Data Reuse Experiences within Digital vs. Physical Zoological Collections
by OCLC Research on Feb 19, 2014
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This presentation draws from 27 interviews and 11 observations with zoologists who reuse data and specimens that other people collect. The zoologists were interviewed about recent data reuse ...
This presentation draws from 27 interviews and 11 observations with zoologists who reuse data and specimens that other people collect. The zoologists were interviewed about recent data reuse experiences and were observed reusing specimens in a museum setting. Findings from the interviews and observations are presented, including a discussion of how researchers discover and select data for reuse, how researchers know that they can trust data, how researchers prepare to visit a museum, and the ways that researchers interact with museum staff. We find that even in this global age of online databases, people still need to see the actual specimens, and that the condition and depth of a collection is an important factor in selecting specimens for reuse. This study is part of the Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR) project. DIPIR is three year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded project that is examining data reuse in three academic disciplines – quantitative social science, zoology, and archaeology. One of the project’s major objectives is to understand how the context of data production that supports data reuse can best be curated and preserved.
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