Talk on "Data Curation: Education and Current Research" at Dalhousie University

The Social Media Lab at the School of Information Management, Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University is pleased to announce a talk by Dr. Melissa Cragin entitled: Data Curation: Education and Current Research. The talk will be held next Monday (July 26, 2010) at 13:00  in the ROWE Management Building, rm. 4025.  You can sign up for this free event, which includes a great speaker, discussions on an important emerging field in Information Management, a light lunch and a great networking opportunity, by emailing to Philip Mai ([email protected]) by Friday, July 23, 2010.


Digital curation has emerged as an important area for Library and Information Science research, and is of particular interest for academic and research libraries. The content foci, digitization, and workflows of digital curation are well aligned with the existing digital libraries knowledge-base; however, the sub-field of data curation involves a range of additional problems that will need to be better understood. Data curation is the active and on-going management of research data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education.

We anticipate that libraries will have increasing responsibility for the stewardship of research data, and begin to take on significant and varied roles in the development and implementation of cyberinfrastructure initiatives at their institutions. This work will have an impact: How we shape our collective data structures will, ultimately, reshape how data assets contribute to science. This talk will address current research in the field of data curation, the National Science Foundation’s DataNet initiative, and the development of the Data Curation Education Program at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign.


Melissa Cragin is a Research Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She conducts research in the area of scholarly and scientific communication, focused on scientific data practices and the emerging field of data curation. As an investigator at the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), she is part of the Data Practices team of the NSF-funded Data Conservancy, and the PI for the IMLS-funded Data Curation Education Program (DCEP). Dr. Cragin has a MLIS from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her dissertation work investigated the functions of shared data collections in neuroscience.