Joint purchases between the Library, researchers, and/or departments, are encouraged; in most cases, the library will manage and administer these purchases.
At the same time, we strive to be flexible; an expensive dataset or database that has high value – broad impact across research and/or instruction at Boston College – will be considered. Supplemental funding on the part of the researcher or schools are especially welcome in these cases.
Data must be accompanied by adequate documentation and metadata.
Long-term access to and retention of data will be provided at the Library’s discretion.
Decision Making Authority
Acquisition decisions will include the Data Librarian, the relevant Liaison Librarian(s), and Collections Management within the Library.