What is UCLA Dataverse?
The UCLA Library recently adopted Dataverse, an open source web application designed for sharing, preserving, and using research data. UCLA Dataverse will enable people in publishing and tracking research data, text software, scripts, and data visualizations created from research projects at UCLA. The data can be made publicly available, discoverable, linkable, and ultimately, reusable. The Data Science center will support the ability of research groups, centers, schools, and departments to obtain their own sub-dataverse that they can administer with guidance and training1.
It has been a busy year for Dataverse updates. Since the start of 2020, there have been six new releases for the Dataverse repository software. Some of the new features included viewers so that users can preview files, improvements for uploading large files and other changes behind the scenes that improve the user experience.
Dataverse allows UCLA affiliated users (faculty, staff, students) to create individual or "sub-Dataverses" and self-deposit. Self-depositing has increased within the Astronomy and Archaeology departments with nine new Dataverses. Also new is a Dataverse for the UCLA Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering department. The Social Science Data Archive is also still active and functioning within the UCLA Dataverse.