University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kristin R. Eschenfelder

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor

(608) 263-2105

4217 HC White Hall | 600 North Park Street | Madison, WI 53706


PhD Information Science, Syracuse University 2000

Research Interests

Research fields – Data management, scholarly communications, information/data policy, science and technology studies

Methods and methodologies –  I have experience with a wide variety of data collection and analysis methodologies.  I have the most experience with content analysis, interviews, focus groups, and surveys.

Theories – Socio-technical theories and organizational and field-level theories of change

Areas of interest – Data sharing and data governance, information policy, scholarly communications, human computer interaction, government information

Classes taught

LIS 603 Research & Evaluation Methods
LIS 751 Relational Database Design & Management
LIS 611 User Experience Design I
LIS 704 Introduction to Analytics for Decision Making
LIS 705 Data Mining Planning and Management


Recent Publications

(2018)  A nine dimensional framework for digital cultural heritage organizational sustainability: A content analysis of the LIS literature (2000–2015) Online Information Review. Eschenfelder, K.R.; Shankar, K.; Williams, R; Langham, A.; Zhang, M.; Salo, D.

(2017) Eschenfelder, K. Shankar, K. Organizational Resilience in Data Archives: Three Case Studies in Social Science Data Archives. Data Science Journal, 16, p 12. DOI:

(2016) “Social Science Data Archives: A Trans-Atlantic History of Field-Level Knowledge Infrastructures from 1960-2004.”  Science & Technology Studies, Shankar, K.; Eschenfelder K.E.; Downey G.

(2014) “Governing the Data Commons: Controlled Sharing of Scholarly Data” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 65(9), 1757-1775. Eschenfelder, K.R.; Johnson, A.

More information

Eschenfelder Google Scholar profile
Eschenfelder works in Minds@UW repository
Current research: Social Science Data Archives: History & Sustainability