Needs and expectations of DataONE tools:
William would like to have help digitizing his data and a place to put it where it will be used and where he could get credit for it and could see how it is being used. There is a plant taxonomy web site where some of his colleagues have uploaded data, but functionality is limited and it is hard to find. He would prefer to register his data, so people would know about it, but he wants people to ask for permission to use it. This way he could prevent misuse or misinterpretation of his data.
Intellectual and physical skills that can be applied:
William knows how to use a scanner, but is discouraged by the amount of time it would take to scan the contents of his office. On the other hand, if he only needed to invest a little time beyond the actual act of using the scanner itself in order to deposit his data at a DataONE member node, he would probably start chipping away at his collection.
Technical support available:
William has little to no technical knowledge and little technical support. He is also unsure how to go about identifying possible sources of support for such activities.
Personal biases about data sharing and reuse (and data management more generally):
Williams is generally suspicious of raw data sharing. He is more accustomed to publishing his findings in monographs. He is convinced that there is enormous value locked up in the contents of his office, but he is not sure who is best positioned to realize that value or how to do it.