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Working with data at its source: empowering social science researchers to share and document their data for archiving and discovery...

Presenter 1
Ron Nakao
Stanford University
Presenter 2
Matt Marostica
Stanford University

Enticing social science researchers to share their data has been significantly improved given the contextual changes spurred by grant foundations, associations, publishers, and government agencies. One major challenge is the documentation of the data. Ideally, the researcher would create the quality metadata that enables his/her data to be discovered, and re-used correctly. However, researchers often lack the time, expertise, or support to create quality metadata. Stanford University Libraries recently added the ability for researchers to self-deposit their data in the University’s Institutional Repository (SDR, Stanford Digital Repository). However, the metadata required for many social science studies goes far beyond that supported by the SDR self-deposit process. Librarians, faculty, and developers at Stanford have collaborated to try to address this issue via a Drupal-based web site: data.stanford.edu. We will share our experiences, assessments, and future plans.

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