Data At Risk Initiative: Scientists’ perceptions of endangered data and data reuse.

Abstract:

Examining scientists’ perceptions of endangered data, data reuse and data sharing is crucial in the understanding of the scientific process. Deterioration, format obsolescence, and insufficient metadata for discovery and retrieval are just some of the many elements that lead to possible loss of valuable scientific data. In order to investigate the point of view of the scientists, the Data-At-Risk Initiative (DARI) has conducted a research study to provide insight into the current state of scientific data-at-risk. In the spring of 2012, DARI members conducted four one-hour focus groups with scientists from selected departments. Focus groups participants were faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and Ph.D. students from various scientific departments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Participants were recruited through email list serves. A total of four one-hour focus groups were conducted and a total of fourteen participants took part in the focus groups. The participants were asked a variety of questions including the types of data they use in their research, their perceptions towards data reuse and data sharing, their perceptions towards endangered data, and their opinion of the Data At Risk Inventory. This talk presents the focus group findings and provides further understanding of how scientists perceive data reuse, sharing, and endangered data.

Category: Oral Presentation
Section: C1 - Early Career Scientists
Time: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 17:00 to 18:30

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