I C P S R Institutional Repository Partnership Project

IR Partnership Project
University of Michigan
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248

Phone: 734-647-2200
Fax: 734-647-8200
Email: datasharing@icpsr.umich.edu


This project is about building partnerships between institutional repositories and social science data archives. Improvements in data processing and storage technology are resulting in an increase in research data on a variety of social, economic, and political subjects. Many datasets could be profitably reanalyzed, but they are at danger of being lost since they are never properly archived. Institutional repositories are charged by their institutions to preserve the scholarly products of their faculty or institution, but not all feel prepared to curate and archive social science data. How can data archives and institutional repositories improve coordination to successfully work together to archive data?

The primary activities of the project include:

  1. Forming partnerships with institutional repositories to curate and archive a small number of pre-selected social science datasets as pilot studies.
  2. Using these pilot study experiences to develop best practices for archiving such materials, which we will publish in a guide designed for use by institutional repositories.
  3. Identify and design services that ICPSR and other data archives can offer to institutional repositories to assist them with specialized tasks in the archiving and dissemination of social science data.