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Lost in Translation? Experiences in documenting qualitative data at the ADA

Presenter 1
Steven McEachern
Australian Data Archive
Presenter 2
Lynda Cheshire
Australian Data Archive
Presenter 3
Melanie Spallek
Australian Data Archive

The expansion of data holdings to incorporate qualitative content has been a major emphasis of the Australian Data Archive since 2007, focussed on the establishment of ADA Qualitative (formerly AQuA). While there have been significant challenges in efforts during this time to encourage qualitative researchers to deposit content with the archive, the deposit of these new data forms have also created new challenges for the archive in ingesting, processing and dissemination. These challenges have been threefold: - methodological: what changes do researchers need to make in their methods to support archival practice - technical: how does ADA adapt its existing metadata schema and data management software (DDI2 and Nesstar) to support qualitative content - practical: how are processing procedures for archivists changed when documenting qualitative content This paper explores each of these challenges in turn, focussing particularly on the adoption of the QuDEx schema developed by the UK Data Archive to support qualitative data archiving. The paper will discuss ADA's experience with the use of the QuDEx schema to address these three challenges, and provide suggestions for future developments of the schema and qualitative archiving more generally.

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