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    Organizational resilience, financial strategies, and social science data archives
    How do financial strategies, and changes to financial strategies over time, contribute to the organizational resiliency of data archives? We explore the challenges, crisis and opportunities faced by data archives over 40 years and the financial strategies they have employed to deal with challenges and opportunities. This paper describes how two well-known social science data archives, ICPSR and the UK Data Archive (UKDA), adopted and adapted their financial structures over a 40 year period in order to remain sustainable.
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    Social Science Data Archives: Case Studies in Data Sustainability
    There has been a sizeable investment in the development of large-scale data and appropriate infrastructures in the physical and biological sciences and increasingly in the social sciences and humanities. Concerns about data sustainability have attracted a great deal of attention as research project data collection represents a significant investment, and loss of subsequent use of that data represents a loss of potential value.  In this poster, we focus on of the most long-lived examples of data archives: Social Science Data Archives (SSDAs).  SSDAs provide a long view on these topics as they predate both computers and the Internet. They also provide a unique opportunity to examine perceptions about what makes an archive sustainable over long periods of time, through the ups and downs of funding cycles and massive changes in technical and organizational infrastructure.  In this study, we report on preliminary research on the historical, institutional, and operational dimensions over SSDAs over time.  Drawing upon analyses of institutional and policy documents and interviews with staff, depositors, and administrators, this poster briefly discusses current challenges to SSDA longevity and implications for We describe initial findings with respect to these two SSDAs and detail next steps in expanding the study both theoretically and methodologically.
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    Response to Ireland's Open Data Implementation
    (Deptartment of Public Expenditure & Reform, 2014-09-19) ;
    We would like to commend Insight and DPER for their hard work and inclusive process on furthering Ireland’s Open Data initiatives. Although we have many concerns and thoughts about the initiatives to date, we will limit ourselves to two categories in which we feel that we have the greatest depth of expertise: the digital curation component and education/outreach of data creators. Some general comments on data audit are also included at the end.
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    The Future of Information Studies: Reflections on Sociotechnical Imaginaries
    (Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2019-07-03)
    Given in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt University, November 2019 - I want to begin by thanking my friends and colleagues at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt University for giving me this opportunity today. On this the 90th anniversary of this institution, we’ve heard about its past accomplishments and present endeavors. It’s my privilege to reflect on next steps with all of you – not just on the future of this School, but on what the future of the field of information studies might look like as a whole.
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    Studying the History of Social Science Data Archives as Knowledge Infrastructure
    (Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies, 2016-05-13) ; ;
    In this paper, we develop a brief history of Social Science Data Archives (SSDAs) and their implications for evolving scholarship on the sustainability and coordination of contemporary knowledge infrastructures.  We draw upon analyses of institutional and policy documents and interviews from active SSDAs as well as field level analyses of professional societies for staff and representatives of SSDAs.  We examine the history of SSDAs in shaping the social sciences of the latter part of the twentieth century, their strategies for remaining active and relevant through institutional and financial uncertainty, and conclude with implications for current STS scholarship in cyberinfrastructures and open data.
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    Social Science Data Archives: A Historical Social Network Analysis
    (International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology, 2017) ; ; ;
    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.
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    Inter-organisational coordination work in digital curation: The case of Eurobarometer
    Open research is predicated upon seamless access to curated research data. Major national and European funding schemes, such as Horizon Europe, strongly encourage or require publicly funded data to be FAIR - that is, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (Wilkinson 2016). What underpins such initiatives are the many data organizations and repositories working with their stakeholders and each other to establish policies and practices, implement them, and do the curatorial work to increase the available, discoverability, and accessibility of high quality research data. However, such work has often been invisible and underfunded, necessitating creative and collaborative solutions. In this paper, we briefly describe how one such case from social science data: the processing of the Eurobarometer data set. Using content analysis of administrative documents and interviews, we detail how European data archives managed the tensions of curatorial work across borders and jurisdictions from the 1970s to the mid-2000s, the challenges that they faced in distributing work, and the solutions they found. In particular, we look at the interactions of the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) and social science data organizations (DO) like UKDA, ICPSR, and GESIS and the institutional and organizational collaborations that made Eurobarometer “too big to fail”. We describe some of the invisible work that they underwent in the past in making data in Europe findable, accessible, interoperable, and conclude with implications for “frictionless” data access and reuse today.
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    Prevalence and use of the term "business model" in the digital cultural heritage institution professional literature
    We investigate how the term “business model" was used in the digital cultural heritage literature from 2000 to 2015 through content analysis. We found that discussion of business models is not prevalent and there is no observable growth trend. Analysis of how authors represented business models showed predominately positive uses of the concept but include discussion of tension between the concept of business model and traditional cultural heritage field values. We found that non- element representations of business models were most common.