Practice Article

Conceptualizing Data Curation Activities Within Two Academic Libraries

  • Sophia Lafferty-Hess (Duke University)
  • Julie Rudder (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Moira Downey (Duke University)
  • Susan Ivey (North Carolina State University)
  • Jennifer Darragh (Duke University)
  • Rebekah Kati (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


INTRODUCTION As funders and journals increasingly create policies that require effective data management and data sharing, many institutions have developed research data management (RDM) programs to help researchers meet these mandates. While there is not a standard set of services for these RDM programs, some institutions, particularly those with repositories that accept data deposits, provide data curation services as a way to add value to research data and help make data more accessible and reusable. Stakeholder communities within the field, such as the Data Curation Network (DCN), are also developing guidelines, procedures, and best practices to support and expand data curation practices. DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT This paper examines the data curation activities defined by the DCN, and describes an activity undertaken by library staff at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to create a structured model of these tasks to more easily conceptualize and communicate data curation within these two institutional settings. The purpose of this paper is to describe how this model provided a basis for the implementation and expansion of data curation services at each institution and concludes with overall lessons learned. NEXT STEPS As we develop our services, libraries have an opportunity to make the often-invisible work of curation more transparent. This paper aims to provide a point of reference for other libraries as they consider how to scale up their data curation programs as well as contribute to discussions around prioritization of services, program assessment, and communication with stakeholders.

Keywords: data curation, data sharing, data repositories, institutional repositories

How to Cite:

Lafferty-Hess, S., Rudder, J., Downey, M., Ivey, S., Darragh, J. & Kati, R., (2020) “Conceptualizing Data Curation Activities Within Two Academic Libraries”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 8(1), eP2347. doi:

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Published on
19 Jul 2020
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