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Data curator: who is s/he?

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Presentation by Anna Maria Tammaro, IFLA at RDA National Event in Florence, Italy, November 2016

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Data curator: who is s/he?

  1. 1. Data curator: who is s/he? Anna Maria Tammaro IFLA
  2. 2. Outline • Role definition and evolving set of competencies and skills • Curriculum frameworks • Is the theoretical foundation and knowledge base of LIS able to provide frameworks for data curation education? • Is a librarian role? An IFLA investigation first findings
  3. 3. Methodology The study included two phases of data collection and was designed using a mixed-method strategy: Phase I: Content Analysis of Job Announcements • Quantitative: Job descriptions Phase II: Interviews with Data Curators • Qualitative: Interviews and feedback from academia, industry and the Data curation community in different Areas • Literature and documentary review
  4. 4. Aims and objectives Goal • to identify key responsibilities of data curators Objectives • to develop a glossary that should help to better define the profession • and to support education and training teachers/professionals to develop appropriate educational curricula.
  5. 5. The role definition and competencies gap ● Data curation has emerged rapidly within professional and research practice ● Lifecycle management of data, researcher workflow ● Evolving more rapidly than higher education curricula or professional training ● Skill requirements for professionals in data curation continues to be defined (Kim, Warga, & Moen, 2013; Osswald, 2013) ● It is an area of inter-disciplinary research and practice Copenhagen, AIS&T October 18th, 2016 5
  6. 6. How, when, where, by whom? Is the theoretical foundation and knowledge base of LIS able to provide frameworks for data curation education? What are the educational qualifications and competencies required of data curators in your country? How has LIS education supported professional preparation of data curators so far? Copenhagen, AIS&T October 18th, 2016 6
  7. 7. Curriculum Frameworks Comprehensive curriculum frameworks ● Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe project (DigCurV) ● Digital Curation Curriculum Project (DigCCurr) 7
  8. 8. Higher Education curricula New data curation programs • Open Science • Data curation • Digital scholarship Expanded programs • archival studies, • library and information science (LIS) • computer science Certificate programs • Units, Modules with a focus on specific domains
  9. 9. Level of qualifications • Bachelor education • computer science, • engineering, • health sciences, • and history. • Masters in library and information science (MLIS) • PhD
  10. 10. Is a librarian role? Different position titles including • coordinator of data curation and scholarly communications, • data curation librarian, • data librarian, • data curation scientist, • digital curation coordinator, • e-research project officer, project scientist, • research data management librarian, and research services coordinator.
  11. 11. Conclusion There are challenges in educating data curators in the LIS programs: • LIS traditionally attracts students with humanities backgrounds, while more people with science education are needed to meet the needs of this new field; • Weak technical background • Low image of librarians

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