Sarah Elisabeth Ramdeen

In 2017 Sarah Ramdeen earned her PhD in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interest is the information seeking behavior of geologists when looking for physical sample materials. Physical samples cannot be completely digitized but often have digital materials associated with them. These hybrid collections have unique curation needs which may be better understood by investigating metadata creation and user access.

Dr. Ramdeen holds a BS in Geology and a BA in Humanities from Florida State University (FSU). She also holds an MS in Library and Information Studies with a Certificate in Museum Studies from FSU. Before entering the PhD program at UNC-CH, she worked for the Florida Geological Survey in their core and cuttings repository processing samples for archival storage and later assisting with the development of a repository database.

Dr. Ramdeen is a Data Curator for SESAR, the System for Earth Sample Registration. She is also part of the iSamples and Sampling Nature projects.


  • Doctorate in Information and Library Science (2017) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Advisor: Dr. Claudia Gollop 
  • M.S. Library and Information Studies, Florida State University (2006), Program of study: Information Architecture Certificate in Museum Studies, Florida State University 
  • B.S. Geology; minor in Chemistry-Mathematics, Florida State University (2003) 
  • B.A. Humanities: Philosophy/Renaissance studies, Florida State University (2003)

Honors & Awards

Conference awards:

  • Outstanding Student Presentation Award 2014, Earth and Space Science Informatics, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting
  • Best Poster 2013 Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI). With Angela Murillo.


  • Research Data Alliance (RDA-US) Fellow for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016
  • Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Student Fellow 2012-2013 and 2013-2014
  • UNC-Center for Faculty Excellence: Future Faculty Program Fellowship. UNC-Chapel Hill 2012

Scholarships and Honors:

  • Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) Doctoral student scholarship (2009-2014)
  • Beta Phi Mu inductee (2006)

Davies, N., Deck, J., Kansa, E.C., Kansa, S.W., Kunze, J., Meyer, C., Orrell, T., Ramdeen, S., Snyder, R., Vieglais, D., Walls, R.L., Lehnert, K., (2021). Internet of Samples (iSamples): Toward an interdisciplinary cyberinfrastructure for material samples, GigaScience, 10(5). DOI:

Thessen, A., Woodburn, M., Koureas, D., Paul, D., Conlon, M., Shorthouse, D.P., & Ramdeen, S. (2019). Proper Attribution for Curation and Maintenance of Research Collections: Metadata Recommendations of the RDA/TDWG Working Group. Data Science Journal, 18(1). DOI:

Donaldson, D. R., Dillo, I., Downs, R. R. and Ramdeen, S. (2017). The Perceived Value of Acquiring Data Seals of Approval. International Journal of Digital Curation 12 (1): 130-151. DOI:

Girdler, S., Birken, S., Eisenlohr-Moul, T., Ramdeen, S., Vardell, E., Cable, J., and Parker, P. (2016). Stress and Burnout for Women in Academic STEM: Implications for Mentoring. In Dominguez, N. & Alexander, D. (Eds.), 9th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Developmental Networks: The Power of Mentoring and Coaching. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

Ramdeen, S. & Poole, A. H. (2016). Using grounded theory to understand the archival needs of geologists. In A. Gilliland, A. Lau & S. McKemmish (Eds.), Research in the archival multiverse. 

Ramdeen, S. (2015). Preservation challenges for geological data at state geological surveys. GeoResJ 6 (6): 213-220. DOI:10.1016/j.grj.2015.04.002

Capra, R., Khanova, J. & Ramdeen, S. (2013), Work and personal e-mail use by university employees: PIM practices across domain boundaries.  Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(5), 1029–1044. DOI: 10.1002/asi.22815

Ramdeen, S., & Hemminger, B. M. (2012). A tale of two interfaces: How facets affect the library catalog search. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(4), 702-715. DOI: 10.1002/asi.21689