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Data curation: Perception and practice

Presenter 1
Cynthia Hudson-Vitale
Washington University in St Louis
Presenter 2
Lisa Johnston
University of Minnesota
Presenter 3
Jacob Carlson
University of Michigan
Presenter 4
Wendy Kozlowski
Cornell University

Understanding the importance researchers place on specific data curation treatments (such as peer-review, persistent identifiers, chain of custody, etc.) is an essential step in building institutional curatorial services that are trusted, meet expectations, and address needs. Additionally, comparing this information to the treatments curators indicate are important, as well as the actual treatments they take locally, provides key insight into perceptions and practices related to data curation. Specifically, this information can tell us what stakeholders value in terms of curation and how this aligns with the local approach for curation services. To uncover this information, the Data Curation Network (DCN) used a mixed methods approach that included faculty focus groups, library surveys, and hands-on curation treatments. This panel will provide the detailed results and a comparative analysis of (1) both the importance of specific curatorial treatments from faculty and curator perspectives, and (2) the curation activities taking place at the six participating institutions, thus comparing perceived importance of curation activities to actual practices. This session will conclude with an audience discussion of the results, limitations of the information, and general project feedback.

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