Blogger Perceptions on Digital Preservation

Survey Closed

This survey closed on May 23, 2007.
This survey closed on May 23, 2007. We have prepared some preliminary results on our study blog, including a link to the poster presented at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2007:

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Fact Sheet

Who is leading this study?
Thank you for taking interest in our survey on blogger perceptions on digital preservation. Members of this research team are Carolyn Hank (Principle Investigator), Songphan Choemprayong and Laura Sheble, PhD students at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-CH. Our faculty advisor is Paul Jones. This fact sheet is provided to let you know more about the purpose for our study.

What is the purpose of this study?
Since first emerging in the mid-1990s, weblogs, or blogs, have emerged as valuable records of current social and political events. This research study grew out of calls in the literature of information and library science to regard these new vehicles for communication and information dissemination as valuable additions to the human record. The purpose of this research is to survey bloggers’ own perceptions on digital preservation. It is hoped that the results of this study will inform development of recommendations for impacting stewardship of weblogs at the level of creation, and the development of strategies for capturing the content of blogs for perpetuity.

How many people will take part in this study?
215 people completed this survey between April 23 and May 23, 2007.

What if you have questions about this study?
If you have questions about this research study, you may contact the Principle Investigator, Carolyn Hank by email at, or this study's faculty adviser, Paul Jones, by email at

All research on human volunteers is reviewed by a committee that works to protect your rights and welfare. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the Institutional Review Board at 919-966-3113 or by email to Please reference IRB study# 07-0640.

How do I take the survey?

Again, the survey closed on May 23, 2007, and is no longer available. Some preliminary results may be viewed at:

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Thank you for your interest in our study.

Information About this Study


IRB Study #:

Consent Form Version Date:

Title of Study:
Blogger Perceptions on Digital Preservation

Principle Investigator:
Carolyn Hank
UNC-Chapel Hill Department:
School of Information and Library Science

Faculty Adviser:
Paul Jones
UNC-Chapel Hill Departments:
School of Information and Library Science; School of Journalism and Mass Communication;

Study Contact Telephone Number:

Study Contact email:
Carolyn Hank, PI

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