Digital Curation Fellows Program - National Agricultural Library

The Digital Curation Fellows program, under the direction of Dr. Katrina Fenlon, is a partnership with the National Agricultural Library (NAL) to provide students from across all iSchool programs with research and practical experience solving real-world digital curation challenges. Digital curation fellows have contributed to numerous research initiatives during this program’s several-year history, including: addressing gaps in NAL’s archives and digital curation capacity through rigorously developed digital preservation plans and evaluations; researching user experience to improve the outreach and impact of digital collections; conducting systematic evaluations of metadata quality, of diversity and equity of representation in digital collections, and of software platforms for undergirding data repositories; building new web archives and digital collections, conducting physical archival processing, and creating collection development policies; evaluating predatory publishers and indexing journals for the AGRICOLA database; and leveraging visualization and machine learning techniques to create dashboards for analytics and impact data, including a new data dashboard for ARS research on coronavirus.  A growing collection of project outcomes is available at this link: https://drum.lib.umd.edu/handle/1903/26345.

Duration
8/30/2021 - 8/29/2026
Principal Investigator
Total Award Amount
$155,000
Center/Lab Affiliation