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Context in context: applying a context-driven approach in an academic library


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Context in context: applying a context-driven approach in an academic library

  1. 1. Context in context: applying a content-driven approach in an academic library Kathleen Fear @kmfear
  2. 2. • Relatively low usage, with a few exceptions • Electronic theses and dissertations; musical scores • Needed to think about changing software • Usability research never focused on metadata • Metadata form was challenging for users • Data can be deposited to UR Research, but it wasn’t a focus of the repository design process
  3. 3. DATA & DOCUMENTATION .csv, codebooks, research design, survey, images, images, notes, shape files, specimens, artifacts, etc. DATA DEPOSIT REQUIREMENTS description, creator, title, publisher, date, donor, rights, collector, taxon, documents, subject, coverage, methods, etc.Data producer Repository staff Data Reuser But based on whose needs? A Context-driven Approach to Data Curation for Reuse DATA & DOCUMENTATION data collection, data producer, and repository information, prior reuse, missing data, research objectives, provenance, advise on reuse, etc. The DSpace Digital Repository Model Metadata librarians Data services staff Outreach librarians Project staff HPC staff?
  4. 4. Scoping down to data… For your purposes, what does a data repository need to do? Producers / Reusers Data curation profiles Walk-throughs of existing systems Staff IR situation analysis Interviews (informal) What systems match those needs?
  5. 5. What contextual information is needed to effectively support reuse? What resources can we devote to developing and maintaining our repository? …looking back out to library context What use cases / user needs are in and out of scope? Should data be treated the same as other scholarly resources in the IR? What is the library’s strategic vision for data? User context IT service model Library strategic plan
  7. 7. • Kyle Parry, CLIR fellow for data curation for visual and cultural studies • Nora Dimmock, Asst Dean for IT • Marcy Strong, Head of Cataloging • Kathleen Fear, Data librarian
  8. 8. Conflict and consensus • What contextual information supports reuse of these images serving multiple goals (artistic, political, documentary, etc.)? • Where are instances of conflict in what repository staff and different users prioritize? How can these conflicts be resolved?