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The Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), based in the Research Department of the Purdue University Libraries, is the 2013 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) Innovation in Science and Technology Librarianship Award for their work on the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit.

The award was presented during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this past weekend.

“Purdue Libraries, and its Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), are honored to receive the ACRL STS Innovation Award for work on the Data Curation Profile Toolkit, said Jake Carlson, associate professor and data services specialist, Purdue University.  “It is extremely gratifying to know that our peers recognize this work as cutting edge.  As is often the case, many others have contributed in some way to its success, from co-PIs at the Graduate School of Librarian and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, to subject librarians at Purdue, UIUC and Cornell, to library schools such as University of Michigan or University of North Carolina who are using it to educate new librarians, and to DataNet participants such as those at University of Tennessee who are using it to interview scientists.”

The goal of the DCP Toolkit was to develop a practical means for librarians to engage with researchers about issues in managing, sharing and archiving their data,  with the intent of enabling librarians to work with researchers to address real-world data needs.  Work in this area continues through other projects sponsored by the D2C2 including the Data Curation Profiles Directory for publishing Profiles; the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), which offers a suite of services for researchers to manage and publish their data; and the Data Information Literacy (DIL) Project to develop educational programming for teaching data management and curation competencies to graduate students.

The Distributed Data Curation Center is coordinated by D. Scott Brandt, associate dean for research and professor; Jake Carlson, associate professor and data services specialist; and Michael Witt, assistant professor and interdisciplinary research librarian, all of Purdue University.   If you know of anyone who is or has used the Data Curation Profile Toolkit, please contact Jake Carlson (jrcarlso@purdue.ed) or Lisa Zilinski  (lzilins@purdue.edu).”


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