Need a Data Set?


Do you need to purchase data for your research or teaching? The Library can help!

The Data Acquisition & Access Program is focused on datasets that require license or user agreements to access. Made possible through a partnership between the Library and the D-Lab, this program provides up to $100,000 per year for the purchase of data that is of use to more than one research group or department.

There will be quarterly review cycles each year, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The next review date will be November 1st, 2016.

All UC Berkeley faculty, students, and academic researchers (or UCB librarians on their behalf) are eligible to apply; undergraduate requests must be supported by a faculty member.

To apply for funding, fill out the Purchase Request Form and select Data Set under “Type of material.”

Examples of data sets purchased so far:

  • India – National Sample Survey – Consumer Expenditure Survey Series
  • India Annual Survey of Industries, 2008-2013
  • Linguistic Data consortia membership
  • Complete Northern California Real Estate Foreclosure
  • Amadeus Historical Data (database of comparable financial and business information on Europe’s biggest 510,000 public and private companies by assets; 43 countries are covered)

(Inspired by a post on the Research IT blog)