About Dataverse

P.I.: Gary King  --  Project Lead: Mercè Crosas   -- Team

Dataverse is a software application that enables institutions to host research data repositories. It provides a preservation and archival  infrastructure, while researchers can share, keep control of and get recognition for their data through an easy to access web browser interface. Dataverse supports the sharing of research data with a persistent data citation, and data publishing and management workflows with versioning and metadata standards.

History of the Project

The Dataverse Network Project is housed at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. Coding of the Dataverse Network software began in 2006 under the leadership of Mercè Crosas and Gary King. We benefited considerably from our experience with our earlier Virtual Data Center (VDC) project, which spanned 1999-2006 and was organized by Micah Altman, Gary King, and Sidney Verba as a collaboration between the Harvard-MIT Data Center (now part of IQSS) and the Harvard University Library. Precursors to the VDC date to 1987, comprising such entities as a stand-alone software guide to local data, pre-web software, and tools to transfer cataloging information by FTP to other sites across campus automatically at designated times.

History of the Name

Special thanks to Ella Michelle King, who won the contest to name our project, and to Pitney Bowe and The Forbin Group, Inc. for trademark assistance.

Beyond the PDF - DataverseThe name has even inspired some artists. This illustration was created as visual notes for the Beyond the PDF  workshop in Amsterdam in 2013, by De Jongens van de Tekeningen, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.