In a survey of perceptions about
data preservation, conducted by the University of
London Computer Centre, most humanities researchers felt that
they needed to consider preservation in order to be able to use
and reuse their research data over time. This was closely
followed in importance by preservation of research
data because of its importance to the institutional
mission, as well as for sharing and the review/validation of
Figure 1.1. Why do you think the preservation of your
research data is important?
Source: SHARD Jisc project
- The key reason researchers gave
for the need to think about the preservation of their research
data was to enable future use and access over time, not
necessarily for sharing but so that they could work on the data
themselves to produce further research outputs. However,
sharing for most came second, so many are willing to share.
Availability and access, then, were the key reasons for
Figure 1.2 What is your motivation for considering
preservation of research data?
When asked about the main reasons for considering preservation
of research data, researchers indicated that they wanted to
find out how to plan and get it right from the start of their
project. Information overload was the next reason, followed by
a need to understand digital content better and how to keep it.