New Initiative Helps Libraries Meet Emerging Data Needs on Campus

Data is a big topic this year at bepress. We recently shared the news that Digital Commons can now better support data sets by offering expanded file sizes and ten times more storage. These improvements are just the start! From expanded storage capacities and clear practices for data publication, to more resources about getting started with research data in your repository, we’re committed to helping libraries develop data services for their research communities.

One of our most exciting new initiatives is the launch of the bepress Digital Commons Data Pioneers Program. We’re working with a group of fifteen schools to identify data needs on campus and showcase research data collections in Digital Commons in an effort to help us understand how to better support data needs in our community. As organizers of the program, we’re providing resources, guidance, and facilitation; and in turn, our pioneer schools are proactively seeking out data sets on their campus and sharing their experiences and feedback with the community.

We’re excited to announce our fifteen Data Pioneer schools:

  • Brigham Young University
  • Clemson University
  • College of Wooster
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Kent State University
  • Macalester College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Utah State University
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of Richmond

For more information about including data in the repository, check out our data resources page, which includes a detailed toolkit and links to a variety of Digital Commons community examples. We’ll also be rebroadcasting our free webinar, “Getting Started with Research Data in Your Repository,” this fall, so keep an eye out for that announcement!

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