Scholarly citations have existed in some shape or form since the invention of the printing press , over half a millennium now, yet principles for citing a scholarly publication’s underlying research data have yet to be universally formalized and recog
Up until v.3.5 of the Harvard Dataverse Network when a researcher created a study and deposited their research data into a Dataverse a persistent identifier would automatically be generated using the Handle system. This type of persistent identifier helps researchers quickly access a study’s datasets, and more importantly prevents loss of access to a study when a URL changes.
Screenshot of how the Handle is displayed in v.3.5 of the Harvard Dataverse Network study:
During the month of May, the Harvard Dataverse Network team partnered with a group from the Simmons GSLIS Usability Lab to conduct user testing of the Dataverse Network interface. The end goal being to help uncover ways in which the site’s user experience could be improved in upcoming versions of the system.
In order to house disparate dataverse networks within one database we are going to implement the idea of “subnetworks” in version 3.5 of Dataverse Network. The main purpose for these subnetworks is to allow for separate home page branding, search and templates for each subnetwork. Here are some key points and mockups of what the subnetworks would look like. Please note that this information is subject to change.
The IQSS Dataverse team at Harvard is looking to evaluate the usability of the Dataverse web application and how to improve the user experience. We are looking for participants who are willing to help in this evaluation.