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1 Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences: A Model for Collaboration Authors (listed alphabetically): Micah Altman Institute for Quantitative Social Science 1737 Cambridge Street Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138 [email protected] Jonathan Crabtree Odum Institute Manning Hall, CB #3355 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27599 Darrell Donakowski Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Science University of Michigan P.O. Box 1248 Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248 Marc Maynard Institute for Social Inquiry/The Roper Center 341 Mansfield Road, Unit 1164 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 06269-1164 [email protected] Abstract The Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS) is a partnership of six major U.S. institutions with a strong focus on archiving social science research. The partnership is supported by an award from the Library of Congress through its National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). The goal of Data-PASS is to acquire and preserve data at-risk of being lost to the research community, from opinion polls, voting records, large-scale surveys, and other social science studies. This paper will discuss three of the significant products that have emerged from this partnership: (1) procedures for identifying and selecting “at risk” digital materials identified by the Partnership (2) the identification of “at-risk” social science data collections from individual researchers, as well as private research organizations, (3) the design and implementation of a shared catalog describing the data holdings of all partners. We conclude with some brief comments on the partners’ future plans to develop an inter-archival syndicated storage service.
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Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences: A Model for Collaboration [ Prepared for DigCCurr 2007] 2 Introduction Until recently many private businesses and university-based researchers have assumed that the data they generated were their property and that they had limited obligations to share their data with others, or to ensure its preservation. Despite this notion, an international movement to archive, preserve, and share data emerged when digital data began to appear in volume. Still, we cannot say that even a majority of the digital social science research content created since the revolution in sample surveys and production of digital data has been preserved. There are a variety of understandable reasons for this lack of attention to preservation. Some individual researchers have been reluctant to deposit their data in archives because they wanted to avoid sharing it with potential competitors. Some lacked the time or expertise to prepare the metadata required for effective sharing. And some investigators simply did not recognize the long term value of their data. Institutional data producers may have been under contractual obligations with those who paid for data collection to protect proprietary information. And some data just fell through the cracks.
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