QDR serves as resource for archiving and sharing qualitative data

December 7, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Qualitative researchers at U-M have a convenient and flexible option for sharing and preserving qualitative and mixed-methods research data once the active stage of the research project is completed — the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR)

Use the QDR archive to preserve, share and discover a wide range of digital data and accompanying documentation generated or collected through qualitative and mixed-method research.

There is a growing emphasis on sharing data by publishers and funders, including federal agencies, to increase research impact, rigor and transparency. QDR has staff that are dedicated to helping you prepare your data to be deposited. You’re not on your own to figure out de-identification of qualitative data, data description or varying security levels based on the sensitivity of your data.

QDR is available via the U-M Library’s licensed institutional membership. It’s supported by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry at Syracuse University.

If you’re interested in using QDR to archive your research, take a look at their deposit guide or reach out to the U-M Library’s Qualitative Working Group at libraryqualres@umich.edu.

Don’t forget, for sharing and preserving other research outputs, including data, use U-M’s institutional repository, Deep Blue, which houses documents, videos, digital research data and more. For learning about other data storage options on campus, including those for active data use, check out the ITS Data Storage Finder.

More information about resources and support for managing and sharing research data of all kinds is available through the Research Data Stewardship Initiative (RDSI).