Needs and expectations of DataONE tools:
NOAA requires that Laura upload her data into the NODC. She also uploads her data to the WHOI data store. She will send out data in spreadsheets to other researchers if asked and if she has the time to put them together. In some cases, such sharing has lead to interesting collaborations and she would be open to such opportunities in the future. Laura would gladly pay her data manager to upload her data into additional repositories as long as she could keep track of usage and gain citations. She would appreciate a chance to review and comment on the results of such use before publication, to receive copies of published articles and to ensure that her funding agency is acknowledged. It would be better if DataONE could streamline the process of sharing data. Finally, she is aware that other researchers have created derivative datasets based on her data (among others). While she believes this is an appropriate use of her data, she would like some way to assess the impact of this contribution and to receive credit for her work.
Laura would like to compare her field data with comparable field data and to historical data to identify trends, but she does not routinely download data from NODC because of poor usability. She would like to be able to go to one place, download all phosphate measurements made in the Gulf of Mexico (for example) and receive those data in a file, formatted to her specifications.
Intellectual and physical skills that can be applied:
Laura is already adept at handling large datasets, including those handling abstract data fields which cannot be easily managed by hand. The process of compiling and analyzing her data can be complex; thus, she already understands that a crucial reporting requirement for sharing data is to also share the specific methods and subsequent data management steps taken to render the data amenable to analysis. She has first-hand experience with data of poor usability and she is keen to provide her data to a system and in a manner that does not suffer these same problems.
Technical support available:
Laura employs a science diver who also acts as a data manager. WHOI also provides some data support. Her cruises are instrument and data heavy. Given the quantities of data involved, she must be able to utilize protocols which significantly automate the process of data deposition into DataONE affiliated repositories or else it will be too much work for her to contemplate.
Personal biases about data sharing and reuse (and data management more generally):
Laura accepts and takes seriously the obligation to upload her data. She needs a wide variety of data and believes that sharing data is important to be able to create a holistic view of the ecosystems she studies. She also believes that many of the data she needs for her own research likely already exist, albeit in inaccessible or unhelpful form. Part of her motivation to share data is to illustrate best practices and to encourage more people to develop tools and processes which might help in her own research.