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QDR Launches Dataverse Repository: Propelling Qualitative and Multi-Method Research & Data Sharing

With its focus on qualitative and multi-method research, the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) at Syracuse University curates, archives, and enables the sharing of qualitative research data. The Dataverse Project plays an integral part in propelling QDR’s mission to make the sharing of qualitative data a customary practice in the social sciences.

QDR recently went in search of...

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From Analog to Bytes: The Transformation of the Murray Research Archive

The Henry A. Murray Research Archive (MRA) at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) is a permanent repository for qualitative and quantitative research data. Founded in 1976, tucked away in Radcliffe Yard, the MRA was fondly known as The Murray Center, emphasizing the study of lives over time, with a particular focus on the lives and concerns of women. Even from these early years, the MRA was defined by its commitment...

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Global Dataverse Community Consortium Announcement

We are extremely excited to announce the latest progression for our Dataverse community with the forming of a new Global Dataverse Community Consortium.

The vision is that the Global Dataverse Community Consortium (GDCC) will provide international organization to existing community efforts and will provide a collaborative venue for institutions to leverage economies of scale in support of Dataverse repositories around the world. It is our intention that the consortium be community driven and ultimately the goals to be defined by the participants. But recent developments...

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Dataverse 4.8.6 Release

This release introduces a modular Explore feature to support external tools. It includes performance enhancements for S3 storage, provides an API endpoint to move datasets and other improvements, includes documentation improvements and fixes a number of bugs.

For a full list of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes, check out the release notes.

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Dataverse 4.8.4 Release Adds Support for Schema.org

Dataverse’s latest update adds more metadata to dataset landing pages, using a community-driven vocabulary supported by major search engines to make it even easier to find open data online.

Search results account for a large portion of traffic to datasets published online. For example, since Dataverse 4 was released in June 2015, at least a fifth of the traffic to dataset pages in the largest Dataverse installation, Harvard Dataverse, has come from search engines, mostly Google. Giving search engines and other systems richer metadata to index datasets will help people...

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Dataverse 4.8 Release

In this release we introduce support for AWS S3 file storage, providing Dataverse installations with a cloud option. We also include support for Large Data upload via rsync and integration with an external application, the Data Capture Module (DCM). Other enhancements include improved Swift object storage, csv file ingest improvements, support for increased password complexity, downloading large guestbooks, removal of a user's roles, improved documentation, and various bug fixes.

  • Provide S3 storage driver
  • Improved Swift storage driver
  • ...
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A Comparative Review of Various Data Repositories

Any fish can tell you: It’s important to know the waters you’re swimming in. To that end, Usability Researcher Derek Murphy and Product Research Specialist Julian Gautier have put together a spreadsheet that compares Dataverse’s features, usage, and governance with other prominent online data repositories. In this way, we sought to discover trends in repository design to help inform future development of Dataverse. Now we would like to share our findings with the community.

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Dataverse 4.7.1 Release

This release introduces a user management view to the administrator dashboard, listing relevant user information, providing search and super user promotion/demotion functionality. A few other community requested fixes and modifications are also provided.

  • Display installation users in table format.
  • Provide super user toggle functionality.
  • Add additional information to user table: creation time, last login, last api use.
  • Open search API to not require an API key.
  • Properly validate username field on account...
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