Data Interview


A data interview in the library context refers to an interaction between a librarian and a researcher with a structured or semi-structured set of questions designed to elicit information about the researcher’s data practices and/or needs.


A librarian meets with a researcher to discuss their data in order to assist them with writing a data management plan or creating a data curation profile.


This is the structured interview form described in the Witt, et al publication: Carlson, Jake, "The Data Curation Profiles Toolkit: Interview Worksheet" (2010). Data Curation Profiles Toolkit. Paper 3.

Further Resources

This paper describes the process and results of a series of semi-structured data interviews, and includes the interview questions in the supplementary files: 

Read KB, Surkis A, Larson C, et al. Starting the data conversation: informing data services at an academic health sciences library. J Med Libr Assoc. 2015;103(3):131-135. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.103.3.005

This is a paper describing the development of a more detailed structured interview form: Witt, M., Carlson, J., Brandt, S., & Cragin, M. (2009). Constructing Data Curation Profiles. International Journal of Digital Curation, 4(3), 93-103.

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