Welcome: Archiving and Reusing Qualitative Data  

This web resource comprises a series of four seminars and a 2 day conference focusing on the development of approaches to archiving and reusing data. The web resource created out of the project (now taken to this web resource repository) is a record of the workshops and the conference that were run as part of the series, 'Archiving and Reusing Qualitative Data: Theory, Method and Ethics Across Disciplines'. The series was funded as a Network for Methodological Innovation, by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM). Five events were run between April 2008 and March 2009. The series brought together sociologists, anthropologists, historians, archivists and a range of others interested in the issues raised by the archiving and reuse of qualitative data. This site contains papers, powerpoints and abstracts of presentations at these events, as well as links to subsequent and related publications. It will be useful to anyone interested in this emerging field.   

 

Objectives

This web resource comprises a series of four seminars and a 2 day conference focusing on the development of approaches to archiving and reusing data. The web resource created out of the project (now taken to this web resource repository) is a record of the workshops and the conference that were run as part of the series, 'Archiving and Reusing Qualitative Data: Theory, Method and Ethics Across Disciplines'. The series was funded as a Network for Methodological Innovation, by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM).

Authors

People who originated and developed this resource are based in the University of Manchester. The original author of this resource is Niamh Moore (PI), University of Manchester. She along with the support team at Manchester worked actively on the resource site until November 2009. The ReStore team will remain intouch with the principal investigator concerning further updates and maintenance of this resource in the future.

Original Project

   This project comprised a series of four seminars and a 2 day conference focusing on the development of approaches to archiving and 'reusing' data. This series of events drew together different disciplines to reflect on key conceptual, ethical and methodological issues raised by the archiving and reuse of qualitative data. The events were organized by a network of academics and archivists from the Universities of Essex, Manchester and Sussex.

Quick Summary

  "Archiving and Reusing Qualitative Data", supported by the ESRC NCRM, aims

  • To develop approaches to archiving and reusing data which will both significantly develop recent debates in the social sciences and also contribute to a recent rethinking of the archive in history, oral history, cultural studies.
    1. Reflect on key conceptual, ethical and methodological issues raised by the archiving and reuse of qualitative data.
    2. Focus on examining conceptualisations of 'the archive' across disciplines
    3. Consider the impact of the work of Foucault and Derrida on archives, and Latour and ANT on laboratories, and those informed by these theorists across disciplines.
    4. Explores what ethical dilemmas and possible resolutions emerge out of encounters between the vulnerable, at risk subject of the social scientist, who needs to be protected by the cloaks of informed consent, anonymity and confidentiality, and the robust subject of oral history, insisting on their names and deeds being recorded for posterity, and on the project of inserting him or herself into history
  • Focus on showcasing the best of work on archiving and using archived documents in academic research. This will include Savage's work revisiting classic sociological studies in Qualidata and Moore's work using data from the Mass Observation archive to understand people's environmental practices

Classification

Data Collection (general) :: Qualitative Approaches (general) :: Data Archiving ::

ReStoration date

This web resource has been restored on:2010-11-20

Last updated:

This web resource has been updated on:2012-05-29