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Coding + Metada = datasets: the Amnesty International data and digitization project

Presenter 1
Amy Barton
Purdue University
Presenter 2
Ann Marie Clark
Purdue University
Presenter 3
Paul Bracke
Purdue University

The Amnesty International Research Data and Digital Collection Project is a collaborative venture involving Amnesty International USA (AI-USA), and Purdue University researchers. A Purdue University political scientist in her role as a member of the AI-USA’s Archives Advisory Committee, discovered the need to preserve the early records of AI-USA, and in her professional capacity was also aware of the research value of the documents. In particular, she was interested in patterns of change in the culture of human rights appeals and legal instrumentation. Through contractual agreement, the researcher was able to obtain the documents. She was also able to obtain two data sources, both containing data about the Urgent Action Bulletins dating back to 1974. In addition to these data sources, through Nvivo coding, a third data source was created. This paper will discuss the collaborative relationship with AI-USA, the merging of the data sources, additional metadata development, and the final dataset created for the Purdue Researcher. Additionally, three research products resulting from the project will be discussed: a faceted research dataset, a raw dataset inclusive of the merged data sources and metadata, and a human rights controlled vocabulary honed from several existing vocabularies developed for this project.

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