PS: Political Science & Politics

Symposium: Openness in Political Science

Making DA-RT a Reality

Thomas M. Carsey

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Calls for greater data access and research transparency have emerged on many fronts within professional social science. For example, the American Political Science Association (APSA) recently adopted new guidelines for data access and research transparency. APSA has also appointed the Data Access and Research Transparency (DA-RT) ad hoc committee to continue exploring these issues. DA-RT sponsored this symposium. In addition, funding agencies like the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have expanded requirements for data management and data distribution. These pressures present challenges to researchers, but they also present opportunities.

Thomas M. Carsey is the Pearsall Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on representation in US state and national politics, campaigns and elections, party polarization, and quantitative research methods. He also serves as Director of the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, which operates a large social science data archive, and is the editor for the academic journal State Politics and Policy Quarterly. He can be reached at