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Data Sets Collection Policy

The purpose of the data sets collection policy and program is to encourage the appropriate use of data in research. It seeks to assist in developing a library collection with a broader range of data sets available and accessible for use by the Tulane comm

Data Collection Policy

This policy guides collection development for the acquisition of data sets at Tulane University Libraries.  The guidelines apply to a Purchase Program for which Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has set aside $5,000 annually.  The Requirements and Data Hosting Guidelines included in the policy should also be used by liaison librarians as guidance for purchasing or recommending the purchase of commercial data sets from other library funds, aside from those allocated to the Purchase Program.

For now, data sets purchased should reside on third-party platforms.  An option for local hosting is being explored and data needing to be hosted locally will need to comply with Data Hosting Guidelines that will eventually be outlined here.

Generally, data sets selected for purchase by the library should have broad broad curricular and research interest.  The library focuses its data collection development on selecting resources useful to multiple researchers.  Access to data purchased by the library cannot be restricted to individual schools, departments, or specific groups. 

Moreover, the library cannot acquire “single user” data sets for individuals. That is, the library cannot acquire data sets with restrictive license terms or technical requirements limiting use to one individual or group, to one specific project or purpose, or to a limited term or time period. 


Courtney Kearney

Scholarly Engagement Librarian - Physical Sciences and Data Management

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Melissa Chomintra

Scholarly Engagement Librarian - Social Sciences and Geospatial Data

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