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Funders increasingly require that data sets arising from sponsored research must be preserved and shared, and many publishers either require or encourage that data sets accompanying articles are made available for reuse and reproducibility through a publicly accessible repository. However, the data curation activities that support these preservation and sharing activities are costly, requiring training in advanced curation practices, specific technical competencies and relevant subject expertise. Few organizations will be able to hire and sustain all of the data curation expertise that researchers will require. Even those with the means to do more will benefit from a collective approach that will allow them to supplement at peak times, access specialized capacity when infrequently-curated types arise, and to stabilize service levels to account for local staff transition, such as during turn-over periods.
Drawing on our experiences in piloting the DCN to date, we have sparked interest from several national and international organizations who have similar goals and challenges with curating research data and see the benefit of a networked approach. This BoF will explore these shared interests and associated challenges with networked data curation with the aim to determine how we can move forward in a data curation world without borders.
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Lisa Johnston, Marjan Grootveld, Lee Wilson, Wendy Kozlowski, Yasuyuki Minamiyama, Nicole Contaxis with event hosts Hannah Hadley, Cynthia Vitale & Erin Clary