Risk is a foundational concept in digital preservation. While it has been examined from technical, economic, and organizational perspectives in digital preservation, I argue that it is also a social phenomenon. In this presentation, I will discuss the results from two different studies investigating the social construction of risk in digital preservation, focusing on the TRAC (ISO 16363) and CoreTrustSeal trustworthy digital repository certification systems.
Rebecca holds a PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information, an MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information with a specialization in Preservation of Information, and a BA in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan. She is Junior Professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft (IBI) and the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF). Her research examines the social construction of risk in trustworthy digital repository audit and certification. She also conducts research in the areas of open data, digital preservation, digital curation, and data reuse, focusing on social and ethical barriers that limit or prevent the preservation, sharing, and reuse of digital information.