Daniel S. Griffin
Currently conducting member checks

My name is Daniel Griffin and I am a PhD candidate from the School of Information at UC Berkeley. I am writing my dissertation on how people in data engineering-related roles think about and use web search in their work.

My dissertation describes what data engineers do to make their web search practices successful. I also look at what such success can teach us about knowledge work and web search more broadly.

I’ve already conducted interviews and written up most of my analysis. At this stage I’m reaching out to test my claims (in what is sometimes called a member check or participant validation). I would love to share about my research and see if there is anything you would like to add to or push back on.

I discuss:

If you are interested in connecting, please grab a spot on my Calendly for a Zoom or phone call (my schedule is very flexible for the next several weeks). (I have 15, 30, 45, and 60 minute slots available—whatever the level of your interest or availability. Please tell me if those times don’t work for you and I can make myself available outside those hours.)


If you decide to participate in this study, we would schedule a one-on-one interview over phone or video chat (though you could end the call as soon as you would like).

With your permission, I will record the call and take notes during the interview. To protect your privacy, I’ll use pseudonyms for your name and company in any research publications based on this work.

I am unable to provide monetary compensation, but I would be happy to share my research findings with you (that offer stands even if it does not work for us to do an interview at this time).

This is completely voluntary. You can choose to be in the study or not. If you would like to participate or have any questions about the study, please email me at daniel.griffin@berkeley.edu.