Social Science Data Archives: A Historical Social Network Analysis

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Title: Social Science Data Archives: A Historical Social Network Analysis
Authors: Eschenfelder, Kristin R.Scott, Morgaine GilchristShankar, KalpanaDowney, Greg
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Date: 2017
Online since: 2017-07-27T14:54:53Z
Abstract: As public investment in archiving research data grows, there has been increasing attention to the longevity or sustainability of the data repositories that curate such data. While there have been many conceptual frameworks developed and case reports of individual archives and digital repositories, there have been few empirical studies of how such archives persist over time. In this paper, we draw upon organizational studies theories to approach the issue of sustainability from an organizational perspective, focusing specifically on the organizational histories of three social science data archives (SSDA): ICPSR, UKDA, and LIS. Using a framework of organizational resilience to understand how archives perceive crisis, respond to it, and learn from experience, this article reports on an empirical study of sustainability in these long-lived SSDAs. The study draws from archival documents and interviews to examine how sustainability can and should be conceptualized as on-going processes over time and not as a quality at a single moment. Implications for research and practice in data archive sustainability are discussed.
Funding Details: University College Dublin
metadata.dc.description.othersponsorship: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
American Society for Information Science and Technology History Fund
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology
Journal: IASSIST quarterly
Volume: 40
Issue: 1
Start page: 6
End page: 19
Keywords: SustainabilityLongevitySocial science data archivesOrganizational resilience
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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