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Home page of the Purdue University Research Repository. Images that appear on the home page are part of datasets stored in PURR. This image is from "Biological, chemical and flow characteristics of five river sampling sites in the Wabash River watershed near Lafayette, Indiana – 2014."

Home page of the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR). Images that appear on the home page are part of datasets stored in PURR. This image is from “Biological, chemical and flow characteristics of five river sampling sites in the Wabash River watershed near Lafayette, Indiana – 2014.”


The Purdue University Research Repository, a research data-management resource for Purdue faculty, staff, and students, has been updated recently to better serve the University community.

PURR provides an online, collaborative workspace for Purdue researchers with tools for learning about data-management best practices, privately sharing research files, and publishing completed data sets. Its goal is to help researchers meet funders’ data-sharing requirements and to move science forward by publishing and preserving open data, says Sandi Caldrone, data repository outreach specialist in the Research Data unit of Purdue Libraries.

The improvements made to PURR include:

  • 10 times more storage space for private files;
  • full-featured datasets gallery on the home page;
  • consolidation of all instructions, guidelines, tips, and tricks to one “Help” section;
  • new videos and tutorials; and
  • easier access for graduate students.

The design was based on results from a usability study conducted in 2017. The website also has been streamlined so that it is much easier to navigate and use. It also is mobile-friendly.

Caldrone says that if someone has used PURR before, all of their data is still there. She also notes that published data sets are now called “Datasets,” instead of “Publications.”

The account registration process also has been streamlined for easier use. Purdue users can log in using their Purdue career accounts. Non-Purdue researchers can register for an account if they are invited by a Purdue researcher to collaborate on a project.

PURR is a collaboration among Purdue Libraries, ITaP, and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships.

For more information, contact Caldrone at scaldron@purdue.edu or email PURR at purr@purdue.edu.

 

PURR (Purdue University Research Repository) enables users to explore the open data behind Purdue University's world-class research. PURR publishes and archives digital datasets from researchers across campus and welcomes all kinds of open data, from images and videos to spreadsheets and source code.

PURR (Purdue University Research Repository) enables users to explore the open data behind Purdue University’s world-class research. PURR publishes and archives digital datasets from researchers across campus and welcomes all kinds of open data, from images and videos to spreadsheets and source code.


Article courtesy of Megan Huckaby, Purdue University Marketing and Media