Computer-Aided Archiving of Qualitative Data with the Database System "QBiQ

  • Susann Kluge Universität Bremen
  • Diane Opitz Graduate School of Social Sciences
Keywords: computerised archiving of qualitative longitudinal data, database system "QBiQ, data protection and ethical aspects of research, anonymisation, secondary analysis and reanalysis

Abstract

In Germany up until now qualitative data material has rarely been comprehensively and systematically archived. At The Special Collaborative Centre 186 (Sfb 186), we responded to this situation by developing a computer-aided archiving concept for qualitative longitudinal data that also contains suitable strategies for anonymisation and detailed conditions for access and transmitting of data. We needed new computer technologies as it is very time-consuming to archive large amounts of qualitative material in paper form. The computer readable format offers several advantages; it reduces the amount of storage required, allows quick copying of the data and makes it feasible to selectively search the data for particular research questions. In addition, we are developing the database system "QBiQ" (pronounced "cubic") which not only archives qualitative and quantitative data in one system but it also provides main functions of common text analysis like coding, carrying out of text retrieval etc. Furthermore, it offers some useful interfaces for text analysis systems in order to facilitate the data exchange between different programs. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0003111

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Author Biographies

Susann Kluge, Universität Bremen
Susann KLUGE. Dr. phil., Dipl.-Sozialwiss.; born in 1963; study of Sociology, Psychology and Law in Bremen, Münster and Passau; since 1992 at the Special Collaborative Centre 186 "Status Passages and Risks in the Life Course" of the University of Bremen. Main research fields: methodology and methods of qualitative social research, empirically grounded construction of types and typologies in qualitative social research, integration of qualitative and quantitative methods, computer-aided methods of qualitative social research, archiving and anonymisation of qualitative data, women and gender studies.
Diane Opitz, Graduate School of Social Sciences
Diane OPITZ. Dipl.-Soz.wiss.; born in 1972; study of Social Sciences in Potsdam and Berlin; since 1998 at the Special Collaborative Centre 186 "Status Passages and Risks in the Life Course" of the University of Bremen. Activity fields: archiving and anonymisation of qualitative data, development of a meta-databank, integration of the databank in the WWW.
Published
2000-12-31
How to Cite
Kluge, S., & Opitz, D. (2000). Computer-Aided Archiving of Qualitative Data with the Database System "QBiQ. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-1.3.1028
Section
Concepts of Archiving