Buying and Licensing Data

Consultations and instruction associated with obtaining, buying, and licensing research data.

Below is information about the provider(s) of this service.  Some providers work with members of a specific school, while others are open to the Harvard community more broadly.

Broadly applicable

Harvard College Library, Services for Academic Programs

Harvard College Library, Services for Academic Programs (SAP) offer consultations to help researchers and other library staff identify data and coordinate with bibliographers and collection development librarians on possible purchases.

Audience

All Harvard community; focus on FAS undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty

Service Provider

Harvard College Library, Services for Academic Programs

Service Fee

None

Service Website

https://library.harvard.edu/collections/data-and-government-information-collections

Contact Information

Hugh Truslow and Diane Sredl govdocs@fas.harvard.edu

Applicable to members of a specific school or part of the campus

Harvard Law School

Audience

  • School Faculty
  • School Graduate Students

Service Provider

Harvard Law School Library

Service Fee

None

Service Website

Contact Information

Harvard Kennedy School

Consultation and/or instruction associated with obtaining licenses for research data, purchasing data, and/or creating data use agreements. These services can also be performed on behalf of the client for a fee.

Audience

  • School Faculty
  • Graduate School Fellows
  • School Graduate Students

Service Provider

Harvard Kennedy School Library

Service Fee

When services are being performed on behalf of the client.

Service Website

https://guides.library.harvard.edu/hks/data_resources

Contact Information

library_research@hks.harvard.edu

Gutman Library (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Audience

  • School Faculty
  • School Graduate Students
  • School Affiliates

Service Provider

Gutman Library

Service Fee

None

Service Website

 

Contact Information

Rebecca Martin: rebecca_martin@gse.harvard.edu

Baker Library (Harvard Business School)

Baker Library supports HBS faculty data sharing via multiple repository options. Support includes: 

  • Helping researchers select the best repository for their needs 
  • Helping researchers consider what data can be shared 
  • Advising on preparing data and documentation 
  • Liaising with the data repository 
  • Depositing the files 
  • Creating repository metadata 

Data repository options include: 

  • HBS Dataverse: Run by Harvard, with a collection specifically for HBS-produced data. - 
  • ICPSR: Full-service data archive with a commitment to long-term preservation. Expert in managing and providing restricted access to sensitive data.
  • Journal-Approved Repositories 

Audience

School Graduate Students

Service Provider

Baker Library

Service Fee

If a DUA is required or data is being purchased with research funds.

Service Website

https://www.library.hbs.edu/Services/Buying-and-Licensing-Data

Contact Information

Katherine McNeill: kmcneill@hbs.edu