The George Mason University Dataverse is a place for George Mason researchers to share data publicly, and is part of the Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS). MARS includes works of George Mason scholarship such as articles, books, theses and dissertations, and data. The George Mason University Dataverse data repository is a local instance of Dataverse, developed and used by Harvard University.

Why deposit data in Dataverse?

  • Increased visibility and impact of your research data. 
    Sharing your data publicly can increase your research impact and visibility, creating additional opportunities for collaboration and connection within and beyond your existing network. To assist in the sharing process, a persistent identifier (DOI) is created for each dataset.
  • Safe management of your data.
    Depositing your research data in Dataverse not only makes your data discoverable and accessible to a wider audience, but also keeps your data safer. At George Mason, University Libraries and the Office of Research Computing, are committed to the durability and sustainability of scholarship deposited in Dataverse. Dataverse uses standard data management practices, including security and backup procedures, to provide a reasonable assurance that files will remain retrievable over time.
  • Fulfillment of journal and grant mandates.
    More journals and public and private funding agencies are requiring that researchers deposit data created as part of the research process. Publishing your data within Dataverse meets the requirements of these mandates.
  • Valuable research time saved.
    Using Dataverse's easy-to-use interface to deposit, describe, and share your data saves you time and allows you to focus on your research.

The George Mason University Dataverse is for publishable products of research. It is a place for George Mason researchers to publish research data for sharing publicly. If you are looking for a home for data in progress, consider using the Open Science Framework during the collaborative phase of your research - it integrates easily with instances of Dataverse and the George Mason Dataverse to enable publishing of research products at the appropriate point in the research lifecycle. You can also deposit data into the George Mason Dataverse even if it’s already been made publicly available through another repository. 

The George Mason University Dataverse is a local instance of the Dataverse software developed by Harvard. Since it is locally installed, all data resides on servers physically located at George Mason.

How can I find more information on using and depositing in Dataverse?




Adapted with permission from University of Virginia Libraries.