Archival Science

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 37–54 | Cite as

Re-using archived qualitative data – where, how, why?

Original Paper

Abstract

“Qualitative data” are the central issue of this article. Qualitative data are a particular category of data within the social sciences, where data have been predominantly of a quantitative nature. Qualitative data could enrich social science research in many ways. The re-use of this particular type of data is however a new challenge for social science data archives. A new methodology has to be developed when dealing with these data, based on a combination of social science methodology and traditional archival descriptions. An additional question discussed in the article is what the best place should be for archiving and disseminating qualitative data: in research (social science) data archives or in the more traditional libraries and archives?

Keywords

Archives Data Research data Qualitative data Data archives ESDS UKDA Secondary analysis of data Methodology Data provision Social science 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ESDS (Economic and Social Data Service) Qualidata, Outreach and Training, UK Data Archive at the University of EssexUniversity of EssexColchesterUK

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