January 23, 2022

Conference Presentation: “Users and Uses of a Digital Data Archive: A Case Study of DANS”

The slides linked below were used in a keynote presentation by Milena S. Golshan (UCLA) at KNOWeSCAPE 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria on February 22, 2017.


As open access to research data becomes a requirement of funding agencies and journals, digital data archives are the preferred mechanisms for data sharing and reuse. While institutional policies support data sharing, surprisingly little is known about the uses and users of digital data archives, and about the relationships between users and the staff of data archives. Digital data archives, however, vary widely in organizational structure, mission, collection, funding, and relationships to their users and other stakeholders. We present a case study of DANS, the Data Archiving and Networked Services of the Netherlands, with the goal of analyzing the uses, users, policy, and practice of digital data archiving based on highly-distributed data collection, and the implications for data sharing and reuse.

Presentation Slides

  • Christine L. Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ashley E. Sands, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Milena S. Golshan, University of California, Los Angeles

Direct to Slides (29 pages; PDF)

Direct to DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.