[Air-L] Data sharing and collaboration in qualitative research

Michael Gurstein gurstein at gmail.com
Mon Jun 15 11:30:01 PDT 2009

Hi Dan,

A very interesting and potentially significant area of inquiry.

A couple of directions you might think about are processes of sharing data
between researchers and directly involved communities in a community
informatics (in this instance, participatory action research) context.  The
overall objective here is that communities be equal partners with
researchers in the process of defining research objectives, identifying
research methods, collecting data, analysis and then drawing
conclusions/recommendations etc.

This was the (intended) structure of the CRACIN (Canadian Research Alliance
for Community Innovation and Networking) project and several of the papers
http://www3.fis.utoronto.ca/iprp/cracin/ allude to this process.  There will
be at least one and possibly more papers dealing directly with this (and
CRACIN's successes and failures in this area) in the upcoming book bringing
together the results from CRACIN.

Also, from a community informatics perspective you might like to take a look
at the work of Ann Bishop and Chip Bruce from the GSLIS-Community
Informatics Initiative at the U. of Illinois Urbana-Champagne and their work
on "Community Inquiry".  A very interesting paper on this will be out in the
next issue of the Journal of Community Informatics http://ci-journal.net
which should be out by early in July which I think directly responds to your
area of interest.



Michael Gurstein, Ph.D.
Director: Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and
Vancouver, CANADA
CA tel. +1-604-602-0624

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[Apologies for cross posting]
I am trying to track down any journal articles, book chapters, conference
papers, and technical reports that address issues concerning the sharing of
material/data generated by qualitative research, including participant
observation, interviews, document analysis, oral history data, or other. By
"sharing" this could refer to either of the sharing of material in small
research teams, on larger distributed teams, or even with the public. In
terms of kinds or articles, I am definitely interested in any perspectives
on the topic (either enthusiastic or critical). However, I am especially
interested in trying to track down any case studies that report on the
sharing of qualitative data in any of the manners listed above. These could
either be reports on one's own experiences or empirical studies of others'

Thus far, most of the material I have found has been on the topic of
creating archives for long-term re-use and secondary analysis of qualitative
data. For those interested in this topic as well, below I have included some
of starting points that have been helpful:

Hammersley, Martyn. 1997. Qualitative Data Archiving: Some Reflections on
its Prospects and Problems. Sociology 31, no. 1 (February 1): 131-142.

Parry, Odette, and Natasha S. Mauthner. 2004. Whose Data are They Anyway?:
Practical, Legal and Ethical Issues in Archiving Qualitative Research Data.
Sociology 38, no. 1 (February 1): 139-152.

Mauthner, Natasha S., Odette Parry, and Kathryn Backett-Milburn. 1998. The
Data are Out there, or are They? Implications for Archiving and Revisiting
Qualitative Data. Sociology 32, no. 4 (November 1): 733-745.

Moore, Niamh. 2007. (Re)Using Qualitative Data? Sociological Research Online
12, no. 3 (May 30).

Corti, Louise, and Paul Thompson. 2004. Secondary analysis of archived data.
In Qualitative research practice, ed. Clive Searle. London; Thousand Oaks,
Calif.: SAGE.

Corti, Louise, Annette Day, and Gill Backhouse. 2000. Confidentiality and
Informed Consent: Issues for Consideration in the Preservation of and
Provision of Access to Qualitative Data Archives. Forum: Qualitative Social
Research 1, no. 3.

Corti, Louise, and Gill Backhouse. 2005. Acquiring Qualitative Data for
Secondary Analysis. Forum: Qualitative Social Research 6, no. 2.

Eberle, Thomas S., and Manfred Max Bergman. 2005. Introduction. Forum:
Qualitative Social Research 6, no. 2.

Belgrave, Linda Liska, and Keruleth J. Smith. 1995. Negotiated Validity in
Collaborative Ethnography. Qualitative Inquiry 1, no. 1 (March 1): 69-86.

Thank you very much for your time and help.


Dan Perkel
PhD Candidate
School of Information, Berkeley Center for New Media
UC Berkeley
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