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National Research Council Releases Report Titled “Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation”

In the recently released report from the National Research Council, recommendations were provided related to the collection of the large amount of digital data that is available across scientific disciplines and sectors, including government, business, and health.  This data, if accurate, has the potential to speed scientific discovery, spur innovation, inform policy, and support transparency.

Highlights of the report addressed:

  • The urgent need for policies, technologies, and expertise in digital curation
  • Collaboration among research communities, government agencies, commercial firms, and educational institutions to expedite the development and adoption of digital curation standards and good practices
  • Strengthening the digital curation workforce to develop training programs and material and track employment demand

Numerous individual were responsible for the development of this report, including the following RDA/US members:

  • Margaret Hedstrom (chair)
    Robert M. Warner Collegiate Professor
    School of Information
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor
  • Peter Fox, Professor and Tetherless World Research Chair
    Earth and Environmental and Computer Sciences Departments
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Troy, N.Y.
  • Paul Uhlir
    Director of the Board on Research Data and Information
    U.S. National Academies
    Washington, DC

The study itself was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the National Science Foundation.

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