Dataverse (or, Dataverse network)

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  • Updated.jpg 7 September 2016


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"...The Dataverse Network is an open-source application for sharing, citing, analyzing and preserving research data. The main goal of the Dataverse Network is to solve the problems of data sharing through building technologies that enable institutions to reduce the burden for researchers and data publishers, and incentivize them to share their data. By installing Dataverse Network software, an institution is able to host multiple individual virtual archives, called "dataverses" for scholars, research groups, or journals, providing a data publication framework that supports author recognition, persistent citation, data discovery and preservation. Dataverses require no hardware or software costs, nor maintenance or backups by the data owner, but still enable all web visibility and credit to devolve to the data owner."

Dataverse' is an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore and analyze research data. Researchers, data authors, publishers, data distributors and affiliated institutions receive credit via data citation with persistent identifiers (e.g., DOIs, or Handles). A Dataverse repository hosts multiple dataverses. Each dataverse contains dataset(s) or other dataverses, and each dataset contains descriptive metadata and data files (including documentation and code that accompany the data).

Dataverse <> The Dataverse Network project aims to develop software, protocols, and community connections for creating research data repositories that automate professional archival practices, guarantee long term preservation, and enable researchers to share, retain control of, and receive web visibility and formal academic citations for their data contributions. A Harvard University project (Institute for Quantitative Social Science), Dataverse was created in 2006 but is based on an earlier project called the Virtual Data Center (1999-2006). It is open-source and aims to solve data-sharing problems by building tools that help institutions share data. Institutions can host multiple individual virtual archives, called "dataverses" for research hubs and journals; this will provide a framework to support author recognition, persistent citation, data discovery and preservation. The Dataverse Network software helps organizations with hosting and storing research materials; it creates self-contained ‘dataverses,’ each of which is designed to support individual researchers or research groups". See Digital Curation Centre.



Dataverse Networks Around the World

There are several test networks installed in organizations:

APIs and Interoperability

There are two open source APIs currently available:

  • Data Sharing API: allows a remote, non-Dataverse Network repository/application to search the holdings and download files from a Dataverse Network.
  • Data Deposit API: allows a remote, non-Dataverse Network repository/application to deposit files and metadata to a Dataverse.


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