The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $1.3 million to expand CLIR's efforts to develop leaders in the profession of data curation in higher education, and to develop new models of institutional support for data curation. CLIR president Charles Henry, Digital Library Federation program director Rachel Frick, and ARL executive director Elliott Shore, will serve as the project's principal investigators. Shore is also lead instructor for the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship program and a CLIR presidential fellow.
Grant funds will help support two cohorts of Data Curation Fellows for the Sciences and Social Sciences, modeled on the fellowships that CLIR first awarded in 2012. The two-year fellowships provide recent PhDs with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for the sciences and social sciences. Through these fellowships, CLIR seeks to raise awareness and build capacity for sound data-management practice throughout the academy.
The grant will also support development of an improved model for training subject specialists in the domain of data curation, a preliminary assessment of the fellows’ work and early professional development experiences, and a formal assessment of the fellowship experience.For more details, see the April 1, 2013, CLIR press release, "CLIR Receives Sloan Foundation Grant for Data Curation Fellows."