Mercè Crosas

Mercè Crosas
Institute for Quantitative Social Science , Product Development , Harvard University
Cambridge, USA

Speaker of Workshop 3

Will talk about: Data Sharing with Dataverse beyond Social Sciences

Bio sketch:

Mercè Crosas is the Director of Product Development at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. Mercè first joined IQSS in 2004 (then referred to as the Harvard-MIT Data Center) as manager of the Dataverse Network project. The product development team at IQSS now includes the Dataverse Network project, the Murray Research Archive, and the statistical and web development projects (OpenScholar and Zelig). Before joining IQSS, she worked for approximately six years in the educational software and biotech industry, initially as a software developer, and later as manager and director of IT and software development. Prior to that, she was at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where she completed her doctoral thesis as a student fellow with the Atomic and Molecular Physics Institute, and afterwards she was a post-doctoral fellow, a researcher and a software engineer with the Radioastronomy division. Mercè Crosas holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Rice University and graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

Talk abstract:

The Dataverse Network is an open-source data repository developed at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) for publishing, sharing, citing and archiving research data. It was initially designed for social science data and has been used extensively for this purpose. Recently, we have extended the metadata to enable support of research data from all scientific domains. We have launched the Dataverse Network for Astronomy at Harvard, and are exploring expanding to other disciplines. In this talk, we present use cases illustrating how individual Dataverses have been used, showing the benefits of a platform that facilitates sharing and archiving data.