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Data Curation Education in Research Centers

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The Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC) grant is funding for three (3) School of Information Sciences (SIS) graduate students.  These scholarships are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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This grant addresses the the scale and complexity of data essential for contemporary scientific investigation is growing exponentially across all scientific disciplines. The “digital deluge” is now a fundamental characteristic of e-science and “big science,” especially in such disciplines such as particle physics, astronomy, and atmospheric science. Researchers in these fields are implementing ever more sophisticated observational instruments or computational modeling approaches that generate massive amounts of data at varying scales (or levels) of analysis, requiring petabyte-scale computing. Moreover, scientists, their employers, and their funders recognize the value in sharing data assets and in curation of data for re-use over the long term.  There is a need for information professionals who can help scientists manage the challenges of data driven science.  This program, Digital Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC), educates the information professional who can meet these challenges.

For further information about the DCERC master’s component at the University of Tennessee, please:

Dr. Suzie Allard via email: sallard[at]

For information on the DCERC doctoral component at the University of Illinois, please contact:

Virgil Varvel at Vvarvel[at]

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