NEW! Post Master's Specialty in Data Curation offered at UNC at Chapel Hill

November 7, 2012

CHAPEL HILL - Are you increasingly tasked with managing digital collections?  Are you trying to define new processes and workflows to care for digital materials in your institution?  Is leadership in data curation in your future? Digital curation involves many new skills, methods and principles that are difficult to obtain on the job or through short workshops. Help is on the way! You can now apply for a Post Master’s Certificate in Data Curation!

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to offer this NEW degree program for practicing professionals.

The Post Master’s Certificate in Data Curation will help develop and strengthen data curation skills needed in current roles and prepare those who wish to pursue leadership opportunities in their organizations.

With a two-week intensive kick-off on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus during summer session (May 2013), the remainder of the program will be taught online and includes guided projects that arise from a student's work experience. The 30 credit program can be completed in two years.

Defined by Drs. Helen Tibbo, alumni distinguished professor, and Christopher (Cal) Lee, associate professor at SILS, "Digital/data curation involves selection and appraisal by creators and archivists; evolving provision of intellectual access; redundant storage; data transformations; and, for some materials a commitment to long-term preservation. Digital/data curation is stewardship that provides for the reproducibility and re-use of authentic digital data and other digital assets. Development of trustworthy and durable digital repositories; principles of sound metadata creation and capture; use of open standards for file formats and data encoding; and the promotion of information management literacy are all essential to the longevity of digital resources and the success of curation efforts.”

SILS is among the leading research programs in data curation with classes taught by our world renowned, award-winning faculty.

For more details or to apply for the program, please visit or send an e-mail message to Lara Bailey, student services graduate manager, at or call her at 919.962.7601.