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Data Interview

A data interview is a process that involves a librarian interviewing a researcher to draw out information that needs to be considered in order to construct a data curation profile or data management plan. Librarians unfamiliar with this term can liken the data interview to the traditional reference interview, with a data-intensive focus. Questions asked during a data interview are focused on the story, purpose, and life span of the data. The goal of the interview is to acquire as much information as possible from the researcher so that the librarian can begin to implement a data management plan, or other data curation activities such as preservation and future access to the data.