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Presented at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Media Studies, 18 January 2013.
Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse" (DIPIR; http://dipir.org) is a research project addressing the data archiving challenge of preservation of meaning. This project deals with digital research data in 3 disciplinary communities: quantitative social scientists, archaeologists, and zoologists. Through a variety of research methods: surveys, interviews, observation, and web analytics, we are examining what types of contextual information needs to be preserved along with the digital research data to ensure that the data are not only renderable but meaningful over time. This presentation will focus on portions of our study dealing with quantitative social science and archaeology. For archaeology, we will discuss disciplinary data collection and documentation practices, data reuse and the difficulties of data sharing, and the construction of evidence and how these factors influence digital preservation decisions. For the quantitative social scientists, we focus on how issues of expertise play into data reuse and have implications for the contextual data required to preserve meaning. We end a comparison of key difference and similarities between the two disciplines.