Funding agencies and institutions are increasingly asking researchers to better manage and share their digital research data. Yet, meeting those needs should not be the only consideration in the design and implementation of open repositories for data. What do researchers expect to get out of this process? How can we design our data repositories to best fit research needs and expectations, as well as those of the organization? At the University of Minnesota, we recently implement a new open repository service, the Data Repository for U of M (DRUM). This institutional-focused repository is designed for researchers to self-deposit their research data. The data then undergo a workflow of curatorial review, metadata enhancement, and digital preservation by a team of data curators in the library. The result is well-documented research data that are broadly disseminated through an openly accessible discovery interface (DSpace 4.2) and are uniquely identifiable for future reuse and citation using DataCite DOIs. Before marketing our service to campus, we performed three usability tests with our target population: academic research faculty with data they must share publicly. The results of our user-testing revealed a handful of configuration and interface design changes that would streamline and enhance our service.
Presented at the Open Repositories 2015 conference in Indianapolis, IN on June 9, 2015.
Johnston, Lisa R; Larson, Eric; Moore, Erik.
Usability Testing of DRUM: What Academic Researchers Want from an Open Access Data Repository.
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