“I’m a librarian and I do feel part of a data community – the library sector is such a strong community, there’s a real sense of identity and belonging. When I travel to CODATA and RDA events I feel like I’m meeting colleagues and friends from across the world, building little data bridges around the globe.”
“It really matters to me that my work contributes to the public good, that people can benefit from what I do. So working to support the sharing of data for re-use, for greater promotion and visibility, so that everyone can benefit from it, is important to me. A lot of my data is cultural data – I find this type of data so inspiring. Sharing a nation’s heritage and culture makes such a unique contribution to all the data available across the world. And how can we encourage research and creativity that builds on that data?”
“There’s an argument out there that scientific data is not biased. But it’s people that decided to collect that data, and it’s people that are deciding what to collect within that and how they’re coding it and what they decide to omit. And data collected about people, we have a tendency to think that that data is going to help them but so many times, it’s not shared back with the community. So many times, it’s just for a publication or a project. I think it would be great if there were more positionality statements with our data to kind of give a little bit extra insight.
That’s kind of what I feel like I bring – that I bring up things and question things, and say why are we doing this? Or have we thought about this? But I’ve also been told that the way that I think about things and talk about things brings more vulnerability, and allows others to be vulnerable. I’m constantly learning. I’ve learned from this data community, everything that I know. I’m in it. I almost like, don’t want people to know that I might not know everything, but it’s so silly, because nobody knows everything. And so if I’m struggling, then I think somebody else might be struggling. That’s why it’s great to have the community because I can go to someone else to talk about this, or to get information. I don’t have to know everything.”
“So I ask researchers, ‘Can you help me generate this documentation, so others can use it? And so others can cite your data, and help you with that impact that you’re trying to show and share and tell stories about?’
It makes my heart happy when I work with a researcher who accepts some of my suggestions. And then they come and they share data again, and they’ve integrated that into their workflow. Those suggestions are now in their workflow. So now we can focus on other things. And how exciting is that, that I get to keep learning about these things? It’s never boring. It’s never ever boring.”