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Managing fixity and fluidity in data repositories

Author: Morgan Daniels; Ixchel M Faniel; Kathleen Fear; Elizabeth Yakel
Edition/Format:   Downloadable article   Computer File : English
Publication:IConference '12: Proceedings of the 2012 Iconference
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Data repositories walk a fine line between the fixity and fluidity of the data they curate. Change is constant, but too much change affects the integrity of data. This paper examines data transformations in three repositories, serving the zoological, archaeological, and quantitative social science research communities. Based on in-depth analysis of 27 interviews, we identify a typology of changes: adding value;  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Article, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Morgan Daniels; Ixchel M Faniel; Kathleen Fear; Elizabeth Yakel
ISBN: 9781450307826
OCLC Number: 778903027
Notes: In: iConference '12: Proceedings of the 2012 Iconference. ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 279-286.
Author affiliations: Daniels, Fear & Yakel (University of Michigan), Faniel (OCLC Research).
The paper is based on data from the Dissemination Information Packages (DIPS) for Information Reuse (DIPIR) project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and led by Faniel, principal investigator, and Yakel, co-principal investigator. The paper was presented at iConference '12 (Toronto, ON, Canada February 07 - 10, 2012).
Awards: Best Paper Award (iConference '12)
Description: 1 online resource (pages 279-286)
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Morgan Daniels, Ixchel Faniel, Kathleen Fear, Elizabeth Yakel.
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Data repositories walk a fine line between the fixity and fluidity of the data they curate. Change is constant, but too much change affects the integrity of data. This paper examines data transformations in three repositories, serving the zoological, archaeological, and quantitative social science research communities. Based on in-depth analysis of 27 interviews, we identify a typology of changes: adding value; correcting errors; creating consistency; changing representations of data to reflect new knowledge; responding to designated communities; and evolving practices around collecting. Then we discuss the nature of these changes in terms of the data and collections. Our findings indicate that organizational differences and the diverse needs of the repositories' designated communities play a large role in how they manage change.

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