Do you have responsibilities for data or statistics in your library? It may come as a surprise to you, if you are new to managing research data, that social science data professionals have been managing, storing, preserving, delivering, and providing service for social science data for 40 years. The premier organization for social science data professionals is IASSIST, an international organization that supports research and teaching in the social sciences. Members are individuals in libraries, data archives, statistical agencies, research centers, academic departments, government departments, and non-profit organizations.
A series of messages on the IASSIST mailing list has resulted in a preliminary listing of the dates of creation of data libraries and data service centers, world wide. You may find the list of interest and want to save a link to it for reference as you seek data in the future.
Chronology of data libraries and data centres (google document).
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