Workshops are taught by Data Curation Network instructors and have reached over 150 attendees from more than 100 academic libraries, national agencies, museums, and beyond.

The DCN Specialized Data Curation Workshop is based on the CURATE(D) Steps. The curriculum was developed with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS), Grant  #RE-85-18-0040-18. More information about this work can be found on the project website.

The DCN CURATE(D) workshops provide an opportunity for data curators and stewards, information professionals, data specialists, and discipline and functional experts in a peer-to-peer learning environment for data curation. In the workshop, participants implement their skills learned against actual datasets for a unique hands-on experience.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase understanding of data curation practices and tools in various disciplines, data types, and formats.
  • Share expertise and enhance curation capacity for librarians nationwide.
  • Meet like-minded colleagues who are interested in building and extending curation practices at their institutions.


Attendees work over a 6 month period to develop a Data Curation Primers that details the curation steps for a particular data type. Primers developed by past workshop attendees are published in GitHub and in our project repository for open access and reuse.

Day 1 Sample Agenda

9:00 AMWelcome and Registration (w/breakfast)
9:30 AMValue of Curation
10:00 AMCuration Deep Dive #1: C Step
10:30 AMBreak
10:45 PMCuration Deep Dive #1: U Step
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMPrimer Timer → pitch idea of primer topics
1:30 PMCuration Deep Dive #2: R and A Step
2:30 PMBreak
3:00 PMCuration Deep Dive #2: R and A Step
4:00 PMEnd of Day 1
5:30 PMReception

Day 2 Sample Agenda

9:00 AMBreakfast
9:30 AMCoffee w/Data
10:15 AMReview Day 1
10:30 AMCuration Deep Dive #3: T
11:30 PMLunch
12:15 PMCuration Deep Dive #3: E, and D Step
1:15 PMPrimer Time #2
2:00 PMGroup feedback on primer
2:15 PMWrap up
2:30 PMEveryone disperse

Get in touch if you would like to organize a workshop for your staff!

Curriculum Development

The DCN CURATE(D) Workshop Curriculum was developed with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS), Grant  #RE-85-18-0040-18, led by PIs Cynthia Hudson Vitale, Hannah Hadley, and Briana Ezray Wham.

Cynthia Hudson Vitale
Hannah Hadley
Briana Ezray Wham