D-Lib Article Submission for Figshare Article


The NSF-funded Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)​ was introduced to D-Lib readers in the January/February issue of 2011.

DataONE has nearly concluded its five-year grant period and has produced a body of work examining practices and perceptions surrounding data sharing. Over the course of assessing communities of researchers, librarians, and others involved in the data life cycle, the DataONE assessments working group identified a new population of users: early adopters of data sharing infrastructure.

Using the Web 3.0 service “Figshare” as an exemplar, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville coordinated with Figshare’s founder to design an online survey exploring opinions and motivations of early adopters. Compared to earlier survey instruments drawing responses in the range of thousands, this survey drew a small sample size.

Nonetheless, the data provides insights, and a poster presented at UT’s 2014 College of Communication and Information Research Symposium offering a first glimpse of the data has captured interest online:

Given D-lib’s audience and early interest in DataONE, I have drafted a manuscript discussing the data at length and in context with the hope of publishing in D-Lib. The manuscript is 5,149 words, excluding the 200 word abstract, but including image captions (140 words) and headings (138 words).

Please find the manuscript for your consideration attached (Jessel-Birch-5150.docx). I have attempted to follow the conventions outlined by D-Lib, but realize I may have missed some points. I am happy to modify the manuscript as needed to make the article suitable for publication in D-Lib.


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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