Practice Article

Making Student Research Data Discoverable: A Pilot Program Using Dataverse

  • Jennifer Doty orcid logo (Emory University)
  • Melanie T. Kowalski orcid logo (Emory University)
  • Bethany C. Nash orcid logo (Emory University)
  • Simon F. O'Riordan orcid logo (Emory University)


INTRODUCTION The support and curation of research data underlying theses and dissertations are an opportunity for institutions to enhance their ETD collections. This article describes a pilot data archiving service that leverages Emory University’s existing Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) program. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM This pilot service tested the appropriateness of Dataverse, a data repository, as a data archiving and access solution for Emory University using research data identified in Emory University’s ETD repository, developed the legal documents necessary for a full implementation of Dataverse on campus, and expanded outreach efforts to meet the research data needs of graduate students. This article also situates the pilot service within the context of Emory Libraries and explains how it relates to other library efforts currently underway. NEXT STEPS The pilot project team plans to seek permission from alumni whose data were included in the pilot to make them available publicly in Dataverse, and the team will revise the ETD license agreement to allow this type of use. The team will also automate the ingest of supplemental ETD research data into the data repository where possible and create a workshop series for students who are creating research data as part of their theses or dissertations.

How to Cite:

Doty, J. & Kowalski, M. T. & Nash, B. C. & O'Riordan, S. F., (2015) “Making Student Research Data Discoverable: A Pilot Program Using Dataverse”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 3(2), p.eP1234. doi:



Published on
22 Sep 2015
Peer Reviewed