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Paving the way for Data Centric, Open Science: An Example From the Social Sciences

INTRODUCTION Data has moved into the spotlight as an important scholarly output that should be
shared with the scientific community for replication and re-use in new contexts. This has a direct impact on
libraries, archives, and other service providers in the data curation and access landscape. DESCRIPTION OF
PROJECT The GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences (DAS) has been curating and disseminating social
science research data since 1960. The article presents tools, services, and strategies developed by the DAS to
support the research community in adequately responding to the legal, ethical, and practical challenges that
the transformation towards data-centric, open science presents. These include GESIS’s Secure Data Center,
the data publication platform “datorium” and a recent project to create a georeferencing service for survey
data. LESSONS LEARNED The experiences gained through these activities show that getting involved—now,
rather than further down the road—pays off in that it allows service providers to actively shape the ongoing
transformation. At the same time, by cooperating with suitable partners, the effort and investment of resources
can be kept at a manageable level for individual organizations.