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Deposit Data

QDR welcomes deposits of digital data generated through qualitative and multi-method research in the social sciences, health sciences, applied sciences, and humanities. Research data are valuable resources: they can be drawn on for secondary analysis, employed to enhance research transparency, and used for pedagogical purposes. Sharing qualitative data helps to demonstrate the rigor and power of qualitative research.

Deposit Process

Depositing data with QDR is straightforward. We encourage you to begin the process of depositing data early in the course of your research, as the earlier we know of your interest in sharing your data, the better we are able to assist you with preparing your data for deposit. You can find a detailed description of the steps to initiate a data project, make initial and final deposits, and place any access restrictions that you may wish to place on your data here.

QDR personnel are available to assist and advise you throughout the data deposit process. The QDR web site also includes guidance and resources to help you think through data-related challenges such as protecting human participants, respecting copyright, and others.

Types of Data Projects

Data projects include data that were collected and/or produced through a particular qualitative or multi-method research project, as well as documentation describing the data and the processes used to collect and/or produce them. QDR accepts data projects of various types including “Thematic Data Projects,” which are often useful for secondary analysis, “Supplemental Data Projects,” which accompany an article or book (e.g., ATI Data Supplements), and “Pedagogical Data Projects,” which can be useful for teaching purposes. Data projects may be of more than one type. You can find out more about these different types of data projects here.

Qualitative Data: Types and Formats

Qualitative data may be of many different types, including text, images, audio, video, geospatial, tabular, and CAQDAS. QDR welcomes them all! You can find an extensive (though not exhaustive) list of the different forms qualitative data can take here. In addition, this page offers information on the recommended formats in which to create, store, and deposit your data.