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Data Management and Curation Staff

Lisa R. Johnston, Associate Librarian
Director, Data Repository for the University of Minnesota

Data Curation Specialists

Valerie Collins Valerie Collins, DRUM Coordinator and Digital Repository Associate


Zhuozhi HuangZhuozhi Huang, Scientific Data Graduate Research Assistant
Specialty: Scientific Data (includes Excel, databases, instrument data), Genomics

Shanda Hunt, MPH. Public Health Liaison/Data Curation Specialist
Specialty: Public Health and Human Subjects Data (includes Evidence-based practice, data sharing and management, qualitative research methods); removing identifiers from personal data

 Melinda Kernik, Spatial Data Curator
Specialty: GIS/Geospatial Data (includes ArcGIS, shape files, and FGDC metadata schema)

BENJAMIN WIGGINS Ben Wiggins, Program Director of Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities
Speciality: Digital humanities, texual data, social media

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

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

Publications and Presentations

Bishoff, Carolyn; Johnston, Lisa (2015). Approaches to Data Sharing: An Analysis of NSF Data Management Plans from a Large Research University, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communications, 3(2), eP1231. Available at Data available in the Data Repository for the U of M.

Hofelich Mohr, Alicia; Braun, Steven; Bishoff, Carolyn; Bishoff, Josh; Johnston, Lisa. (2015). Understanding Researcher Needs in Data Management: A Comparison of Four Colleges in a Large American University. Available from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,

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,

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

Grants and Research Activities

Data Management and Curation Initiative (2014-) published the documentation for the University Libraries working group business model, functional requirements, and metadata model for building a data repository (see the resulting Data Repository for the U of M).

2013 Data Curation Pilot Project, summary and results openly available in our digital repository, at

Data Information Literacy Project, IMLS Grant Funded (2011-2014),

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