ISPS and IPA to Develop a Repository for Data From Experiments

The Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale University and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) are partnering to develop a repository for research data from randomized controlled trials in the social sciences.

The repository will be an expansion – and major upgrade – of the existing ISPS Data Archive. The main objective of this project is the technical integration of the various curation processes with inventory management, metadata workflow, and Web access.

Together with Colectica, the partners will develop a software platform that allows archives to leverage the DDI standard for data documentation and to structure the curation workflow, which includes checking data for confidentiality and completeness, creating preservation formats, and reviewing and verifying code. The new integrated system will combine several open source off-the-shelf components with a new, web-based ISPS-IPA Data Pipeline application, and will enable a seamless framework for collecting, processing, archiving, and publishing data.  Primary beneficiaries will be the research community at ISPS, IPA, and beyond as the repository enables open access to data resources that have been fully reviewed and enhanced for long term usability and analysis

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