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Making Qualitative Research More Transparent

Announcing the Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI) Initiative

We are excited to announce the first round of published projects from our Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI) Initiative. ATI creates a digital overlay on top of articles generated through qualitative and multi-method research published on journal web pages. That overlay connects specific passages of text to author-generated annotations.

Introducing the New QDR Site

Over the last year, QDR has been working hard to update both its infrastructure and repository catalog. We are proud to report a significant milestone in this ongoing project, the switching of all of our systems over to a new site that incorporates much of this considerable effort. While some of the changes will be immediately noticeable to regular visitors to the site, others are ‘under the hood.’ Here are some of the biggest improvements and changes for our users.

Tom Carsey: Remembering a Friend

QDR was very saddened to learn that, after a valiant struggle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Tom Carsey passed away on February 21, 2018. As Director of the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, Tom was a distinguished leader in the data services community, committed to helping social scientists share their data, and render their research more rigorous and transparent. While an untiring advocate of the Odum Institute, Tom was also unfailingly kind to other individuals and institutions traveling along the same road.

Ode to Data

Meet QDR's fuzzy and beautiful mascot, Data the capybara:

Image of Data the Capybara

Data (unsurprisingly given her name) got so inspired by #lovedata18 that she composed a whole ode for the occasion and asked us to share it, which we are all too happy to do:

Teaching Qualitative Data Management: Lessons Learned

We have always envisioned QDR as more than a place to deposit (qualitative) data. QDR is also a resource for qualitative and multi-method social scientists working with data. As part of this vision, we regularly teach courses on data management. With varying line-ups, QDR experts have taught data management at the annual Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research since 2013, where we also held individual data management consultations for the first time this year.

Participant Protection, Informed Consent, and Data Sharing

Respect for persons requires that subjects, to the degree that they are capable, be given the opportunity to choose what shall or shall not happen to them. This opportunity is provided when adequate standards for informed consent are satisfied.  – Belmont Report, page 10