DATA CURATION EDUCATION IN RESEARCH CENTERS
This presentation will outline the aims and the structure of the DCERC program and discuss results and lessons learned from the first two sets of summer internships in 2012 and 2013. Five master’s students worked with both data mentors and science mentors at NCAR, gaining first hand experiences in the issues, methods, and challenges of scientific data curation. They engaged in a diverse set of projects with both analog and digital data, including data processing, documentation, and archiving processes. The students learned current data management practices and challenges while developing expertise and conducting research. They also made important contributions to NCAR data and science teams by evaluating data management workflows, preparing data sets to be archived, and developing recommendations for particular data management activities. Additional master’s student interns will return in summer of 2014, and two Ph.D. students will conduct data curation-related dissertation fieldwork during the 2013-2014 academic year.