Archiving Strategies for Qualitative Data

  • Andrea Christine Jesser Universität Wien
Keywords: qualitative data archiving, quality assurance, quality criteria, qualitative data, anonymization, data archive, data documentation, digitization, meta data, living archive, Austria

Abstract

With the expansion of qualitative research, the question of how to deal with qualitative research data becomes a critical question. Large archives now dispose of specialized facilities for archiving qualitative data. However, compared to quantitative data, qualitative material requires different archiving strategies: data documentation plays a decisive role for secondary analysis, confidentiality issues and aspects of data protection have to be taken into consideration. By means of different archiving strategies for qualitative data, this article illustrates the close relationship between archiving and research processes and demonstrates the implications for the life cycle of data. The concept of living archives is introduced as an important option in this context: By subsequent use of archived resources, data stocks can grow and, in the long term, gain in value. Also discussed is how data archiving can contribute to the quality of qualitative research and what role archives can play in this context.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs130350

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Author Biography

Andrea Christine Jesser, Universität Wien

Andrea SMIOSKI leitet das qualitative Datenarchiv am Wiener Institut für sozialwissenschaftliche Dokumentation und Methodik (WISDOM). Zu ihren Tätigkeiten zählen neben der Datenakquise und -dokumentation die Unterstützung von DatengeberInnen und NutzerInnen. Sie lehrt qualitative Forschungsmethoden an der Universität Wien und beschäftigt sich mit der Weiterentwicklung der Sekundäranalyse qualitativer Daten. Außerdem arbeitet sie zu den Forschungsschwerpunkten Jugend und Jugendkulturen, Biografie und Identität und Arbeit. Zuletzt hat sie gemeinsam mit Reinhard SIEDER an einem biografieanalytischen Projekt zu Gewalt in Kinderheimen gearbeitet.

Published
2013-07-31
How to Cite
Jesser, A. C. (2013). Archiving Strategies for Qualitative Data. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-14.3.1958
Section
Single Contributions