Data Retrieval

Consultation on how to acquire free data or retrieve data provided by a source (e.g. Library subscriptions, government sponsor, repository).

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 Library

Digital Scholarship Support Group offers consultations and regular office hours on issues of retrieving data, as well as a series of workshops on more advanced topics, such as web APIs.

Audience

All Harvard affiliates

Service Provider

Digital Scholarship Support Group

Service Fee

None

Service Website

https://dssg.fas.harvard.edu/initiatives/research/

Contact Information

Digital Scholarship Support Group: dssg@fas.harvard.edu

Harvard College Library, Services for Academic Programs

Harvard College Library (SAP) will help Harvard community researchers access licensed data through the Harvard Dataverse infrastructure, as well as legacy formats such as CD-ROM, floppy disk.

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 Trulslow and Diane Sredi: govdocs@fas.harvard.edu

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

Baker Library (Harvard Business School)

Baker Library will download, scrape, merge, and clean data provided by disparate sources. Full service for HBS faculty includes:

  • Downloading data provided by licensed and publicly available sources
  • Batch article searching to capture counts of keywords or article citations
  • Scraping data provided by the web
  • Pulling historical data provided by disparate electronic and print sources and collating it into databases
  • Screening, merging, and subsetting existing data sources excludes surveys and human subjects experiments

Audience

School Faculty

Service Provider

Baker Library

Service Fee

Yes for full service.

Service Website

https://www.library.hbs.edu/Services/Data-Creation-Data-Collection

Contact Information

Alex Caracuzzo: acaracuzzo@hbs.edu

Countway Library (Longwood Medical Area)

Countway Library provides individual and small group consultations to members of the Longwood Medical Area community who have located research data, but need assistance downloading, manipulating, or otherwise acquiring it for their projects.

Audience

  • School Faculty
  • School Graduate Students
  • School Affiliates

Service Provider

Countway Library

Service Fee

None

Service Website

https://countway.harvard.edu/services/publishing-data-services/data-services

Contact Information

Julie Goldman: julie_goldman@hms.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

Harvard Kennedy School

Audience

  • School Faculty
  • Graduate School Fellows
  • School Graduate Students
  • School Affiliates

Service Provider

Harvard Kennedy School Library

Service Fee

None

Service Website

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

Contact Information

library_research@hks.harvard.edu

Harvard Law School

Audience

  • School Faculty
  • School Graduate Students

Service Provider

Harvard Law School Library

Service Fee

None

Service Website

Contact Information