Introduction

Data curators at the UC San Diego Library have the privilege of working with researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines as they prepare data for the Library’s Research Data Collections repository. The visually stunning nature of some of the research data sets they curate inspired the Library’s Research Data Curation Program to host its inaugural Art of Science contest in 2021. The contest was created for two reasons: to celebrate the beauty that can emerge during scientific exploration and raise awareness of the Library’s data curation services.