Dear RDA members,
I’m writing in my capacity as a postdoctoral researcher for Juan Manuel Durán’s Making Dark Data FAIR project (Delft University of Technology – The Netherlands).
As part of our investigation, we are attempting to ascertain how much data held by academic institutions (or otherwise) is dark (i.e, non-reusable). As part of building an overall picture, we’d like to ask members of the interest group if they could find the time to contact their systems admin and request some information regarding the amount of dark data on their servers.
Essentially, we need the following statistics from your administrator:
- De-registered users: users that have been deleted from the user administration database in the past 5 years
- We need to know how many accounts are/were held by de-registered users
- We also need to know the ratio of de-registered users and total users in your system
- Inactive users: a registered user that has not had access to his/her account or to the system in the past five years
- We need to know how many accounts are from inactive users
- We also need to know the ratio of inactive users and total users in your system
From past experience, systems admins are happy to supply such information, firstly because there are no privacy concerns (none of this information concerns individual users), and secondly because it’s fairly simple technically to acquire the information.
If possible, we’d ask that you make contact with your systems administrator yourselves (rather than putting us in contact with them), only for the reason that we’re doubtful they would be willing to supply such information to us directly (given that we don’t work at your institution). However, if your system administrator has any questions regarding the statistics to be collected, please put him/her in contact with us.