Our Staff, Research, and Publications

The University Libraries staff are available to help answer your research data management questions and help you navigate the tools and resources available to you on campus. Please contact your subject librarian or the data staff at datarepo@umn.edu

Data Management and Curation Staff

Lisa Johnston, Associate Librarian
Lead, Data Management and Curation Initiative


Data Curation Specialists

Alice Motes, PhD. Social Sciences Data Postdoctoral Fellow
Specialty: Social Sciences and Survey Data (includes SPSS, SAS, R and qualitative data analysis); removing identifiers from non-medical data

Kevin Dyke, USpatial Data Curator
Specialty: GIS/Geospatial Data (includes ArcGIS, shape files, and FGDC metadata schema)

Justin Schell, PhD. Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow
Specialty: Digital Arts & Humanities Data (includes video, audio, and text mining)

John McGrory, Scientific Data Graduate Research Assistant
Specialty: Scientific Data (includes Excel, databases, instrument data)

Christine Storino, Scientific Data Graduate Research Assistant
Specialty: Scientific Data (includes Excel, databases, instrument data)

Referral Network (staff outside the libraries)
Michael Langhus
Storage, Office of Information Technology


Alicia Hofelich Mohr, PhD.
College of Liberal Arts Data Management


Publications and Presentations

Johnston, Lisa R. (2014). A Workflow Model for Curating Research Data in the University of Minnesota Libraries: Report from the 2013 Data Curation Pilot. University Digital of Minnesota Conservancy. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, http://hdl.handle.net/11299/162338.

Johnston, Lisa; Lafferty, Meghan; and Petsan, Beth (2012) "Training Researchers on Data Management: A Scalable, Cross-Disciplinary Approach," Journal of eScience Librarianship: Vol. 1: Iss. 2, Article 2. Available at http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/vol1/iss2/2/

Grants and Research Activities

Data Management and Curation Initiative (2014-), the University Libraries working group charter and project team website.

2013 Data Curation Pilot Project, summary and results openly available in our digital repository, at http://purl.umn.edu/160292.

Data Information Literacy Project, IMLS Grant Funded (2011-2014), http://datainfolit.org

Need help?

Contact Us with your questions and we will consult with you or point you to the right person, resource, or service on campus.