What is Dataverse and is it right for me?

The Dataverse Project

Dataverse is a research data platform and repository for sharing, discovering and preserving research data, offered to Carleton faculty and scholars in partnership with the ScholarsPortal service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).

Key Benefits:

  • Robust Canadian storage network: Ontario-hosted with long-term access and preservation in mind
  • Data management and access control: terms of use and access restrictions supported
  • Meets open access and dissemination requirements: for research funders (e.g., Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy)
  • Recognition and increased visibility: share your data with a global research community (our Dataverse is now indexed in the Web of Sciences' Data Citation Index, among others)
  • DOIs and citation standards support: rich metadata fields and Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) allow for maximum discoverability for your datasets.

Is Dataverse Right For Me?

Do you have data?

File type

Dataverse supports any file type. Stata, Rdata, SPSS, .wav, .jpeg, .png, audio files, GIS data, csv, tab, ascii, etc...

File size

Dataverse supports file sizes less than 2.5GB but it is recommended to keep files to less than 500MB.  If you have file sizes larger than 500MB, it is still possible to upload them to Dataverse, but please contact us at dataverse@library.carleton.ca before proceeding.  See additional information in the Scholars Portal Dataverse guide about file size here.

As noted in the Dataverse Guide, there is no limit on the total size of all files that you can upload for a single dataset, however if you have more than 10 GB in total file size, we request that you first contact us at dataverse@library.carleton.ca.  

Location of data storage

Data is stored on Canadian Servers located at the University of Toronto.

Data access

Data is preferred to be open to other researchers but settings can be put in place to limit who can directly download and view the data.  If you would like to upload your data with limitations on who can access and download the data, please contact us before proceeding at dataverse@library.carleton.ca

Additional benefits of Dataverse

Data deposited into Dataverse can be customized or embedded into the researcher’s website with our Theme + Widgets feature. In this way, researchers can make their datasets even more discoverable to their research community and beyond. Widgets are available at the Dataverse and dataset level and can be embedded in any website to help others find a scholar's datasets more easily.

By increasing research data's visibility using Dataverse, researchers can get recognition and proper academic credit for their scholarly work through a data citation. These citations also help ensure that when research data is published, funder and publisher requirements are met, and data is reused by other scholars, replicated for verification, and tracked to measure usage and impact over time. All of these factors can help fund future research.

Dataverse standardizes the citation of datasets to make it easier for researchers to publish their data and get credit as well as recognition for their work. When you create a dataset in Dataverse, the citation is generated and presented automatically. As an open source framework and research data repository, Dataverse is committed to helping researchers, journals, and organizations make data accessible, reusable, and open (when possible).

Content last reviewed: May 6, 2021