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Sharing Qualitative and Qualitative Longitudinal Data in the UK: Archiving Strategies and Development

Bishop, Libby and Neale, Bren (2011) 'Sharing Qualitative and Qualitative Longitudinal Data in the UK: Archiving Strategies and Development.' IASSIST Quarterly, 34-35. pp. 23-29. ISSN 0739-1137


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Over the past two decades significant developments have occurred in the archiving of qualitative data in the UK. The first national archive for qualitative resources, Qualidata, was established in 1994. Since that time further scientific reviews have supported the expansion of data resources for qualitative and qualitative longitudinal (QL) research in the UK and fuelled the development of a new ethos of data sharing and re-use among qualitative researchers. These have included the Timescapes Study and Archive, an initiative funded from 2007 to scale up QL research and create a specialist resource of QL data for sharing and re-use. These trends are part of a wider movement to enhance the status of research data in all their diverse forms, inculcate an ethos of data sharing, and develop infrastructure to facilitate data discovery and re-use. In this paper we trace the history of these developments and provide an overview of data policy initiatives that have set out to advance data sharing in the UK. The paper reveals a mixed infrastructure for qualitative and QL data resources in the UK, and explores the value of this, along with the implications for managing and co-ordinating resources across a complex network. The paper concludes with some suggestions for developing this mixed infrastructure to further support data sharing and re-use in the UK and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative Data,; Qualitative Longitudinal Data; Data Archive; Data Policy; Secondary Analysis; Re-use; UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > UK Data Archive
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 15:32
Last Modified: 24 May 2012 15:32

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