Who uses the digital data archive? An exploratory study of DANS

Christine L. Borgman, Herbert Van de Sompel, Andrea Scharnhorst, Henk van den Berg, Andrew Treloar

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Abstract

Despite the advances in policy and practice for data sharing, surprisingly little is known about the uses and users of digital data archives, about relationships between users and the staff of data archives, or how these behaviors vary by discipline, geographic region, policy, and other factors. Digital data archives are not a single type of institution, however. They vary widely in organizational structure, mission, collection, funding, and relationships to their users and other stakeholders. We present an exploratory study of DANS, the Digital Archiving and Networked Services of the Netherlands, with the goal of identifying methods for studying the contributors, consumers, and role of archivists in digital data archives. Starting with transaction logs that serve management purposes, we present estimates of the distribution of uses and users of DANS. Units of analysis necessary to study user behavior, such as dataset, file, user, creator, and consumer, are difficult to glean from logs that were not designed for these inquiries. We recommend methods for improving the design of data collection instruments and outline the subsequent phases of our mixed-method research on the uses, users, policy, and practice of digital data archiving.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 78th Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T 2015)
Subtitle of host publicationSt. Louis, MO, USA; 6-10 November 2015
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAnnual Conference of American Society for Information Science and Technology 2015 - Hyatt Regency St Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, United States of America
Duration: 6 Nov 201510 Nov 2015
Conference number: 78th
https://www.asist.org/events/annual-meeting-2015/

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number1
Volume52
ISSN (Print)0044-7870
ISSN (Electronic)2373-9231

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of American Society for Information Science and Technology 2015
Abbreviated titleASIS&T 2015
CountryUnited States of America
CitySt. Louis
Period6/11/1510/11/15
Internet address

Keywords

  • Data
  • digital archives
  • information policy
  • knowledge infrastructure
  • transaction log analysis
  • user behavior

Cite this

Borgman, C. L., Van de Sompel, H., Scharnhorst, A., van den Berg, H., & Treloar, A. (2015). Who uses the digital data archive? An exploratory study of DANS. In Proceedings of the 78th Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T 2015): St. Louis, MO, USA; 6-10 November 2015 (pp. 1-4). (Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology; Vol. 52, No. 1). John Wiley & Sons. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2015.145052010096
Borgman, Christine L. ; Van de Sompel, Herbert ; Scharnhorst, Andrea ; van den Berg, Henk ; Treloar, Andrew. / Who uses the digital data archive? An exploratory study of DANS. Proceedings of the 78th Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T 2015): St. Louis, MO, USA; 6-10 November 2015. John Wiley & Sons, 2015. pp. 1-4 (Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology; 1). (Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology).
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Borgman, CL, Van de Sompel, H, Scharnhorst, A, van den Berg, H & Treloar, A 2015, Who uses the digital data archive? An exploratory study of DANS. in Proceedings of the 78th Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T 2015): St. Louis, MO, USA; 6-10 November 2015. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, no. 1, vol. 52, John Wiley & Sons, Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, pp. 1-4, Annual Conference of American Society for Information Science and Technology 2015, St. Louis, United States of America, 6/11/15. https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2015.145052010096

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Borgman CL, Van de Sompel H, Scharnhorst A, van den Berg H, Treloar A. Who uses the digital data archive? An exploratory study of DANS. In Proceedings of the 78th Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T 2015): St. Louis, MO, USA; 6-10 November 2015. John Wiley & Sons. 2015. p. 1-4. (Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology; 1). (Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology). https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2015.145052010096