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Title:Data Curation Education and Biological Information Specialists
Author(s):Heidorn, P. Bryan; Palmer, Carole L.; Cragin, Melissa H.; Smith, Linda C.
Subject(s):data curation
education data curators
Abstract:Abstract Scientific data problems do not stand in isolation but are part of a larger set of challenges associated with the expansion of scientific information gathering capacity and changes in scholarly communication in the digital environment. These problems require new kinds of expertise in key areas, such as ontology development, data federation, and data visualization. However, recent reports on cyberinfrastructure and e-science initiatives acknowledge a shortage of qualified professionals to manage the increasing stores of data across the sciences (NSB, 2005). To build this kind of professional capacity, we have developed two complementary educational programs at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One is the Biological Information Specialist (BIS) Master of Science degree, and the other is a concentration in Data Curation within the Master of Science in Library and Information Science. In this paper we discuss the key features of our Data Curation Education Program (DCEP), our approach to curriculum development, and the data curation program’s contribution to the BIS curriculum. To provide a foundation for course development, we are identifying best practices in data curation, drawing from a variety of resources, including 1) a research foundation of information science projects in the biological sciences related to data curation; (2) a base of domain scientist collaborators; (3) active participation in disciplinary international standards development; (4) an advisory group representing bioinformatics, bench and field biosciences, and the information professions.
Issue Date:2007-04-20
Citation Info:Heidorn, P.B., Palmer, C.L., Cragin, M.H., & Smith, L.C. (2007). Data Curation Education and Biological Information Specialists. DigCCurr2007: An international symposium on Digital Curation, Chapel Hill, NC, April 18-20, 2007.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-10-29

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