Open Repositories 2014
A rose is a rose is a rose?
Defining significant properties of social sciences research data
Stefan...
• runs a Data Archive which
provides data services for the
community
●
is a social science infrastructure
institution
●
su...
We curate.
We preserve.
We manage data.
For access and re-use.
A rose… …is a rose…
…is a rose?
Rose
Roses are red? Sometimes.
When does a rose stop being a rose?
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10010101011000
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Dealing with performant assets
Source Process Performance
We would like to preserve the performance, baby!
A table is a table is a table?
Researchers in the
quantitative social sciences
have a passion for tables.
It‘s all about r...
Therefore researchers
need some materials for
interpretation purposes
Which one to choose?
Questionnaire Codebook
Licences
Methodological report
etc
BLABLA
Meet the
onion
The road from here…
“Highway to Hell” by Lyndi&Jason (cc-by-sa)
• Further discussion of definitions
within the archive
• D...
References and further reading
Grace, Stephen, Garet Knight and Lynne Montague. 2009. InSPECT: Final Report.“
http://signi...
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A rose is a rose is a rose? Defining significant properties of social sciences research data

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Authors: Stefan Müller, Astrid Recker, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Digital curation and preservation efforts are futile if the objective of the preservation process is unclear. Working under the assumption that it will not be possible to preserve digital objects unchanged, in their “original” form, digital curators have to have a clear idea of the features and characteristics that have to be preserved in order for the curated object to be understandable, accessible, and usable in the future. What these characteristics, referred to as significant properties, are depends largely on how and for which purposes the preserved objects will be used.
In this presentation we will give an overview of the approach taken by the GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences to the identification and definition of the significant properties of the digital assets curated and preserved by the archive. In doing so, we discuss challenges experienced and benefits expected – including an improved communication with the stakeholders involved in the curation and dissemination of the data held by the archive.

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A rose is a rose is a rose? Defining significant properties of social sciences research data

  1. 1. Open Repositories 2014 A rose is a rose is a rose? Defining significant properties of social sciences research data Stefan Müller Astrid Recker GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences Data Archive for the Social Sciences Cologne, Germany June 12, 2014 This work is licensed under a CreativeCommons Attribution 4.0 International License {stefan.mueller    |    astrid.recker}  @gesis.org
  2. 2. • runs a Data Archive which provides data services for the community ● is a social science infrastructure institution ● supports social science research in all phases of the data life cycle
  3. 3. We curate. We preserve. We manage data. For access and re-use.
  4. 4. A rose… …is a rose… …is a rose? Rose Roses are red? Sometimes.
  5. 5. When does a rose stop being a rose?
  6. 6. 00111001011000 00111000111010 10010101011000 01011010100101 Dealing with performant assets Source Process Performance
  7. 7. We would like to preserve the performance, baby!
  8. 8. A table is a table is a table? Researchers in the quantitative social sciences have a passion for tables. It‘s all about rows and columns. But: Each cell combination has a meaning.
  9. 9. Therefore researchers need some materials for interpretation purposes
  10. 10. Which one to choose? Questionnaire Codebook Licences Methodological report etc BLABLA
  11. 11. Meet the onion
  12. 12. The road from here… “Highway to Hell” by Lyndi&Jason (cc-by-sa) • Further discussion of definitions within the archive • Definition of significant properties using the InSPECT framework http://www.significantproperties.org.uk • Discussion of identified properties with involved stakeholders
  13. 13. References and further reading Grace, Stephen, Garet Knight and Lynne Montague. 2009. InSPECT: Final Report.“ http://significantproperties.org.uk/inspect-finalreport.pdf Heslop, H., Davis, S., & Wilson, A. (2002). An Approach to the Preservation of Digital Records. Retrieved from http://www.naa.gov.au/Images/An-approach-Green-Paper_tcm16-47161.pdf Renear, Allen H, Simone Sacchi, Karen M Wickett, and E Daniel Street. 2010. “Definitions of Dataset in the Scientific and Technical Literature.” In ASIST 2010, October 22-27, 2010. http://www.asis.org/asist2010/proceedings/proceedings/ASIST_AM10/submissions/240_Final_Su bmission.pdf Sacchi, Simone, Karen Wickett, Allen Renear, David Dubin, and E Daniel Street. 2011. “A Framework for Applying the Concept of Significant Properties to Datasets.” In ASIST 2011, October 9-13, 2011. http://www.asis.org/asist2011/proceedings/submissions/148_FINAL_SUBMISSION.pdf Schumann, Natascha, and Reiner Mauer. 2013. “The GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences: A Widely Recognised Data Archive on Its Way.” International Journal of Digital Curation 8 (2) (November 21): 215–222. doi:10.2218/ijdc.v8i2.285. http://www.ijdc.net/index.php/ijdc/article/view/285 All pictures used in this presentation are, if not denoted differently, CCO licenced and therefore public domain.

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