Data Services Librarian
University of Colorado Boulder
The University of Colorado Boulder Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS), a partnership between the Libraries and Research Computing, in collaboration with the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) is building a tiered service model to enhance existing data curation workflows and enable wider and more effective reuse of data produced on campus. The program offers both retrospective (end of project) and prospective (beginning of project) consultation-based and hands-on curation services, including file, documentation, data, code, and statistical reviews designed to improve statistical and computational reproducibility and reuse. Inspired by cross-institutional efforts like the CURE Consortium and the Data Curation Network, CRDDS is developing a sustainable service model based on a network of experts across campus that work together to improve data quality. We believe this model could be of interest to other institutions where data curation, statistical support, and research computing services exist but are not well integrated. This service strengthens the community of practice surrounding open science and open data practices on campus, supports departments that are navigating general and domain specific reproducibility issues, and creates opportunities for future cross and interdisciplinary collaborations. We are currently collecting proposals for pilot projects to evaluate the workflows we have developed, and will be in the active process of curating pilot datasets at the time of the CNI Membership Meeting. We encourage discussion about this institution level curation service among the audience and welcome questions and suggestions as we work on establishing and documenting a sustainable service model.