Repository Services

Wednesday, June 17, 2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Many universities are developing data repository services, and many others are considering the development of similar services. This panel will present and discuss established research data repository services. Speakers will discuss the design, deployment, and sustainability of such services, as well as strategies for faculty and researcher engagement around the data repositories.

  • Paul Bracke, Associate Dean for Research and Assessment, Purdue University—moderator
  • Michael Witt, Associate Professor of Library Science and Head, Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), Purdue University
  • Mercè Crosas, Director of Data Science at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University

Download Michael Witt's Presentation

Download Mercè Crosas' Presentation

Watch the panel on Harvard University's YouTube channel

Michael Witt

Michael Witt is the head of the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2) and an associate professor of library science at Purdue University. He is also the project director for the Purdue University Research Repository and editor-in-chief of Witt serves on the Organizational Advisory Board of the Research Data Alliance, the editorial board of Information Technology and Libraries, and the DMPTool Steering Committee. Sponsors for his research include the Institute for Museum and Library Services, National Science Foundation, Microsoft Research, the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Read more.


Mercè Crosas

Mercè Crosas is the director of Data Science at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. Her team combines software engineering, statistical innovation, data curation, and multidisciplinary expertise to develop research tools that facilitate the access, reuse and analysis of data. The team consists of the Dataverse project; the data acquisition and curation team, which includes the Murray Research Archive, the Zelig project and related statistical and analytical projects; and the Consilience project on text analysis. Her current collaborations include the Data Privacy Tools project with Harvard's SEAS, the Berkman Center and MIT; the DataBridge project with the University of North Carolina; the CHIA project with University of Pittsburgh; Data Citation and Provenance with SEAS, and helping make data more accessible with the Gates Foundation, among others.

Crosas joined IQSS (then referred to as the Harvard-MIT Data Center) in 2004 as software development lead of a data sharing project, which later became the Dataverse Network. Before joining IQSS, she worked for six years in the educational software and biotech industries, and prior to that spent six years at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, first completing work for her PhD in astrophysics from Rice University at the Atomic and Molecular Physics division, and later as a post-doctoral fellow, researcher and software engineer with the Radioastronomy division. She earned a BS in physics from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.