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Re-using qualitative data: Qualitative researchers' understanding of and their attitude on data re-use

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Ayoung Yoon
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In recent years, data sharing and data reuse in scientific research have been discussed in greater frequency. This has occurred with the revolution in the field of science known as data-intensive research and the growth of data in “big science”. Discussions regarding qualitative data sharing and reuse have also been very active, especially in Europe, where data archiving practices are well established. There has been a significant amount of interest in the issues related to the reuse of qualitative data. Organizations, such as the Social Research Council in the UK and the Australian Research Council have been trying to support this interest. However, the discussions do not seem to be as prominent in the United States, despite a long history of depositing and curating practices of scientific data. This study aims to understand the researchers’ thoughts and perceptions regarding qualitative data reuse in the field of social science in the United States. In particular, this study will focus on the barriers or hindrances to reusing qualitative data, the appropriate conditions for reusing qualitative data, and the perspectives of qualitative researchers on data reuse. The preliminary results from the in-depth interviews with qualitative researchers in social science will be presented.

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