OCLC Post-Doctoral Researcher Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D. and Colleagues Win Best Conference Paper at IDCC13 in Amsterdam

OCLC Post-Doctoral Researcher Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D. and University Michigan School of Information (UMSI) colleague Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D., presented “Trust in Digital Repositories” at the 8th IDCC (International Digital Curation Conference), in Amsterdam (Netherlands). The paper, written with DIPIR-project colleagues Adam Kriesberg (UMSI) and Ayoung Yoon (University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science), won the best paper award at the conference.

The DIPIR (Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse) activity is an IMLS-funded project led by Drs. Faniel and Yakel. Together with partners at The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and Open Context, they are studying data reuse in three academic disciplines to identify how contextual information about the data that supports reuse can best be created and preserved. Knowledge gained from the study will help guide current and future international practices for curating and preserving digital research data.

The study reported in this paper draws from the management and management information systems literature, as well as ISO 16363:2012: Space Data and Information Transfer Systems — Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories, which OCLC Research had a significant role in developing. (Jim Michalko has written more about this on a hangingtogether.org post.)

Conference papers are eligible for publication as peer-reviewed articles in the International Journal of Digital Curation. The session was recorded and slides will be posted for viewing with it. We will post an update with access information when they become available.


ISO 16363:2012. Space Data and Information Transfer Systems — Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories outlines actions a repository can take to be considered trustworthy, but research examining whether the repository’s designated community of users associates such actions with trustworthiness has been limited. Drawing from this ISO document and the management and information systems literatures, this paper discusses findings from interviews with 66 archaeologists and quantitative social scientists. We found similarities and differences across the disciplines and among the social scientists. Both disciplinary communities associated trust with a repository’s transparency. However, archaeologists mentioned guarantees of preservation and sustainability more frequently than the social scientists who talked about institutional reputation. Repository processes were also linked to trust, with archaeologists more frequently citing metadata issues and social scientists discussing data selection and cleaning processes. Among the social scientists, novices mentioned the influence colleagues have on trust in repositories almost twice as much as the experts. We discuss the implications our findings have for identifying trustworthy repositories and how they extend the models presented in the management and information systems literatures.

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8th International Digital Curation Conference

DIPIR Project (Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse)

Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D.

Adam Kriesberg

Ayoung Yoon

ISO 16363:2012: Space Data and Information Transfer Systems -- Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories

Trust in Digital Repositories – Best IDCC Conference Paper

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