Needs and expectations of DataONE tools:
Rick first becomes aware of DataONE at a meeting with other volunteers when the reserve staff show how the repository they have been using has become a DataONE node, which allows them the use of the visualization and other analysis tools. The reserve staff also showed how the data from their local project is being integrated with comparable datasets on those same species in other places, providing a more comprehensive picture of the natural histories of the target species and their current conservation status. Rick was inspired by this presentation, which confirmed for him that his volunteer efforts were contributing meaningfully to the science. He also became more interested in exploring related data himself, as well as in improving his data collection methodology to reduce the numbers of errors and the effort required by the reserve staff to digitize the data. To the extent that DataONE could provide templates, best practices, or other data acquisition tools, he might find find that useful. And to the extent that the visualization and data discovery tools are designed for a layperson, he might find that an interesting way to spend some of his time. And perhaps these tools and processes will help him become a leader of sorts for the local effort, serving to train future volunteers and assist reserve staff.
Intellectual and physical skills that can be applied:
At this point, Rick is quite expert at spotting and cataloging the target plants as an enhancement of his regular walks. Having seen the presentation using DataONE, he is willing to make some extra effort searching for and cataloging the plants in a more systematic manner, though probably only some of the time. He is also willing to learn how to use new tools, such as hand-held GPS units (perhaps available for loan from the reserve staff). And he is willing to assist with the process of entering his data (and those of others) into databases himself, especially if it means that less data will be lost.
Technical support available:
To date, he has not had to deal with the technology directly, for the most part. Even with DataONE, he may get some limited technical support from reserve staff, but for the most part he will be on his own, particularly when it comes to any exploratory analyses he might perform using DataONE tools.
Personal biases about data sharing and reuse (and data management more generally):
Rick has not thought much about the challenges of sharing data. He has some increased appreciation for the importance of data quality, but he doesn't otherwise have any reason to withhold data or actively seek other data. He has been operating on the presumption that the data he contributes to the project are useful and are contributing to the larger scientific enterprise. If his data are not being shared (e.g., to protect the locations of specimens of sensitive species), he would probably appreciate knowing about that and may even feel privileged to be part of a trusted circle of participants who have special knowledge about sensitive species.