As more and more people leave the Survey, knowledge about their research, day-to-day activities, and information they have created and collected is either walking out the door with them or is left behind in someone’s office. Often these boxes that are left behind have simple labels on them such as “disks” or “office” and are eventually moved to storage rooms – or the garbage – without any idea of what information was contained in the boxes. How can we make this situation better?
At the 2011 CDI face-to-face meeting, the idea of an exit survey was introduced as a way to collect information from employees about their data and information before they leave. The intent is to have some sort of form that can be filled out which will note where data and information is located, how to access the data, etc. The hope is that even if boxes are still left behind, or data from a previous employee is needed, that these forms will give us a way to find and use that information. In 2014, a Exit Survey Working Group (ESWG) was created to help with this problem.
Currently, two complimentary exit surveys are being developed.
As these exit surveys are already needed, the ESWG will develop a draft version that will be shared with the DMWG and other interested parties. The hope is that by using this exit survey, we are ensuring that the data and information left behind has some identifying information and metadata so that it can be discovered and reused.