What do data curators care about? Data quality, user trust, and the data reuse plan

SPOSITO, Frank Andreas (2017) What do data curators care about? Data quality, user trust, and the data reuse plan. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2017 – Wrocław, Poland – Libraries. Solidarity. Society. in Session S06 - Satellite Meeting: Library Theory and Research Section joint with Preservation and Conservation Section and Information Technology Section.

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Abstract

What do data curators care about? Data quality, user trust, and the data reuse plan

Data curation is often defined as the practice of maintaining, preserving, and enhancing research data for long-term value and reusability. The role of data reuse in the data curation lifecycle is critical: increased reuse is the core justification for the often sizable expenditures necessary to build data management infrastructures and user services. Yet recent studies have shown that data are being shared and reused through open data repositories at much lower levels than expected. These studies underscore a fundamental and often overlooked challenge in research data management that invites deeper examination of the roles and responsibilities of data curators. This presentation will identify key barriers to data reuse, data quality and user trust, and propose a framework for implementing reuser-centric strategies to increase data reuse. Using the concept of a "data reuse plan" it will highlight repository-based approaches to improve data quality and user trust, and address critical areas for innovation for data curators working in the absence of repository support.

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