Pennsylvania

Scientific images

Mentor: Neggin Keshavarzian

  • Mariah Kenney, Data Curator and Metadata Librarian, Brain Image Library
  • Amy Schuler, Director, Information Services & Library, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Sarah Wright, Research Data and Life Sciences Librarian, Cornell University
  • Paul Gignac, Associate Professor, Director of Global Graduate Programs, University of Arizona College of Medicine


Mentor: Jennifer Moore

  • Leighton L Christiansen, Data Curator, National Transportation Library, US DOT
  • Kelly Grove, GIS and Earth Sciences Librarian, Florida State University
  • Tim Norris, Data Scientist, University of Miami Libraries
  • Melinda Kernik, Spatial Data Analyst and Curator, University of Minnesota

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