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Title: The backstage work of data sharing

Conventional wisdom makes the suggestion that there are benefits to the creation of shared repositories of scientific data. Funding agencies require that the data from sponsored projects be shared publicly, but individual researchers often see little personal benefit to offset the work of creating easily sharable data. These conflicting forces have led to the emergence of a new role to support researchers: data managers. This paper identifies key differences between the socio-technical context of data managers and other "human infrastructure" roles articulated previously in Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) literature and summarizes the challenges that data managers face when accepting data for archival and reuse. Finally, while data managers' work is critical for advancing science and science policy, their work is often invisible and under-appreciated since it takes place behind the scenes.
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  1. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  3. Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Conference: Group '14 Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Supporting Group Work, Sanibel Island, FL (United States), 9-12 Nov 2014
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Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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United States
96 KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND PRESERVATION cyberinfrastructure; data managers