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CRADLE: Curating Research Assets and Data using Lifecycle Education: Data Management Education Tools for Content Creators, Librarians, and Archivists

Primary Objectives: CRADLE (Curating Research Assets and Data using Lifecycle Education) has the following objectives:

  1. Produce high-quality instructional courses focusing on data management for researchers in the social/human sciences to be delivered through a massive open online course (MOOC) “Free University” platform. These tools will be the core of this project. Librarians, archivists, and ILS students will learn from these courses and be able to use them with data creators from the social, natural, and health sciences.
  2. Provide the multimedia self-paced courses through online “Free University” platforms, thus extending CRADLE’s impact to professionals around the nation and the world whose current employment situation may not accommodate a traditional degree program or in-residence coursework. 
  3. Create face-to-face workshops and one-on-one consulting guides that information professionals can employ when instructing and assisting data creators.
  4. Educate two ILS master’s students in data curation and provide experiential and situated learning by working with data creators and information professionals as the CRADLE tools are developed and rolled out.
  5. Provide experiential and situated learning for two ILS Ph.D. students in producing and implementing data management learning tools with and for data creators and information professionals.
  6. Extend the SILS Data Curation Curriculum to include enhanced content focusing on working with data creators and data curation providers, thus serving hundreds of future data curation students.
  7. Provide a culminating workshop/conference to instruct information professionals in the use of the CRADLE tools.


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