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Data Curation Education in Research Centers: Formative evaluation results from 2012-2013 cohorts

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Palmer, C. L., Thompson, C. A., Mayernik, M. S., Williams, V., & Allard, S. (2014, February). Data Curation Education in Research Centers: Formative evaluation results from 2012-2013 cohorts. Poster presented at the 9th International Digital Curation Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Publication Abstract

The Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC) project is developing a sustainable and transferable model of data curation education for master’s and doctoral students in Library and Information Science (LIS). Core components of the model are foundational courses, research experiences at local institutions, and field experiences at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The initiative is a collaboration among two iSchools and NCAR, led by the Center for Informatics Research in Science & Scholarship at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, University of Illinois, in partnership with the School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, and the NCAR Library. As part of a formative evaluation of the DCERC model, the team has 1) assessed the contribution of the NCAR internship experience to overall project goals, and is currently in the process of 2) assessing strategies for scaling the program to a larger cadre of students and institutional partners.

This paper reports on five components of the overall DCERC evaluation plan that examines the experience of the first 5 Master’s students and 12 mentors participating in 2012 and 2013 summer internships: a pre-internship survey to capture students’ baseline curation knowledge; a survey to assess the NCAR Data Curation workshop held at the launch of the 2012 internships; student e-journal entries recorded during the internships to document learning and experiences at NCAR; a post-internship survey completed by the students and their assigned mentors; two focus groups, one with students and one with mentors, conducted at the end of the internships.