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Virtuous and Vicious Circles in the Data Life-cycle

information research – vol. 24 no. 2, June, 2019 – Virtuous and vicious circles in the data life-cycle. Elizabeth Yakel, Ixchel M. Faniel, and Zachary J. Maiorana.

“In this article published in the journal Information Research, the authors present an in-depth case study that follows collaborative data sharing, curation, and reuse practices among 11 zooarchaeologists and two curators during a large data reuse project. A data life-cycle model highlights how factors in one life-cycle phase impacted other phases forming virtuous (positive) and vicious (negative) circles. Studies of data practices have generally engaged issues from the singular perspective of data producers, sharers, curators, or reusers. Taking a perspective that captures the trajectory of data, this case study discusses actions and their consequences throughout the data life-cycle. This research theme explores how different stakeholders and their work practices positively and/or negatively affected other phases of the life-cycle. More specifically, the authors focus on data production practices and data selection decisions made during data sharing as these have frequent and diverse consequences for other life-cycle phases in our case study…”

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