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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 Subject 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.
Data sets purchased can reside on third-party platforms or can be hosted locally. Data needing to be hosted locally must comply with the policy's Data Hosting Guidelines
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.
Scholarly Engagement Librarian - Physical Sciences and Data Management