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What Do They Do With It? How People Re-Use Qualitative Data from the UK Data Service

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Libby Bishop
UK Data Archive

Re-use of qualitative data has grown significantly in recent years as demonstrated by numerous publications, conference sessions, and funded projects. At the UK Data Service, over 1000 qualitative data collections were delivered to users in 2009-2010. For the first time, we have undertaken a systematic analysis of how people are re-using qualitative data collections. Analysis included type of user (e.g., student, higher education staff member, government staff, etc.), discipline, whether the re-use is for education; such as post-graduate theses or teaching; or for new research, and whether the topic of the re-use is related to the original research, or for entirely different investigations. Initially, the data were collected in order to provide feedback to data creators about how their data have been repurposed. The response to these reports was very positive; data creators want to know what happens to their data. Some intend to use the report as part of their own impact reporting for research assessment. We value this information for internal purposes as well, such as better understanding usage levels of our holdings, locating innovative uses to develop into case studies, and fostering relationships between data creators and users.

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