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Discovering Data: Practices of Data Search and Reuse

Gregory, Kathleen

How do users discover, make sense of, and (re)use research data that they do not create themselves? How are these practices of data search related to and contingent upon community norms, infrastructures and data supplies? While one of the promises driving both data sharing and policy development is that data can and will be discovered and reused, exactly how researchers engage in data discovery remains under-explored. This poster summarizes findings from semi-structured interviews and a recent survey examining the data needs, discovery strategies, and sensemaking practices employed by data seekers across disciplinary domains. 


This poster was presented at the 13th Research Data Alliance Plenary meeting in Philadelphia, PA, USA on 02-04 April, 2019.  This work is part of the project Re-SEARCH: Contextual Search for Research Data and was funded by the NWO Grant 652.001.002. This poster and conference attendance was funded by the RDA Europe Early Career Researcher grant.
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  • Gregory, K.; Cousijn, H.; Groth, P.; Scharnhorst, A.; Wyatt, S. (2019). Understanding Data Search as a Socio-technical Practice. Journal of Information Science .

  • Gregory, K.; Groth, P; Cousijn, H.; Scharnhorst, A.; Wyatt, S. (2019). Searching data: A review of observational data retrieval practices in selected disciplines. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

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