Dr. Carole Palmer is a Professor at the University of Washingtons’s Information School and also Founding Director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carole works in the areas of data curation and digital research collections with research aimed at advancing data services—especially for interdisciplinary inquiry. In this era of “big data,” Carole is particularly interested in optimizing the reuse value of small data and access to open data across disciplines. Carole’s current projects include developing a framework for Site Based Data Curation and a model program for Data Curation Education in Research Centers. As an educator, Carole has been a leader in professional workforce development in data curation for nearly a decade, recognized in 2013 with the Information Science Teacher of the Year Award from the Association for Information Science & Technology. Carole served as a member of SESYNC’s External Advisory Board.