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Deposit Data

QDR welcomes deposits of digital data generated through qualitative and multi-method research. These 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.

Types of Data Projects

QDR accepts three types of data projects (different aggregates of qualitative data):  active citation compilations, data collections, and topic clusters. Learn more about the three types of data projects here.

A Guide to Sharing Qualitative Data offers information to aid scholars in preparing all three types of data projects for deposit.  Scholars interested in assembling an active citation compilation should also consult QDR’s A Guide to Active Citation. QDR provides instructions for constructing an active citation compilation for an existing research publication as well as detailed instructions for creating a Transparency Appendix.  

Deposit Process

Scholars who wish to deposit data with QDR submit a sequence of forms and agreements for QDR to review.  In the Project Proposal Form, scholars offer an overview of the data project they hope to deposit.  In the Data Deposit Form, prospective depositors provide more detailed information on the data project including a file-by-file description of its contents; it is via this web-based form that scholars actually upload their data to QDR. Finally, in the Standard Deposit Agreement or Special Deposit Agreement, scholars make a series of required attestations that allow QDR to archive and distribute their data and indicate what (if any) access controls they wish to place on their data.

Once received, QDR staff reviews all of a depositor’s forms and agreements, as well as their data and any attendant documentation; approves data projects for posting to QDR, and prepares the data for sharing.

More detailed information about the deposit process is available here.

QDR staff can assist scholars throughout the data deposit process to help ensure that their data are properly prepared for deposit. Staff can also direct potential depositors to guidance and resources that will aid them to address issues such as confidentiality, consent, and copyright and to complete the required documentation. As QDR staff reviews data and documentation that have been deposited, they may also contact depositors to ask questions about the data.

Qualitative Data: Types and Formats

QDR data projects can contain many types of qualitative data including (but not limited to) unpublished primary sources, published primary sources, primary sources cited in secondary sources, secondary sources, and other research materials.

Digital data can be deposited in QDR in various formats: alpha-numeric (e.g., word-processed text, databases, spreadsheets), audio (digital and non-digital), video, and photographic (digital and non-digital). Whole research projects can also be stored in a Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) format. CAQDAS packages such as NUD*IST, ATLAS-ti and WinMax have export facilities that enable scholars to save a whole 'project' consisting of the raw data, coding tree, coded data and associated memos and notes. The raw data, the final coding tree, and any useful memos should be exported before the project is deposited with QDR.

QDR also facilitates the digitization of important large paper collections, arranging to have data that scholars only have in paper form (e.g., typed and hand-written notes, newspaper clippings, or documents) scanned. Scholars with data in non-digital form who are interested in learning about digitization options should contact QDR staff.