Data Conservancy

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One of the original two award recipients from the National Science Foundation’s DataNet program, the Data Conservancy is a growing community dedicated to promoting data preservation and re-use across disciplines with tools and services. As of early 2014, the Data Conservancy is preparing to release beta software that will feature preservation and user interface updates.


The Data Conservancy is a collaborative effort that involves individuals from several institutions, with Johns Hopkins University serving as the sponsor and lead. Sayeed Choudhury, associate dean of Johns Hopkins University libraries, is the overall project PI; Ruth Duerr is PI for the University of Colorado component of the project.

Project Summary

NSIDC will participate in five main areas of Data Conservancy activities by

  1. Ensuring that Data Conservancy activities are informed by and interoperable with the existing and developing national and international frameworks in the geosciences (infrastructure)
  2. Supporting and participating in the information science and computer science research programs as applied to the Earth sciences (IS/CS)
  3. Participating in the broader impacts program
  4. Leading the Data Conservancy communications plan for the Earth science community and assisting in the development of the overall communications and branding strategy
  5. Leading the Earth sciences working group activities (Science Definition Group).

Contact NSIDC User Services for more information.