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Data Purchase Program

Program description

The University Library is soliciting applications from faculty, academic professionals, and graduate students who need to purchase numeric, spatial, or textual data for their research.  The University Library will make the data purchased or licensed as part of this program available for general use by the campus community.  Award amounts will vary depending upon need and the availability of funding from other sources such as departmental, college, or other grant funds. However, the availability of such funding is not a condition for receipt of funding from the Library.

Awards will be targeted toward meeting smaller needs (in the $5,000 range). However, the amount available to be awarded for individual proposals will depend upon the total number and suitability of applications received.

Awards will be made on a competitive basis after the beginning of the academic year.  The first round of applications are due on May 26, 2017.  Applications will be accepted after the deadline and will be funded if they meet the criteria described in the full announcement, until available funds are expended.

Details

Application Deadline for first consideration: May 26, 2017
Announcement of Awards: August 28, 2017

Selected Results from Previous Years

For access to files that are not linked, please contact Carissa M. Philips at choller@illinois.edu

  • Residential Property Transactions and Assessments for Chicago and New York City 1997-2010 (DataQuick)
  • Residential Property Transactions and Assessments for Selected Counties in the Midwest (DataQuick)
  • American Psychological Association elections data (APA)
  • Locations of Villages in Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Cross-National Time-series Data Archive – on DVD
  • Size USA body measurement data (women)
  • Genomic data for liver and blood of rats on high-fat diets (sequencing data from Methyl-DNA immunoprecipitation assay (MeDIP) in combination with high-throughput sequencing (HTS) on the whole genome in liver and blood samples of Sprague Dawley Rats on either control diet or high fat diet) available from remc.wustl.edu
  • PALSAR satellite imagery for northern Wisconsin
  • UNIDO Industrial Statistics (INDSTAT4 and INDSTAT 2)
  • High-resolution satellite imagery of the Bermejo River (Argentina)
  • Statistics of Income by Zip Code (Internal Revenue Service)
  • Chicago bankruptcy/mortgage/divorce data
  • Data about companies started in university incubators

The University Library is soliciting applications from faculty, graduate students, and academic professionals who need to purchase numeric, spatial, or textual data for their research.  The University Library will make the data purchased or licensed as part of this program available for general use by the campus community.  Award amounts will vary depending upon need and the availability of funding from other sources such as departmental, college, or other grant funds. However, the availability of outside funding is not a condition of receipt of funding from the Library.

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.

Awards will be made on a competitive basis after the beginning of the academic year, with orders being placed largely during the fall semester and with anticipated availability in the spring semester. Applications will be considered after the deadline as long as funds are available and the purchase can be completed by the end of the fiscal year.

Eligible Researchers

Faculty, academic professionals, and graduate students at the Urbana-Champaign campus whose research requires numeric (i.e., survey, observational), spatial, or textual data.

Eligible 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.  Library funds will only be used to purchase data that can be made available to researchers across campus.

Selection Criteria

Required:

An online application that articulates the goals of the research project, the importance of the requested data to the research, and the uniqueness or unique functionality of the requested data compared to other sources of the same data (if applicable).  For example, discuss the merits of acquiring commercially repackaged housing data relative to the value of the same data available from a free online source.

Preferred:

  • Data that are accessible on the Internet.
  • Applications that indicate a willingness and interest in engaging members of the CITL/University Library Data Discovery and Support Committee in their research project

How to apply

Submit your application online  Please contact Carissa M. Phillips, choller@illinois.edu, if you have questions about this form.

Deadlines:

Applications Accepted Beginning:  March 27, 2017

Application Deadline for first consideration: May 26, 2017
Announcement of Awards: August 28, 2017

Other requirements:

If the data have been purchased (rather than licensed), the grant recipients must return the data to the library when the project for which the data were purchased is complete.  The library will make the data available as part of its collection.

Grant recipients will be invited to give a brownbag talk, hosted by the University Library’s Scholarly Commons, about how they are using the data, focusing on methodology and issues related to the data rather than on the results of their research.

Publications based on the data purchased with the grant must contain the following acknowledgment: The author wishes to acknowledge the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which provided support for the completion of this research.

Contact information for questions:

Carissa M. Phillips
Data Discovery and Business Librarian
choller@illinois.edu

Tom Teper
Associate University Librarian for Collections
tteper@illinois.edu