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DCI Lecture: Professor Elizabeth Yakel, “Data Reuse from the Reusers Point of View”

Save the date! Friday, 28 September 2018, 5pm, BL 728

We would like to invite you to the next DCI Lecture, “ Data Reuse from the Reusers Point of View”, given by leading archival studies and digital preservation scholar, Dr Elizabeth Yakel.

Please join us at 5pm on September 28, 2018 for a DCI Lecture in BL 728 (Bissell building, 7th floor) by Dr Yakel!


Each year national governments in the US and Canada fund billions of dollars in research. This, in turn, generates terabytes of data — ranging from well-formatted survey data to observational data in a variety of video formats. What all this data has in common is that many of the actual studies cannot be redone. The data are unique and represent an important resource for other scholars to reuse to answer research questions.  Yet, data are notoriously hard to reuse. Drawing on my research studies of data reuse in different disciplines, including archaeology, zoology, education, and quantitative social science, I will discuss the types of context data reusers require to engage in meaningful reuse and the reasons they say they need different types of context.


Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D. is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information where she teaches in the areas of digital archives and digital preservation. Her research interests include data reuse, teaching with primary sources, and the development of standardized metrics to enhance repository processes and the user experience. One of Dr. Yakel’s research projects is “Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse” where she is studying research data reuse and digital preservation in three academic communities: quantitative social scientists, archaeologists, and zoologists. Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the goal of this research is to identify the significant properties that support both preservation of the bits as well as the preservation of meaning overtime. Her current project, Qualitative Data Reuse: Digital Records of Practice in Education, also funded by IMLS, is exploring the reuse of classroom video by researchers and teachers.