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Is Mobility of Data a Special Problem for Qualitative Research Collections?

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John Southall
UK Data Archive, University of Essex

This paper builds upon the experience of archiving qualitative data to look at issues of data mobility. It will look at the interplay of such mobility with the wider concerns of data acquisition, preservation and delivery. At different times within the life cycle of data the potential for data mobility may be strong and beneficial. At other times it may be seen as problematic or as occupying a place of tension within the demands of a digital archive. This will be examined through examples of audio and textual data. The need for archives to promote data and metadata standards as part of their key objectives will also be considered. Such activity can be used to promote mobility but it is arguably important to recognise where it may present problems for an archive and as such be discouraged. The effect of restricting access or dealing with confidentiality will therefore be considered. Particular reference will be made to the role of users of data and there will be a consideration of user demands and expectations. The argument that such expectations are new and novel and that they have developed alongside digital media - in ignorance of traditional archival values - will be examined.

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