A Community Data Repository Working With The Library (+ University): Harvard Dataverse Use Case

Presentation Date: 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


IASSIST 2016 in Bergen, Norway

Presentation Slides: 

Presentation by Eleni Castro for the IASSIST 2016 session entitled: Partners in Research Data Management.

Since 2012 the Harvard Dataverse (https://dataverse.harvard.edu), powered by the Dataverse Project open source software and developed at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), has been collaborating with Harvard Library to provide a solution for sharing, publishing and archiving research data for faculty and affiliated researchers. This collaboration has helped to expand the scope of the Dataverse application to better support research data beyond just the social sciences, initially with adding metadata fields to help describe datasets from the biomedical (ISA-Tab) and astronomy (Virtual Observatory) communities, and with the aim of eventually supporting more research communities such as the humanities. The Harvard Dataverse team has also extended its services to provide user support, training, and some data curation services to the Harvard community. This presentation will also highlight some current and upcoming collaborative projects which include: connecting faculty publications with their underlying research data by integrating Dataverse with Harvard’s institutional repository Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH), providing university-wide open data awareness and support via the Harvard Open Data Assistance Program (ODAP), helping researchers meet the requirements of funder mandated data management plans through customized DMPTool services, and making faculty datasets more widely discoverable by exporting metadata (MARC) into the Harvard Library Catalog, HOLLIS.