The Rewards of Working as a Data Wrangler


Data archives are critical to research and education. They provide safe and secure storage of valuable scientific data, and ensure that information is freely available to the world.

Data curation is critical for these data resources. In the case of PDB, data are carefully reviewed and annotated by wwPDB curators before public release. Expert curation of data coming into PDB is critical for ensuring findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability (FAIR). Biocurators enforce data standardization, help to maximize data quality, provide value-added annotation, and maintain uniformity in data representation.

To better understand the what goes into this important work, Science Careers spoke with RCSB PDB and other data resources to find out.

The rewards of working as a data wrangler by Maggie Kuo
Science Careers doi: 10.1126/science.caredit.aaq0481

RCSB PDB News ImageBiocurators Chenghua Shao, Yuhe Liang, Brian Hudson, Sutapa Ghosh (standing), Luigi Di Costanzo, and Lihua Tan (seated). Combined, these biocurators have processed more than 30,000 PDB structures!

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