D. Scott Brandt

University Title:
Data Specialists
Research Data
Research & Assessment
Stewart Center

Professional Information

Faculty Rank:
Research Areas:
My research from ~2005 onward centers around practices of researchers and issues they encounter related to data management, discovery and dissemination (curation). I am interested in how communities come together around standards or best practices in these areas. Prior to 2005 my work focused on the use and training of technology.
Master of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, 1983
Batchelor of Arts, Indiana University, 1982
Professional Experience:
Purdue University
2013- Senor Data Specialist
2009. Provost Fellow, Purdue University (half-time appointment)
2005-2013 Associate Dean for Research in the Libraries
2002 – Professor of Library Science
2001. Research Fellow, Univ of Staffordshire, UK (sabbatical leave)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1989-1993. Associate Head for Collections, Engineering and Science Libraries
Honors and Awards:

2013 Association of Collecge and Research Libraries’ Science and Technology Section Innovation Award: Distributed Data Curation Center and the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit (with Jake Carlson and Michael Witt).



Brandt, D. Scott. Teaching Technology. New York: Neal Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2002.

Brandt, D. Scott. UNIX in Libraries. Westport, CT: Meckler, 1991.

Select Peer-reviewed publications

Zhang, T., Zilinski, L., Brandt, D. S., & Carlson, J. (2015). Assessing Perceived Usability of the Data Curation Profile Toolkit Using the Technology Acceptance Model. International Journal of Digital Curation10(1), 48-67.

Brandt, D. Scott and Kim, Eugenia. (2014). “Data Curation Profiles as a means to explore managing, sharing, disseminating or preserving digital outcomes.”  International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 10 (1), 21-34.

Brandt, D. Scott (2013). “Purdue University Research Repository: Collaborations in Data Management.” in ed. Joyce Ray, Research Data Management. West Lafayette, IN, Purdue University Press, 325-346.

Brandt, D. Scott (2013) Learning Hands-on and by Trial & Error with Data Curation Profiles. Proceedings of the Framing the Digital Curation Curriculum Conference (DigCurV 2013), Florence, Italy, 6-7 May, 2013. Edited by: Chiara Cirinnà, Kate Fernie, Maurizio Lunghi, Vittore Casarosa. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Framing the Digital Curation Curriculum Vol-1016. Retrieved 10 October 2015: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1016/

Brandt, D. Scott (2010) “Librarians, advocacy and the research enterprise,” in eds. William Welburn, Janice Simmons-Welburn, and Beth McNeil, Advocacy, Outreach, Postsecondary Education and America’s Libraries: A Call for Action. Chicago, ALA/ACRL.

Witt, M., Carlson, J., Brandt, D. S., & Cragin, M. H. (2009). Constructing data curation profiles. International Journal of Digital Curation4(3), 93-103.

Brandt, D. Scott  (June 2007). “Librarians as partners in e-research.” College & Research Libraries News, 68, 6: 365-367, 396.

Brandt, D. Scott, Mullins, J. L. and Witt, M. (2006) “Enabling Interaction and Quality in a Distributed Data DRIS.” Enabling Interaction & Quality: Beyond the Hanseatic League. 8th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems. Edited by Anne G.S.Asserson & Eduard J. Simons. 55-62. Leuven, Netherlands, Leuven University Press.

Brandt, D. Scott, and Uden, Lorna. “Insight into mental models of novice Internet searchers.” Communications of the ACM, 46, no.7 (July 2003): 133-136.

Brandt, D. Scott. “Consumerism and the Web: Helping Students Consume Information. ” Library Issues. Briefings for Faculty and Administrators. 22, 4 (March 2002).

Brandt, D. Scott, and Uden, Lorna. “A Simplified Method of Eliciting Information from Novices.” Educational Technology. 42, 1 (Jan.-Feb. 2002): 52-55.

Brandt, D. Scott. “Reference, Mental Models and Teaching Technology.” The Reference Librarian. 74 (2001): 37-48.

Brandt, D. Scott. “Information Technology Literacy: Mental Models and Task Knowledges.” Library Trends 50, 1 (Summer 2001): 74-87.

Uden, Lorna and *Brandt, D. Scott. “Knowledge Analysis Of Tasks For Instructional Design” Educational Technology 41, 5 (Sept-Oct 2001): 59-63.


Select Invited presentations

“Understanding Data Deposit: Observations from Sabbatical Research.”
[Brown bag] Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, IN Apr 4, 2014

“Purdue University Research Repository.” Smarter Agriculture: A Dialogue on Critical Data for Agriculture. Potomac MD, Oct. 10 – 11, 2013.

“Using the Data Curation Profile as a Means to Engage Researchers.” IASSIST 2013, Cologne, Germany, May 28-31, 2013.

“Learning Hands-on and by Trial & Error with Data Curation Profiles.” DigCurV International Conference. Florence, Italy, May 6-7, 2013

“Data Curation Profiles &  CDCG.” Closing the Digital Curation Gap. UNC Chapel Hill, NC, March 7-8, 2013.

“E-Science Outreach & Learning.” University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies. Webinar, July 13, 2012.

“Data Curation as a Form of Collaborative Research.” ALA 2012, Anaheim, CA, June 22-25, 2012

-with Charles Watkinson, “Conceptualizing Library Data Curation and Publishing Services.” 4th Bloomsbury Conference on e-Publishing and e-Publications. London, June 24-26, 2010.

-with Jake Carlson, “Exploring e-Data Collections with Curation Profiles.” USAIN 2010: Agriculture without Borders. West Lafayette, IN, May 12-13, 2010.

“Out of the Box: Innovating New Service Models… at Purdue University.” XXVIII Annual Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition. Charleston, SC, November 5 – 8, 2008

-with Robert McDonald and David Minor, “Perspectives on Collaborative Data Cyberinfrastructure: A Role for Libraries in Data Curation and Long-Lived Preservation Services.” EDUCAUSE 2008, Orlando FL, October 28-31, 2008.

-with Medha Devare, “Supporting the Virtual Organization.” (Reactor Panel) Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future. ARL/CNI Meeting, Arlington VA, Oct. 16-17, 2008

“Resources for a library data curation program: people, buy-in, and relationships.” University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, GSLIS Summer Institute on Data Curation, June 2-4, 2008

“Purdue’s Interdisciplinary Research Initiative.” CIC/CLIC Librarians & -Science: Focusing Towards 2020. Purdue University, May 12-13, 2008

“e-Research in Practice.” Ex Libris ARL Director’s Meeting, “Preservation and Discovery in the Digital Age.” Cambridge, MA, Nov. 14-15, 2007

“Data, Metadata, Research, Meta-research.” . American Library Association Annual Meeting, ACRL Science and Technology Section. “Issues and Trends in Digital Repositories of Non-textual Information: Support for Research and Teaching.” Washington DC, June 25, 2007.

Other Information


PI: Enhancing the Data Curation Profiles to help Bridge the Gap between Researcher and Repository (Institute of Museum and Library Services, $49,163) 2014-2015

PI: Understanding Curation Through the Use of Data Curation Profiles (Institute of Museum and Library Services, $187,242) 2010-2013

PI: Investigating Data Curation Profiles Across Multiple Research Disciplines. (Institute of Museum and Library Services, $421,068) 2007-2010 (See: http://www.datacurationprofiles.org)