Researchers are currently creating and using scientific data at unprecedented levels, underscoring the need for curators, or caretakers, to ensure that this massive amount of vital information is being maintained for important research today—and tomorrow.
To help meet this need, Indiana University (IU), through a joint effort between its Data to Insight Center and the IU Libraries, has been selected as a partner institution in the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)/Digital Library Federation (DLF) Data Curation Fellowship Program. The program is made possible by a $679,827 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
This joint effort by the Data to Insight Center and the IU Libraries takes advantage of a natural partnership and draws on synergies between the two organizations.
CLIR is now recruiting six data curation fellows in cooperation with its partner institutions: Indiana University; Lehigh University; McMaster University; Purdue University; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the University of Michigan.
The two-year, postdoctoral fellowships will encourage the development of highly skilled and knowledgeable specialists in data curation for the natural and social sciences. IU’s fellow will work with the Sustainable Environment-Actionable Data (SEAD) project, a major National Science Foundation-funded DataNet project, and the HathiTrust Research Center, both joint ventures of the Data to Insight Center and the IU Libraries.
“This program is a terrific opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow to get hands-on experience with library, domain, and computer science experts addressing real problems in data preservation of sustainability science,” says Brenda Johnson, Ruth Lilly Dean of the IU Libraries.
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