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Sociocultural Issues Working Group

The Sociocultural Issues Working Group conducts research to maximize the impact of DataONE by studying the social and cultural context of the scientific data life cycle.

WG Charter (pdf)

Working Group Leaders

  • Suzie Allard, University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences
  • Kimberly Douglass, University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences

Working Group Members

  • Lynn Baird, University of Idaho Library
  • Geoff Bilder, CrossRef
  • Ahrash Bissell, Consultant on Innovation in Science and Education
  • Miriam Blake, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University
  • Holly Mercer, University of Tennessee Libraries
  • Theresa Pardo, Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy
  • Miriam Steiner Davis, University of Tennessee

Past Working Group Members

  • Charles Humphrey, Alberta Research Data Centre
  • Maribeth Manoff, University of Tennessee Libraries
  • Heather Piowar, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Current Projects

DataONE Terms and Conditions of Use
The DataONE Terms and Conditions of Use are under development and cover areas such as access to data and metadata, how data members deposit to DataONE is handled, accessibility, attribution and citation of DataONE content, redistribution of data and metadata, linking to DataONE, DataONE software, copyright, liability and cost of using services among others.

DataONE Principles
The DataONE Principles, under development, articulate the values that frame the direction, goals, objectives, and specific actions undertaken on behalf of DataONE.

Use Case Scenarios
Based upon personas (described further under Project Outcomes), these scenarios will provide critical insight into the workflows of DataONE users and how well DataONE products fit system use.

Project Outcomes

Data Life Cycle Model
Via review of numerous models developed to describe and depict the Data or Information Life Cycle, and with the goals of DataONE in mind, the Sociocultural Issues Working Group devised a Data Life Cycle adopted for use by the DataONE program. This life cycle includes the following eight steps numbered here for ease of description, but operating in a circular fashion with stakeholders entering and exiting the cycle at various points: 1) Collect, 2) Assure, 3) Describe, 4) Deposit, 5) Preserve, 6) Discover, 7) Integrate, 8) Analyze.

Stakeholders Matrix
To facilitate understanding of stakeholders’ education and training needs, system specifications, socio-economic and political contexts and to facilitate measuring DataONE’s progress the Sociocultural Working Group has created a stakeholders matrix. The matrix includes five key stakeholder sectors (private industry, academia, community, government, non-profit) and numerous stakeholder employment settings. It can be used to understand the kinds of questions various stakeholders address in their work, their information needs and the ways in which DataONE can positively impact their work.

The Sociocultural Issues Working Group has developed a set of personas to help guide DataONE development efforts. A persona describes an example of the kind of person who would interact with a system. Personas are similar to use cases and scenarios but provide additional richness. Persona development has been used by the Sociocultural Issues Working Group to help guide decisions about DataONE design in order to optimize functionality and design. Personas developed to date include research scientists, citizen scientists, data librarians, university administrators, member node managers, teachers and educators, modelers, resource managers, naturalists, journalists, and consultants.

White Papers

  • Kim, Youngseek and Kevin Crowston. 2011 Draft. Scientists’ Adoption of New Technologies.

Conference Presentations about or referencing DataONE SCWG activities

  • Collaborations between Librarians and Scientists: DataONE. 3rd Annual eScience Symposium. 6 April 2011. Shrewsbury, MA.
  • Perfecting STEM Partnerships: Environmental Scientists, Information Scientists, Librarians & Educators, Oh My!. WebWise 2011. 9-11 March 2011. Baltimore, MD.
  • Environmental Empowerment: Citizens as Contributors to Science Digital Archives. International Conference on the Convergence of Libraries, Archives and Museums, 15-17 February 2011. New Delhi, India.
  • Building a DL for the future: DataONE. International Conference on Digital Libraries and Knowledge Organization. 14-16 February 2011. Gurgaon, Haryana, India.
  • DataNet: Collaboration, Curation, and Data in the iSchools: DataONE. iConference, February 2011, Seattle, Washington.
  • Research in the Socio-Cultural Aspects of Data Curation: Measuring and Improving Data Practices. Data Curation Research Summit, 9 December 2010. Chicago, Illinois.

Other presentations

  • Aydinoglu, Arsev. (2010). The emergence of multidisciplinary and multi-institutional scientific collaborations: DataONE case study. CCI Doctoral Colloquium. 22 April 2011. Knoxville, TN. Estimated audience size: 20

Scholarship Inspired by DataONE Sociocultural Working Group

  • Aydinoglu,, Arsev. (2011). “Complexity Theory Applied to ‘Big Science’ Virtual Organizations: The Case of DataONE.” Committtee: Suzie Allard (chair), Carol Tenopir, Virginia Kupritz, Heather Douglas. Graduated August 2011. Completed doctoral dissertation examining the emergence of DataONE as an organization.
  • McNamee, Sarah. (2011). Geospatial data accessibility in Web 2.0 environments. Defended 20 March 2011. Committee: Suzie Allard (chair), Lorraine Normore, Bruce Wilson. Completed masters thesis related to DataONE work and directly a result of DataONE ties — the subject of study was NPN.

Related Projects
Data Curation Education in Research Centers
Institute of Museum and Library Studies funded grant with DataONE Sociocultural Issues Working Group Co-lead Suzie Allard as Co-Principal Investigator and DataONE Usability and Assessment Working Group Co-lead Carol Tenopir as senior personnel. University of Illinois/Data Conservancy Carole Palmer and Mary Marlino, NCAR/Data Conservancy are also Co-Principal Investigators. Project began August 1, 2010.

Institute of Museum and Library Studies funded grant to support six doctoral students interested in science information education with DataONE Sociocultural Issues Working Group Co-lead Suzie Allard as Principal Investigator.

Institute of Museum and Library Studies Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program funded grant to support eight Information Science Masters students focusing on science data and information. Sociocultural Issues Working Group Co-lead Suzie Allard as Principal Investigator. Usability and Assessment Working Group Co-lead Carol Tenopir and Peiling Wang, Professor School of Information Sciences University of Tennessee as Co-Principal Investigators.