For immediate release | April 1, 2013

2013 ACRL STS Innovation Award goes to Distributed Data Curation Center

CHICAGO – The Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), based in the Research Department of the Purdue University Libraries, has been selected as 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 $3,000 cash award, donated by IEEE, will be presented during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

“The Data Curation Profiles Toolkit exemplifies innovation, providing a flexible and interactive framework for libraries to become involved in the data management needs of their campuses,” said award co-chairs, Elizabeth Berman of the University of Vermont and Rachel Borchardt of American University. “In particular, libraries and librarians can use this toolkit to begin meaningful conversations with faculty and administrators about the preservation of data, while building a community around data management.”

The Data Curation Profiles Toolkit is designed to capture requirements for specific data generated by researchers as articulated by the researchers themselves. It enables librarians and others to make informed decisions in working with data of this form, from this research area or sub-discipline. Profiles can be uploaded to the project’s website for public use.

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.


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David Free

Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

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