Upcoming Workshops

October 26-27, 2022
Specialized Data Curation Workshop University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Applications now open!
This free two-day training session, uses the CURATE(D) workflow as a training foundation, and will bring together library data specialists, discipline and functional experts in a peer-to-peer learning environment for data curation.

Past Workshops


July 19, 2022
Towards Authenticity: Critical Appraisal of Data Management Plans
Sponsored by NIH/NLM
This is part of the Data Curation Network / NIH Event series.

November 5-6, 2019
Specialized Data Curation Workshop #3, WashU, St. Louis, MO
Sponsored by IMLS and Washington University in St. Louis

  • 28 attendees
  • 1.5 day format
  • 5 data types explored
  • Primers authored from this workshop cohort are in development.

October 18-19, 2019
DCN Curate Model, Canadian Data Curation Forum, Hamilton, ON
Sponsored by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Portage Network in collaboration with McMaster University Library

  • 22 attendees
  • 3 hour format
  • 1 data type explored

April 17-18, 2019
Specialized Data Curation Workshop #2, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Sponsored by IMLS and Johns Hopkins University

October 17-18, 2018
Specialized Data Curation Workshop #1, DLF 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sponsored by the IMLS and hosted in conjunction with the Digital Library Federation Forum (DLF)

July 24-25, 2018
DCN Curators’ Workshop, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Sponsored by the Sloan Foundation and hosted in conjunction with the 2018 DCN All Hands Meeting

  • 21 DCN Data Curators
  • 1.5 day format, flipped classroom style (webinar lecture before in person session), 4 data types explored
  • Outputs from this workshop

December 11-12, 2017
Data Curation Workshop, Washington University in St Louis
Sponsored by IASSIST, Washington University and DCN partner institutions

  • 40 librarians and data curators in attendance
  • 1.5 day format, 5 data types explored

About DCN Curator Workshops

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

All of our workshops teach the CURATED steps that were developed in the planning phase of the DCN and updated with each iteration of the workshop.

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.


Data Curation Primers: Expanding the community curation toolkit (slides), webinar hosted by DataOne September 10, 2019.

Primerpalooza: Introducing Data Curation Primers, RDAP webinar July 22, 2019.


Thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant #RE-85-18-0040-18 sponsoring this work.

Special thanks to DCN Team members Cynthia Hudson Vitale and Hannah Hadley for leading this effort!