Personal Digital Archiving as a Bridge to Research Data Management
MetadataShow full item record
Data literacy is quickly gaining importance for undergraduate students preparing to enter the workforce. However, most undergraduates do not work with research data regularly. In this chapter, we draw upon the principles of constructivist learning theory to suggest that personal digital archiving (PDA) can be used as an instructional bridge to teach research data management to undergraduates. PDA is the study of how people organize, maintain, use and share personal digital information in their daily lives. PDA skills closely parallel research data management skills, with the added benefit of being directly relevant to undergraduate students, most of whom manage complex personal digital content on a daily basis. By teaching PDA, librarians encourage authentic learning experiences that immediately resonate with students' day-to-day activities. Teaching PDA builds a foundation of knowledge that not only helps students manage their personal digital materials, but can be translated into research data management skills that will enhance students' academic and professional careers.
Mannheimer, Sara and Ryer Banta, "Personal Digital Archiving as a Bridge to Research Data Management," in The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving for Librarians, Archivists, and Information Professionals, edited by Brianna Marshall. Chicago: ALA Editions/Neal-Schuman, 2017.