Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR)

The DIPIR project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and led by Dr. Ixchel Faniel and Dr. Elizabeth Yakel. Together with partners at The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and Open Context, they study data reuse in three academic disciplines to identify how contextual information about the data that supports reuse can best be created and preserved. 

The project focuses on research data produced and used by quantitative social scientists, archaeologists, and zoologists. The intended audiences of this project are researchers who use secondary data and the digital curators, digital repository managers, data center staff, and others who collect, manage, and store digital information. Knowledge gained from the study will help guide current and future international practices for curating and preserving digital research data.

Start date: 10/1/2010
End date: 9/30/2014

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This project studies how Dissemination Information Packages (DIPs) can better incorporate information from designated communities to facilitate reuse of digital information. The project investigates data reuse in three academic disciplines (quantitative social sciences, archaeology, and zoology) and identifies how contextual information about the data supporting reuse can best be created and preserved.

This research contributes to the development of audit criteria in Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC) and to federal guidelines for the deposit of federally-funded research data. It also contributes to the discussion of significant properties and representation information and encourages rethinking the types of information needed to support data reuse. Knowledge gained from the study helps to guide international practices for curating and preserving digital research data.

The project provides models for incorporating this information into the Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). OAIS is an established standard for preservation and curation of digital objects. It utilizes a series of ‘packages’ such as the Submission Information Package (SIP), the Archival Information Package (AIP), and the Dissemination Information Package (DIP) to manage digital data. Most OAIS research has focused on SIPs and AIPs, but prior to this study, there had been no empirical research on DIPS. This project examines how a deeper knowledge of data reuse could affect our understanding of significant properties and what that meant for representation information within OAIS.

For more information on the project and for updated news and project reports, please visit the DIPIR site here.

Collaborators outside of UMSI include Nancy McGovern from the U-M Inter-university Consortium for Social and Political Research; William Fink from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts;  and Eric C. Kansa, from the University of California, Berkley School of Information.

Grants

National Leadership Grant for Libraries: Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR), Institute of Museum and Library Sciences: $589,728

 

The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences' National Leadership Grants for Libraries program enhances the quality of library services nationwide by supporting innovative projects that can be widely replicated. Areas of funding include education, research, digitization, and library-museum collaboration.