Data Curation Education Program Advisory Group

by Martin R. Kalfatovic

Smithsonian Libraries staff serve the library and museum communities in many ways. Many of us serve on professional committees as members, officers or advisers.

The University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) formed a new area of concentration, Data Curation, in their Master of Science program.

The University of Illinois GSLIS has brought together a number of distinguished librarians and informaticians to serve in an advisory role for the program. Currently, two Smithsonian Library staff serve on the advisory committee: Tom Garnett (Program Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library) and Martin Kalfatovic (Head, New Media Office and Preservation Services Department).

The advisory committee met this past week (March 28) at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis to discuss the status of the program, design case studies for graduate students to investigate, and to explore potential internship opportunities for students in the program at host institutions (such as the Smithsonian).

You can learn more about the Data Curation concentration at the UIUC/GSLIS website under DCEP.

– Martin Kalfatovic

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