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Spotlighting Research Data: Strategies for Making Institutional Research Data More Discoverable

A discussion of the metadata, curation, outreach and implementation strategies for an institutional data catalog used to make research datasets discoverable. This presentation will include case studies of these strategies in action.

  • Evaluate metadata standards for describing research data
  • Identify and evaluate methods for curating research datasets
  • Establish outreach strategies for acquiring research datasets from institutional stakeholders
  • Identify methods and resources for implementing a data catalog in your own environment


Kevin Read is a Knowledge Management Librarian and serves on the NYU Health Sciences Library’s Data Services Team. Kevin provides training and research support for faculty, residents and staff on topics including: research data management, REDCap, systematic reviews, grant support and citation management. His areas of expertise include research data management, data sharing, literature searching, metadata, and education. Kevin is also the lead of the NYU Data Catalog project that makes datasets created by, and of interest to NYU researchers more discoverable.





Nicole Contaxis is the Data Catalog Coordinator at the New York University Health Sciences Library. She is responsible for the growth and maintenance of the Data Catalog and handles all outreach efforts. Prior to joining the team at NYUHSL, she was a National Digital Stewardship Resident at the National Library of Medicine, creating a pilot workflow for software preservation.


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