The Princeton Research Data Service, anticipated to be underway in fall 2019, will offer resources for the management of and access to data that support findings published in peer-reviewed venues. The ability for researchers outside the University to access the data underlying peer-reviewed studies could stimulate ad ditional experiments and scholarly work.
The service will be available to University researchers across all disciplines, from the humanities and social sciences to science and engineering. The service originated as a collaborative initiative of the Dean for Research, University Librarian, and Vice President for Information Technology, and is supported by the Office of the Provost.
The Princeton University Library will host the service and is assembling a team of research data specialists to advise Princeton scientists and scholars on all aspects of the data lifecycle, from planning and gathering to cataloging and storing data.
“Our goal is to provide consultations and guidance to researchers throughout the research cycle,” said Anne Jarvis, the Robert H. Taylor 1930 University Librarian. “We are building a team that will implement initiatives across campus on how to organize, manage, retain, curate and ultimately make accessible research data.”
To lead the service, the University in April appointed Wind Cowles as director, reporting to the University Librarian. Cowles comes to Princeton from the National Institutes of Health where she served as a scientific review officer with a focus on language and communication research. Prior to NIH, Cowles was an associate professor in linguistics at the University of Florida and the director of the Language and Cognition Lab. Read a Q&A with Cowles.
The Office of Information Technology will provide the storage and network infrastructure in partnership with the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE). The data will be stored at Princeton’s High-Performance Computing Research Center as well as in commercially available cloud storage.
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