The Odum Institute provides services for researchers in managing, archiving and preserving social science data. The archive staff provide comprehensive data management consultation and support through all phases of the research lifecycle. The Institute houses one of the oldest and largest catalogs of machine readable data in the United States. The Odum Archive encourages researchers to deposit their data on any social science or health topic.
The Odum Institute houses one of the oldest and largest catalogs of machine-readable data in the United States. The Archive has an extensive collection of U.S. Census data, including one of the most comprehensive holdings for 1970 Census files. It also contains data from the North Carolina State Data Center, National Center for Health Statistics and Harris Polls. Almost all of the data holdings are available online in the Odum Dataverse.
The Odum Institute encourages researchers to deposit their data with the Institute. Data on any social science or health topic are welcome. We would be especially grateful for state polls and Southern data. Data archived with the Institute will be made available on the Institute's Web site at no cost to depositors or users. Benefits to depositors include inclusion of deposited data in the Institute's electronic catalog of holdings and, for public opinion data, inclusion in our public opinion item index, which allows online free-text searching.
Managing research data is a growing interest and concern for researchers as funding agencies move to requiring data management plans in all proposals. NIH has required data sharing plans in their grant proposals (for grants $500K or larger) since 2003. The NSF recently released guidelines for a new requirement that goes into effect on January 18, 2011 for their grant proposals to include data management plans.
The Odum Archive is involved in several research projects, including SafeArchive, Virtual Archiving, WILIS 3, and DataNet.