Discipline Classification Survey Instrument & Informed Consent

Hi Dr. Allard,

Here is an attempt at a survey instrument for discipline classification, two sections and 8 questions total.

Section I includes questions about role and work environment.

Questions 1 and 2 derived from Arsev’s PhD dissertation (8 primary subject disciplines; 11 work settings).

Question 3, current job titles, is synthesized from the actual job titles of 284 DataONE.org members’ linkedIN profiles "Job Title" section, that I aggregated and merged into 17 main classifications. I expect the list could be honed further; or expanded, I would love to use the U.S. Census Bureaus list of Job Titles but I think people would get frustrated finding their desired title out of so many options, then quit the survey.

Of the options I provided, I am concerned about "Director" and "Manager;" "Research Fellow" and "Post Doctoral Researcher" and "Research Associate / Assistant." Perhaps I don’t understand these well enough.

Question 4 and Question 5 are about total career and "in discipline" career.

Section II contains demographics – credentials and degrees first, plus year obtained, and finally age / gender.

"Education" and "Computer Science" include special degrees – Doctor of Education, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Engineering, respectively. I don’t know if you want these homogenized as "Doctorate" or not.

There is an "other" in case there is a problem where a respondent does not see what they expect.

Let me know what the next steps are and if you have any questions.





About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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