DIPIR employs qualitative and quantitative data collection to investigate the reuse of digital data in quantitative social sciences, archaeology, and zoology. It’s main research focus is on significant properties.
The team has also recently published an evaluation of the perception of researchers about what constitutes a trustworthy repository. In DIPIR’s sample, perceptions of trust were influenced by transparency, metadata quality, data cleaning, and reputation with colleagues. Notably absent are such things as certifications, sustainable business models, etc. Also, as in most studies of trust in this area, the context of “trust” is left open — the factors that make an entity trustworthy as a source of information are different than those that might make cause one to trust an entity to preserve deposited with it. Since researchers tend to use data repositories for both, its difficult to tease these apart.