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Associated issues of capture and management using IT, e.g., repositories (Hey 2003)
Universities and university libraries interested in managing data – a “natural fit” (Read 2007)
Value of data increased by:
use beyond original creating community
being interconnected, networked, shared, used and re-used (Borgman 2007)
New role for university libraries (ANDS, repository movement, open access)
Strategic investments by Australian academic libraries in data repositories which work with other shared technology-enhanced research infrastructures e.g., ‘eResearch’, ‘Cyberinfrastructure’, ‘eSocial Sciences’ and ‘The Grid’
15 interviews of 1-2 hours, semi-structured and audio-taped
Analysis through identification of categories and themes
Participant Analysis Sample ages closely reflect age profile of ASPV: 88% of membership was aged over 50 in 2007 ( Phil Hempel, 2007 survey of APSV members) Gender Age Length APSV Membership 7 male 8 female 40-49 1 50-59 4 60-69 5 70-79 3 80-89 2 1-5 years 1 6-10 years 3 11-15 years 3 21-25 years 3 30+ years 5
“ People have been very willing to share … really anytime that we’ve asked someone… [for example] for a photo for a talk or something, you just never get a ‘no’ really.” (Interviewee 8)
“ I'd be lying if I said [there] … wasn’t a certain amount of pride… and it's nice to be recognised because this is your work … And one of the issues I see [in contributing to a shared database] … is if you put all of your effort into that then you lose that recognition.” (Interviewee 15)
Local Loyalties, Problems of Replication and Lack of Time
“ (One member is) recording things (for our district group) … I don’t know whether we’d do it twice (to contribute to NatureShare) … because it’s another step and the loyalties are with the group and the local area and you would have to say that this is another – well just it is another level. … It’s just one more demand on your time.” (Interviewee 12)
“ It really depends on who’s providing it. It’s too easy to get wrong information online. [Sometimes] ... I think ‘that just can’t possibly be there, it’s got to be a mistake’. … That’s one of the big problems of freely being able to put information on, because I think it then becomes useless.” (Interviewee 7)
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The authors acknowledge, with thanks, the support of the APSA, especially the assistance of Cathy Powers, President and Russell Best, Research Officer. We are grateful to all the interviewees who gave us their time and their views.
The Small Grant funding received by Mary Anne Kennan and Kirsty Williamson from the Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University, is also acknowledged with thanks.