Yakel and team win Best Research Paper prize at IDCC13

Elizabeth Yakel

From Amsterdam comes the news that Professor Elizabeth Yakel and her team have won the award for the Best Research Paper at the 8th annual Digital Curation Centre conference, IDCC13, held January 14-17, 2013.

The paper, “Trust in Digital Repositories,” was presented by Yakel and Ixchel Faniel of OCLC Research. Co-authors are Adam Kriesberg, a PhD student at the School of Information, and Ayoung Yoon (MSI ’10), a PhD student at the University of North Carolina.

The research looked at the actions outlined by the Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories. Yakel and her team interviewed 66 archaeologists and quantitative social scientists, examining whether or not those actions were actually considered trustworthy.

In the end, both disciplinary communities associated trust with a repository’s transparency. However, archaeologists mentioned guarantees of preservation and sustainability more frequently than the social scientists who talked about institutional reputation. Repository processes were also linked to trust. Among the social scientists, novices mentioned the influence colleagues have on trust in repositories almost twice as much as the experts.

The paper outlined the implications of the findings on identifying trustworthy repositories and how they extend the models presented in the management and information systems literatures. The study will help guide current and future international practices for curating and preserving digital research data.

Research partners included The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and Open Context.

Slides of the presentation are available here.

The full paper will be published in the March issue of the International Journal of Digital Curation, an open access journal.

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013