The long and winding road: archiving and re-using qualitative data from 12 research projects spanning 16 years

Dodds, C., Keogh, P., Bourne, A., McDaid, L. , Squire, C., Weatherburn, P. and Young, I. (2020) The long and winding road: archiving and re-using qualitative data from 12 research projects spanning 16 years. Sociological Research Online, (doi: 10.1177/1360780420924044) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

We describe a pilot project designed to assess the feasibility of re-use across 12 diverse qualitative datasets related to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the UK, from research projects undertaken between 1997 and 2013 – an approach which is chronically underused. First, we consider the sweeping biomedical changes and imperatives relating to HIV in this time frame, offering a rationale for data re-use at this point in the epidemic. We then reflexively situate the processes and procedures we devised for this study with reference to relevant methodological literature. Hammersley’s and Leonelli’s contributions have been particularly instructive through this process, and following their lead, we conclude with further considerations for those undertaking qualitative data re-use, reflecting on the extent to which qualitative data re-use as a practice requires attention to both the given and the constructed aspects of data when assembled as evidence.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McDaid, Professor Lisa and Young, Dr Ingrid and Dodds, Dr Catherine
Authors: Dodds, C., Keogh, P., Bourne, A., McDaid, L., Squire, C., Weatherburn, P., and Young, I.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Sociological Research Online
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1360-7804
ISSN (Online):1360-7804
Published Online:14 June 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Sociological Research Online 2020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
727631SPHSU Core Renewal: Relationships & Health Improvement Research ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/11IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
SPHSU11
656571Sexual Health and Families ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/2IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU