Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR)


Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D. is the Principal Investigator for this project. She is an Associate Research Scientist at OCLC, Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and a Research Investigator in the School of Information, University of Michigan. Faniel’s research interests include the reuse of content, particularly how to capture, document and disseminate the content that makes it easy to share and reuse via technology. Her research has focused on the reuse of knowledge and scientific research data within industry organizations and academic communities. She is also working on “Examining the Reuse of Scientific Research in Practice”, a project funded by Michigan State University through the Department of Defense. Faniel also received funding from the National Science Foundation for her work on “SGER: A Cyberinfrastructure Evaluation of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation”.

Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D. is the Co-Principal Investigator for this project. She is a Professor in the School of Information, teaches in the Archives and Records Management area, and is coordinator of the Preservation of Information specialization in the Master of Science in Information program. Her research interests include use and user services for archival materials, particularly focusing on the digital realm, and the development of recordkeeping systems. She is presently principal investigator on several research projects, including “Archival Metrics and User Evaluation for Government Archives,” funded by the National Archives and Records Administration, and “Engaging Communities to Foster Internships for Preservation and Digital Curation,” also funded by the IMLS.

Nancy McGovern, Ph.D. is senior personnel on this grant. She is a Research Assistant Professor and Digital Preservation Officer for ICPSR. Her responsibilities include developing and promulgating policies that reflect prevailing standards and practice in the digital preservation community and developing appropriate preservation strategies for the expanding range of social science digital content at ICPSR. Her research interests include the organizational aspects of digital preservation and the means for the digital preservation community to continually respond to the preservation opportunities and challenges of evolving technology. Her Ph.D. is from University College London.

William Fink, Ph.D. is senior personnel on this grant. He is a Professor of Biology in the College of Literature, Arts, and Sciences, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and an expert in phylogenetics and ichthyology. Fink serves as Director of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. He received his Ph.D. from George Washington University where his dissertation advisor was Dr. Stanley Weitzman of the Smithsonian Institution. He was a faculty member at Harvard University where he was curator of fishes in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. His research includes fish biology and systematics, higher classification, and theory of systematics and biogeography.

Eric C. Kansa, Ph.D. is a consultant on this project. He is leading development of Open Context. Kansa is Executive Director of the Information and Service Design Program at the University of California Berkley School of Information. His primary role there is to develop service design projects that bring students and faculty to work in collaboration with partner organizations. His research interests include efforts to enhance the accessibility and usability of research data collected in the field sciences, as well as, the impact of ubiquitous information accessibility in the consumer experience of services. Kansa is a cofounder and former Executive Director of the nonprofit Alexandria Archive Institute.

Research Fellows

Anthea Josias is a research fellow on this project. She has a PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information. Her research interests include the preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage resources; the politics of memory and archives; and the digital humanities. She previously worked as a graduate assistant on the IMLS-funded Engaging Communities: Fostering Internships for Preservation and Digital Curation project, and has several years of professional experience in the South African archives and cultural heritage sectors. (Winter 2014 – present)

Julianna Barrera-Gomez is a Research Fellow at OCLC and is assisting with this project. She has an MS in Information Science from the University of Michigan School of Information and an MA in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. Her interests include digital archiving and preservation, particularly understanding user expectations and providing tools and methods to increase visibility and accessibility of cultural heritage holdings. (Summer 2012 – Summer 2013)

Students

Alexa Hagen is a research assistant on this project. She is an MSI student at the University of Michigan School of Information specializing in Archives & Records Management. Her research interests include digital preservation and archives workflows, data curation and storage, and accessibility in archives. (Winter 2015 – present)

Rebecca Frank is a research assistant on this project. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information; her research interests include digital preservation and access, disaster planning for digital repositories, and audit and certification processes for trustworthy digital repositories. (Fall 2012 – present)

Adam Kriesberg is a research assistant on this project. He is a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan School of Information; his research interests include digital preservation and access, data curation and the digital humanities. Previously, he served as a research assistant on the Archival Metrics Project. (Fall 2011 – Summer 2012, Winter 2013 – Fall 2013)

Jessica Schaengold is a graduate student research assistant on the DIPIR project. She is a masters student at the University of Michigan School of Information and is studying Archives and Records Management. (Fall 2011 – Winter 2012, Fall 2012 – Winter 2013)

Morgan Daniels is a research assistant on this project. She is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan School of Information studying data reuse in research communities. Her past work has explored data management in a small laboratory context and user interactions with archival representations. (Summer 2011, Fall 2012)

Ayoung Yoon is a research assistant on this project. She is a Ph.D. student at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include users’ trust in data repositories, data curation, and personal digital archiving on the Web. (Summer 2012)

Laurinda Weisse is a masters student specializing in archives and records management and preservation of information. She worked as an assistant during Summer 2012. (Summer 2012)

Michele DeLia is a masters student specializing in Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information. She was a graduate student research assistant on the DIPIR project. (Winter 2011, Fall 2011 – Winter 2012)

Gavin Strassel is a masters student specializing in Archives and Records Management at the University of Michigan School of Information. He was a graduate student research assistant on the DIPIR project. (Winter 2012)

Kathleen Fear was a research assistant on this project. She is a Ph.D. student at the School of Information. Her research focuses on scientists’ record-keeping practices and data curation activities. She has previously conducted studies of personal data management practices across a range of disciplines, prescriber perceptions of computerized order-entry systems in hospitals, and proteomics researchers’ use of provenance information in finding and evaluating datasets for reuse. (Winter 2011 – Fall 2011)

Mallory Hood is a recent graduate of the School of Information masters program and was a research assistant for DIPIR. (Summer 2011)

Annelise Doll is a graduate of the masters program at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. She specialized in Archives and Records Management and served as a research assistant on this project. (Summer 2011)

Molly Haig is a sophomore at Yale University. She is interested in English, psychology and art. She worked as an assistant during Summer 2011. (Summer 2011)

Monique Lowe completed an independent study with the DIPIR project culminating in a methodological review of approaches to defining significant properties. (Winter 2011)