Environmental voluntary groups: Towards curating data for sharing, access and preservation

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Abstract

This paper reports a recent study which investigated what data were collected by members of an environmental voluntary group (EVG) and how these data were collected, stored, managed and shared. A significant aim was to understand how data management and approaches to data sharing could be improved in order to enhance the contributions of EVGs to research and to science more broadly while also continuing to meet individual and group needs. Interviews were conducted with members of the Australian Plants Society Victoria (ASPV) using a broadly ethnographic approach. Findings indicate that APSV members have a strong interest in conservation biodiversity, and in increasing their own, and society’s knowledge and understanding, passions often shared with professional scientists. Yet their data are often poorly managed, creating significant impediments to sharing. The paper explores the major issues of data management and sharing and the resulting impediments to data sharing and information communication. Options for improvement are explored, especially ways to inspire and empower APSV members with skills and technology to contribute to major data repositories so that their valuable data may be preserved and made accessible beyond their immediate Society co- members.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication76th ASIS&T
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond the Cloud: Rethinking Information Boundaries
EditorsAndrew Grove
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherAmerican Society for Information Science and Technology
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Federation of Library Association World Library and Information Congress - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 15 Aug 201323 Aug 2013

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ISSN (Print)0044-7870

Conference

ConferenceInternational Federation of Library Association World Library and Information Congress
CountrySingapore
Period15/08/1323/08/13

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