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Panel: Preserving and Organising Qualitative Social Science Data Resources for Sharing and Re-use

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Ruth Geraghty
National University of Ireland

The session will be the shared responsibility of the DDI Alliance Exchange Qualitative data Working Group (Contact: Anne Sofie Fink, asf@dda.dk) Qualitative social science research generates complex data in a wide range of formats, including text, audio and visual. Making such materials available and usable to other researchers for secondary analysis requires professional standards of documentation and preparation of data, appropriate licensing arrangements, and ongoing data management and user support. A key initiative on standards and data management is taken by the DDI Alliance Qualitative Data Working Group. The group has proposed a conceptual meta model adding to the DDI-Lifecycle for qualitative data resources. An accompanying paper presents the challenges for a unified approach towards managing, archiving and accessing qualitative data, use of a controlled vocabulary for producing metadata as well as a requirement analysis. Additionally the paper introduces a number of cutting-edge tools for sharing and re-using qualitative data developed by data archives, universities and organisations. The session invites papers addressing all issues related to the title: “Preserving and organising qualitative social science data resources for sharing and re-use on”.

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