Collaborative Research: Metadata Portal for the Social Sciences

This is a pilot project to provide enhanced access to two seminal social science data resources – the American National Election Studies (ANES) and General Social Survey (GSS) – by creating structured, machine-actionable metadata and a portal populated with new tools for data discovery and analysis. The project will also analyze the current workflows that produce the ANES and GSS data and make recommendations for transitioning to metadata-driven processes to streamline data production and guard against the metadata loss that currently occurs.


Vincent Hutchings, Center for Political Studies (Michigan PI); George Alter (Michigan PI); Tom W. Smith, National Opinion Research Center (PI)

American National Science Foundation (NSF)

Project Period
9/15/2012 - 8/31/2014