The Dataverse Network is an application to publish, share, reference, extract, and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others: researchers and data authors get credit; publishers and distributors get credit; affiliated institutions get credit. A Dataverse Network (DVN) hosts multiple dataverses. Each dataverse contains studies or collections of studies, and each study contains cataloging information that describes the data plus the actual data files and complementary files.
The Dataverse Network at Odum contains one of the oldest and largest catalog of machine-readable data in the U.S. It has an extensive collection of U.S. Census data, including one of the most complete holdings for 1970 Census files. Other major sources of data include the North Carolina State Data Center, which distributes North Carolina census data, and the National Center for Health Statistics. Many studies are public, but some studies are restricted to only UNC affiliates.