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Qualitative Research Data, Archiving

Corti, Louise (2003) 'Qualitative Research Data, Archiving.' In: Miller, Robert and Brewer, John, (eds.) The A-Z of Social Research A Dictionary of Key Social Science Research Concepts. SAGE Publications Ltd., 241 - 245. ISBN 9780761971337

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Although publicly funded social science data archives have provided repositories for machine-readable datasets since the 1960s, there had been no similar initiative for preserving social science research data in other media, primarily that generated by qualitative research methods. As a result, although huge resources have been devoted to qualitative interviews and ethnographic, case and anthropological studies, the data are often inaccessible, untraceable or have been destroyed. Results from surveys of United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant holders across all social science disciplines back to the 1960s suggest that, after completing their research projects, about two-thirds of researchers store their data, either at home or at work, very few archive their data, and about a fifth destroy their material.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Science, qualitative data archiving
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2020 09:06
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2020 10:15

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