May 16, 2022

Journal Article: “Piloting the Purchase of Research Data Sets as Collections: Navigating the Unknowns” (Preprint)

The following research article (preprint) is posted on the “portal: Libraries and the Academy” website.


Piloting the Purchase of Research Data Sets as Collections: Navigating the Unknowns (Preprint)


Anita K. Foster
The Ohio State University

Amanda K. Rinehart
The Ohio State University

Gene R. Springs
The Ohio State University


“portal: Libraries and the Academy”
Scheduled to appear in Vol. 19, No. 2 (2019)


In fiscal year 2017, The Ohio State University Libraries in Columbus piloted the purchase of research data sets to explore how to integrate this format into the standard workflows of the collections strategist and electronic resources officer. The pilot project had few restrictions except that one-time money must be used and purchases must be available to the entire campus community. This pilot enabled the libraries to purchase several large-scale data sets while exploring issues around licensing, technical deployment, support, and assessment in an organization without a data librarian. This article details the pilot process and outlines the resulting considerations for future purchases of data sets.

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