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Education Activities and Resources

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The Data Conservancy is hosting this wiki space for DataNet Partners and other affiliated educators to share information and promote collaboration among our projects and institutions on education initiatives on the curation of research data.

Our first coordinated activity will be the Research Data Workforce Summit, being held prior to the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) on Monday, December 6th, 2010.

Research Data Workforce Summit 2010

The summit will run from 9:00-4:00 on Monday, December 6, 2010 in the LaSalle room at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, the IDCC venue. It is not necessary to register for the conference to attend the summit.

Information on the IDCC conference and hotel is at:

Please contact Please contact Virgil Varvel (, Data Conservancy Education Coordinator, with questions about logistics.

Objectives and scope

We have two primary objectives for the summit:
1) build awareness and synergies among the educational activities, and
2) provide exposure to important perspectives from potential employers.

Our focus will be on government perspectives for this second objective, and we expect to focus on the private sector for the second summit, slated for 2011.

The program will include representatives from government agencies, data centers involved in data management and data curation, as well as representatives from the NSF DataNet Projects and other educators who are developing programs to advance the workforce for the curation of research data.

Greater data curation demands are being put on government agencies yet there is not a well-trained workforce available to meet the demand. Members of the data curation community are actively involved in the study of curation practices and skill requirements but few have focused on the special needs of governments for long-term information management. Governments manage data and other information for internal use but also many government agencies have a mandate to inform the public of their operations and create or gather data and information for dissemination to the public.

The summit will provide a forum for members of government organizations to share their views and experiences on current data curation needs and practices, projected changes in the future, and the skill sets that are needed by key employees to work in this environment. Throughout the day presenters and participants will consider the following questions:

1. What are the current research data activities in your organizations and how do they relate to the broader scientific domains?

2. What are the immediate and near term workforce needs for research data in your organization and affiliates organizations and initiatives.

3. What do those of us currently offering education program need to be addressing in our education and training initiatives? How do we stay ahead of the curve on best practices in our curriculum?


9:00 - 9:20 - Welcome

Background & Objectives
Carole Palmer , Director, Center for Informatics Research in Science & Scholarship, University of Illinois

Summit Overview
Bryan Heidorn, Director, School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona

Morning Session - Data Workforce Needs and Trends

9:20 - 10:15 - Government Perspectives

  • Lucy Nowell - Department of Energy
  • Joyce Ray - Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

10:15 - 10:30 - Break

10:30 - 11:30 - Perspectives from Data Centers and Initiatives

  • Bruce Wilson - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Finding and Making Bridge Builders for Research Informatics
  • Donald Collins - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Bob Downs - Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
    Developing the Data Center Workforce for Long-Term Management of Scientific Data

11:30 - 12:00 - Panel discussion on gaps in workforce

12:00-1:00 - Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 - Current DataNet Education Initiatives

  • Data Conservancy
    • Sayeed Choudhury - Johns Hopkins University
      Data Conservancy Education Initiatives
    • Carole Palmer - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • DataOne
    • Bill Michener - University of New Mexico
      DataONE: Changing Community Practice and Transforming the Environmental Sciences
    • Amber Budden - Director for Community Engagement and Outreach, DataONE
      Advancing DataONE Outreach and Education Initiatives

2:00-3:00 - Educator Perspectives

  • Kirk Borne - George Mason Data Science Program
    Informatics in Education and an Education in Informatics
  • Peter Fox - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Bryan Heidorn - University of Arizona
  • Margaret Hedstrom - University of Michigan

3:00-3:15 - Break

3:15 - 4:00- Discussion on areas for development and collaboration


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