This is a pilot program to address the needs of faculty and graduate students whose research requires that they access and manipulate commercially available data sets.
Data requests can be for repackaged public data or for data collected by individual researchers that is subsequently made available for a fee. The library strongly prefers to acquire data that are accessible online rather than on DVD or other tangible storage media. For licensed data, this grant program will only support a license for one year. Other library funds may be available to continue the license after the first year but continued access cannot be guaranteed.
The awards will be targeted toward meeting smaller needs (ca. $5,000 range). However, the amount available to be awarded for individual proposals will depend up on the total number and suitability of applications received.
The application deadline is Oct. 15. Application directions and other details are available on the Library’s website.