- Sep 2019
Estimating the Effect of Asking About Citizenship on the U.S. Census March 21, 2019, 1:21 pm
This is a really interesting article in so many ways; it speaks to a larger political issue of our time, it uses an innovative method (an experiment!), and it follows a very generic and general structure of a social science research paper. Think of this as an ideal or prototype of social science research.
- Jan 2014
Less than half (45%) of the respondents are satisfied with their ability to integrate data from disparate sources to address research questions
The most important take-away I see in this whole section on reasons for not making data electronically available is not mentioned here directly!
Here are the raw numbers for I am satisfied with my ability to integrate data from disparate sources to address research questions:
- 156 (12.2%) Agree Strongly
- 419 (32.7%) Agree Somewhat
- 363 (28.3%) Neither Agree nor Disagree
- 275 (21.5%) Disagree Somewhat
- 069 (05.4%) Disagree Strongly
Of the people who are not satisfied in some way, how many of those think current data sharing mechanisms are sufficient for their needs?
Of the ~5% of people who are strongly dissatisfied, how many of those are willing to spend time, energy, and money on new sharing mechanisms, especially ones that are not yet proven? If they are willing to do so, then what measurable result or impact will the new mechanism have over the status quo?
Who feel that current sharing mechanisms stand in the way of publications, tenure, promotion, or being cited?
Of those who are dissatisfied, how many have existing investment in infrastructure versus those who are new and will be investing versus those who cannot invest in old or new?
10 years ago how would you have convinced someone they need an iPad or Android smartphone?
In the course of your research or teaching, do you produce digital data that merits curation? 225 of 292 (77%) of respondents answered "yes" to this first question, which corresponds to 25% of the estimated population of 900 faculty and researchers who received the survey.
For those who do not feel they have data that merits curation I would at least like to hear a description of the kinds of data they have and why they feel it does not need to be curated?
For some people they may already be using well-curated data sets; on the other hand there are some people who feel their data may not be useful to anyone outside their own research group, so there is no need to curate the data for use by anyone else even though under some definition of "curation" there may be important unmet curation needs for internal-use only that may be visible only to grad students or researchers who work with the data hands-on daily.
UPDATE: My question is essentially answered here: https://hypothes.is/a/xBpqzIGTRaGCSmc_GaCsrw
Responsibility, myself versus others. It may appear that responses to the question of responsibility are bifurcated between "Myself" and all other parties combined. However, respondents who identified themselves as being responsible were more likely than not to identify additional parties that share that responsibility. Thus, curatorial responsibility is seen as a collaborative effort. (The "Nobody" category is a slight misnomer here as it also includes non-responses to this question.)
This answers my previous question about this survey item:
Awareness of data and commitment to its preservation are two key preconditions for successful data curation.
Which parties do you believe have primary responsibility for the curation of your data? Almost all respondents identified themselves as being personally responsible.
For those that identify themselves as personally responsible would they identify themselves (or their group) as the only ones responsible for the data? Or is there a belief that the institution should also be responsible in some way in addition to themselves?