DataNet: Data Conservancy

Description or Abstract of the Project: 

This project draws on the "UCLA Data Conservancy Astronomy Data Practice Interviews Round 1" datasets, which were recorded in multiple locations, primarily Southern California. The interviews were collected for the first 18 months of research on astronomy data practices as part of the Data Conservancy, which is one of the two NSF-funded DataNet projects. These projects are conducting social science research on data practices to inform the design of repositories to curate those data. The UCLA group is examining data practices in Astronomy and Astrophysics, focusing on users of large archived data sources and sky surveys. The project attempts to understand what these research communities consider to be their data, their criteria for selecting and trusting data, the data-related problems they consider to be solved, and those they view as most important to be solved.

Principal Investigator (Last Name, First Name): 
Borgman, Christine
Email Address of Principal Investigator:
Persons in Charge of Data Collection (Last Name, First Name): 
Fearon, David; Traweek, Sharon; Wynholds, Laura
Email Address of Persons in Charge of Data Collection:;;
Data Registered by (Last Name, First Name): 
Mathieu, Camille
Email Address for Person Registering the Data: 
Institution and Department: 
UCLA CENS, Department of Information Studies, Department of Gender Studies
Date of Collection : 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 to Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Data Collection Methods: 
Paper questionnaire, semi-structured interview format, audio recordings. All interviews were transcribed. Qualitative topics on the paper questionnaire include: data sources, access, sharing, and preservation in astronomy/astrophysics.
Description of Data Type: 
Events, Sound, Text
Data Format/File Type (example: jpg, xls, txt). Do NOT put periods in the format type or you will get an error message.: 
Are These Data Shareable?: 
Funding Agency (example: NSF, NIH, NOAA, or any other funder): 
NSF, Microsoft Research
Keywords : 
Data practices
Data preservation
Data sharing
Date of Registration: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014