The Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS) is a voluntary partnership of organizations created to archive, catalog and preserve data used for social science research. Examples of social science data include: opinion polls; voting records; surveys on family growth and income; social network data; government statistics and indices; and GIS data measuring human activity.
A National Digital Stewardship Alliance Founding Member, the Data-PASS partnership works to:
- Archive social science data collections at-risk of being lost.
- Catalog and promote access to archived collections in the Data-PASS shared catalog.
- Replicated preservation of archived collections.
- Advocate best practices in digital preservation.
Current partnership activities include:
- Expanding the partnership to involve others who are interested in preserving social science research.
- Promoting citation standards for research data.
- Developing a self-contained SafeArchive system to manage and audit replication of digital holdings.