Dataverse - A Data-Hosting Solution for AgEcon Search
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Kelly, Julie; West, Amy
Dataverse, the software developed at Harvard for hosting social science data, is being used as a solution for hosting data associated with one group of papers in AgEcon Search. We are utilizing the Dataverse Network that is hosted by Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science. It is free of charge and data is backed up in perpetuity. Dataverse software is also available for downloading and local hosting. AgEcon Search is starting to archive data with one association and its journal - Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES), which publishes the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AJARE). A member of the association approached AgEcon Search in 2009, asking if we would consider hosting data from their journal. We considered the option of using DSpace software, which was AgEcon Search's software at the time, but saw a number of possible problems. Economists Online, a large subject repository, had just begun using Dataverse for their data, and after careful consideration and consultation with their staff, we decided to follow suit. Dataverse has a number of features that make it a useful choice, including the ability to list data sets from other Dataverses, being able to theme each Dataverse instance with graphics and links, customize the ingest form, and set restrictions on use of data. One need not be a programmer to set up a Dataverse instance, and technical help is available via e-mail.
USAIN 2012 Conference, Session: Contributed Papers 1- Managing and Supporting Data: Innovative Curation
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