Principles of Data Acquisition
UCLA Library considers the acquisition of data sets on a case-by-case basis.
At the request of faculty, students and staff, UCLA Library will consider the acquisition of data sets. In order for the Library to pursue the acquisition, the data must meet the following criteria:
In addition, the data should also meet the following criteria:
Hosting: Data can be stored locally in standard formats, remotely, by third parties or other campus partners. If the data exist freely at another site, access will be provided via a link placed in the Catalog and other discovery tools as appropriate. The Library will not harvest this data and host it locally.
Licensing: If data can be acquired with no apparent restrictions or terms, the Library will proceed with acquisition after the licensing coordinator has verified this with the provider of the data. If the data requires an agreement, the Library will only acquire it if terms reflect user needs and are in accordance with the Library’s standard agreements. By advocating for reasonable license agreements and pricing models, the Library hopes to influence and change the market to recognize the educational mission of publicly funded institutions.