Purdue announces the Data Curation Profiles Directory

Purdue University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of Data Curation Profiles Directory, a new serial publication edited by Jacob Carlson & D. Scott Brandt. 

Data Curation Profiles (DCP) are in-depth publications which provide detailed descriptions of research data sets and collections. The DCP, and the associated Toolkit which provides instructions and advice on composing them, are the results of research funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

Working with Purdue University Libraries Scholarly Publishing Services, the Data Curation Profiles Directory provides a suite of services to support publication, including: assigning a DOI and citation for each published DCP, improved visibility for Profiles through inclusion in indexing and discovery tools, and a commitment to the preservation of DCPs through CLOCKSS and Portico. 

Contributors include authors from Cornell University, Purdue University, University of California San Diego, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of South Florida, and University of Tennessee Knoxville. Information on publishing a Data Curation Profile can be found on the Guidelines for Authors page. 

James L. Mullins, Dean of Libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor notes that, "The Data Curation Profiles demonstrate Purdue Libraries' research commitment to furthering the role of librarians' involvement in understanding research data management and curation, and the Data Curation Profiles Directory is a significant advancement in supporting their publication and dissemination." 

The DCP evolved out of research conducted by the Purdue University Libraries and its Distributed Data Curation Center, in conjunction with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2007-2009. The Toolkit was developed and promoted by the Purdue University Libraries through additional funding by IMLS. The Data Curation Profiles Directory is supported by Purdue University Libraries and the Purdue University Press.

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