Annual Meeting Contributed Papers 2009 START Conference Manager    

Overcoming Inadequate Documentation

Jinfang Niu

(Submission #4)


Researchers need external documentation and internal absorptive capacity to use secondary data. When either of the two types of knowledge is inadequate, users need to seek outside information to use secondary data. In this paper, we analyze the causes of perceived inadequacy of documentation, report how secondary users seek outside information to overcome documentation inadequacy, and discuss what can be done to facilitate secondary data use.

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