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Digital Preservation through Archival Collaboration: The Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences

by Micah Altman, Margaret Adams, Jonathan Crabtree, Darrell Donakowski, Marc Maynard, Amy Pienta, Copeland Young
American Archivist ()

Abstract

The Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS) is a partnership of five major U.S. institutions with a strong focus on archiving social science research. The Library of Congress supports the partnership through its National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). The goal of Data-PASS is to acquire and preserve data from opinion polls, voting records, large-scale surveys, and other social science studies at risk of being lost to the research community. This paper discusses the agreements, processes, and infrastructure that provide a foundation for the collaboration.

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