Friday, October 14, 2011

Call for participation in the DIPIR study, facilitating data reuse

DIPIR study, facilitating data reuse
If you have used digital data from ADS, tDAR, Open Context or another archaeological repository or website, or plan to do so in the future, we want to talk to you.

We are Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D. at the School of Information, University of Michigan and Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D. from OCLC Research. We have partnered with Eric Kansa, Ph.D. of Open Context for a study called Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR). This study explores how to facilitate reuse of digital data and collections. The DIPIR study is being funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to explore how to facilitate reuse of digital data and collections (

We would like to interview you about the data you work with, especially any data you have used or intend to use from a repository or website (e.g., ADS, tDAR, Open Context, Cuneiform Digital Library, museum and project specific web sites, Pleiades, Perseus DigitalLibrary, American Numismatic Society). We are particularly interested in your attitudes toward and perceptions of data reuse in archaeology.

We are currently scheduling phone and face-to-face interviews. Additionally, we will be at the American Schools of Oriental Researchmeeting in November 2011 to conduct interviews. The interview will last 1 hour and be audio taped. All information you provide will be anonymized in any publications and your participation will be kept confidential. Participants in the study will be compensated $25 for their time.

Please email us at if you are willing to be interviewed.

Thank you in advance for your time. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely, Elizabeth Yakel and Ixchel Faniel

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