Dealing with complex data issues
Sharing data is generally a simple task but sometimes complex issues can arise that need to be thought through carefully.
View our short videos made with some of our key depositing organisations, including Natcen, DECC and ISER and the academics who collect the Skills and Employment Survey series.
Our staff have advised many hundreds of depositors from government departments to academics on how to prepare and, where necessary, protect data. While we provide detailed guidelines for data producers on many of the key issues surrounding data preparation, we appreciate that some of the same questions crop up time and time again. These tend to involve challenges such as gaining consent, exceptionally sensitive data and uncertainty about ‘how much’ anonymisation to do.
To point to successful archiving of these kinds of collections, we have brought together some case studies from researchers that show how they tackled archiving their data.
Various issues have been encountered, and successfully overcome, including:
Thank you to these researchers for their efforts in making their data shareable.
Sheila Henderson et al: Inventing Adulthoods: the Showcase Archive.
Bethany Morgan-Brett: Negotiating Midlife: Exploring the Subjective Experience of Ageing, 2006-2008,
Dr Lisa Calderwood: NextSteps,
Sarah Nettleton: Being a Doctor: a Sociological Analysis, 2005-2006,
We run a programme of regular training workshops covering key areas of preparing and sharing research data.
If you would like to discuss any of these issues further, email the Collections Development team or telephone: +44 (0)1206 872143.