The Pitt Data Catalog facilitates researchers’ discovery of data by providing a searchable and browsable online collection of datasets generated by Pitt researchers. Rather than functioning as a data repository to store data, the catalog is a digital way-finder which includes rich metadata (including: description, keywords, format of dataset, instrumentation or software utilized/required, and information about who can access each dataset and how) to increase findability and usefulness of datasets.

The Pitt Data Catalog is designed to:

  • increase the visibility of research data generated by Pitt researchers
  • be a low-barrier way for researchers to make their data discoverable without the need to deposit full datasets into a data repository
  • aggregate Pitt datasets into one location
  • facilitate collaboration across departments and institutes at Pitt
  • support the process of re-using research data
  • act as a pointer to the data or provide an e-mail address for the data owner/creator

If you are interested in submitting your dataset to the Pitt Data Catalog or have a suggestion for additional datasets to add please use the Include your Dataset form. Visit here to see Terms of Participation.

The code used to create the Pitt Data Catalog is open source and available via GitHub. Documentation and further information is available via OSF. If you would like to create a similar catalog, please use the Contact Us form to learn more about the multi-institution Data Catalog Collaboration Project.

Notice and Disclaimer: Please note that the information in this catalog is provided as a courtesy, as is, and with no representations or warranties of any kind. When you contact the responsible individual(s) listed in each record, or, where applicable, access a data repository listed, you will be subject to terms and conditions required by the data custodian/data repository. The University of Pittsburgh does not attempt to judge the scholarly quality of the data referenced and relies on the judgment and research expertise of those who created and/or deposited it.

The University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System, is a member of the Data Catalog Collaboration Project and has customized this data discovery tool in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.