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Managing and curating undergraduate-generated qualitative data

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Peter Rogers
Colgate University

This paper reports on a project at Colgate University. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN), working with the library and Information Technology Services, is creating an archive for students’ qualitative data. SOAN has clear pedagogical goals for this project. One, allow students doing local research to build upon the work of previous students who have done similar projects and to avoid duplication of effort. Two, make greater use of student data. Often the student who does the data collection spends most of their time on that and has little time left over for data analysis. Three, give students a fuller data collection, analysis, and management experience. I will report upon my experiences as the data librarian on this project and the lessons that have been learned. At the moment, we are using a Dataverse on the Harvard Dataverse Network. This has been easy to create, but it means that we have to conform to certain standards built into this network. There are also challenges associated with the focus on qualitative data which can include interview transcripts, scanned magazine ads, and text from newspapers and other documentary sources.

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