Data Verse Network

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General information
Description The Dataverse is an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows you to replicate others work. Researchers, data authors, publishers, data distributors, and affiliated institutions all receive appropriate credit. A Dataverse repository hosts multiple dataverses. Each dataverse contains datatset or other dataverses, and each dataset contains descriptive metadata and data files (including documentation and code that accompany the data).

Organisation Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University

Type of service Storage facility
Legislation United States

Usage and appreciation Currently more than 10 data repositories

Support organisation Tutorials, FAQs, Community websites. Contact team can be contacted at

Stage in the research project During
Postion within the research process4. Preserving data, 5. Giving access to data, 6. Re-using data
Domain 5. Public Domain
Type of data 2. Data collections and structured databases, 3. Processed data and data representations
Data curation3. Ingest, 4. Preservation action, 5. Store, 6. Acces, use and re-use
Data classification Klasse 3 voor openbare informatie
Administrative information
Funding Harvard

Depositor agreement See

User agreement CC

Policy No explicit statement can be found about the organisation's dedication to long term preservation.
Intellectual property Resides with uploader

Data curation strategy
Target group
Faculty General
Primary target group Not discipline-specific

Communities within DVN are discipline-specific, however

Secondary target group
Classification of the service
Availability Web-interface; APIs

Integrity Backups

Confidentiality Data sets can be embargoed

Accepted metadata formats DDI
A dataset contains three levels of metadata:

Citation Metadata: any metadata that would be needed for generating a data citation and other general metadata that could be applied to any dataset;
Domain specific Metadata: with specific support currently for Social Science, Life Science, Geospatial, and Astronomy datasets; and
File-level Metadata: varies depending on the type of data file.
Accepted content types Archived data Audiovisual data Databases Plain text Raw data Scientific and statistical data formats
Accepted preferred formats All formats
Accepteerde file formats All file formats are supported
Maximum size of deposits Up to 10GB per file
Version management Yes
Quality control
Access requirements
Tools / Interfaces for access Public registry of all uploaded files; APIs are available at
(Persistent) identifiers DOI, HandleSee also
Long term guarantees No policy with respect to long term preservation
Complies with international standards for trusted repositories Not certified
Preservation strategy
Storage No
Access No
Special conditions
Agreements with Leiden University None