OCLC Post-Doctoral Researcher Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D. Will Present Poster on Reuse at Data Repositories at 7th IDCC Conference, 5-7 December, Bristol (UK)

The presentation is an output of the IMLS-funded DIPIR project led by Dr. Faniel and Dr. Elizabeth Yakel.

The poster presentation, Reuse at Data Repositories: User and Staff Perspectives on the Dissemination Process, is a collaborative effort of research collaeagues Adam Kriesberg, Ixchel Faniel, Elizabeth Yakel, and Kathleen Fear.


The DIPIR (Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse) project is a multi-year initiative studying data reuse in three academic disciplines (quantitative social scientists, archaeologists, and zoologists) to identify how contextual information about the data that supports reuse can best be created and preserved.

The literature on data repositories contains little evidence of the data dissemination process from the user's point of view. This study seeks to explore the user experience of the process, contrasting user perceptions with repository staff members' views on dissemination. This poster presentation reports on an initial wave of data collection with staff and users at one of the DIPIR partner institutions during the spring and summer of 2011. The research question is: How do staff members and data reusers view the dissemination process for this repository's data?

Preliminary results from the interviews show that while users have implicit knowledge of repository actions to preserve and make data accessible, they are less aware of the specifics of these activities. In many cases users attribute actions of repository staff to the actions of the data producer. This contrasts with the views of repository staff members who see their work processes as adding value to data received from producers by providing multiple file formats, creating codebooks to ensure consistency, and working to eliminate any errors from datasets.

Posters are available at various times throughout the conference, including:

  • Tuesday, 6 December
    • 10:45-11:15
    • 12:30-13:30
    • 14:30-16:00
    • 19:00-20:00 (Reception & Poster Session)
  • Wednesday, 7 December
    • 10:15-10:45
    • 13:00-14:00

The DIPIR Project is funded by the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, Grant #LG-06-10-0140-10.

More Information

Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D.

DIPIR Project (Dissemination Packages for Information Reuse)

7th International Digital Curation Conference

Conference Program

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Ixchel Faniel
Post-Doctoral Researcher
OCLC Research

Robert C. Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research