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Conference Presentations 2007

  • IASSIST 2007-Building Global Knowledge Communities with Open Data, Montreal, Canada
    Host Institution: McGill University

G4: NEW ARCHIVES (Fri, 2007-05-18)
Chair:Kathleen Matthews , University of Victoria

  • Qualitative Data Archiving in the Czech Republic
    Tomas Cizek (Sociological Data Archive, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)


    The aim of the paper is to present the qualitative data archive Medard. The archive has been based upon other similar institutions in the world, particularly upon the British Qualidata archive, and it was founded in order to provide archiving of qualitative data generated by research in the social sciences and humanities. The archive acquires, deposits and provides data exclusively in digital form. It is the only qualitative data archive not only in the Czech Republic, but in the whole region. However, many obstacles impede the use of qualitative data archiving in practice among researchers. The obstacles as well as forthcoming challenges will be discussed in the presentation.

  • Opening Access to Indigenous Data in Australia
    Sophie Holloway (Australian Social Science Data Archive)
    Margi Wood (Australian Social Science Data Archive)


    The Australian Social Science Data Archive has decentralised its national role and developed a distributed model, with archive nodes established across our country. This distributed model allows nodes to specialise in data where access may be blocked, but there exists a critical mass of researchers who are able to open data, add value and ensure sustainability. One such data type is that of Indigenous data. The Indigenous population in Australia is small and highly disadvantaged. Data collected by government are treated with the utmost sensitivity to protect both the population and the government from criticism. But even within those groups working to improve the conditions of Australia's Indigenous population, there is a level of protectiveness and restrictiveness which sees data blocked to those outside the immediate network. This paper will investigate methods used in ASSDA's pilot project to get stakeholder buy-in and establish an open source of Indigenous data.

  • Open data: new possibilities for knowledge communities
    Larisa Kosova (Russian Sociological Data Archive, NISP)


    Making data open is a task (particularly important) in Russia. Russian Sociological Data Archive (recently celebrated 6 years of work) considers this job as its main mission. Making data open stimulates some important processes providing development of knowledge communities in Russia. 1. It encourages horizontal links between researchers. Russian scholars always suffer from lack of regular interpersonal connections. Sharing of data breaks dissociation of Russian scientific society and stimulates emerging of research networks. 2. It increases quality of research. If one is to share collected data, s/he aims to do the best to follow the high methodological standards. On the other hand, analysis of trusted open data provides better base for further development of research. 3. Provision of empirical materials for teaching students in social and political science. Easily accessible trusted data improve analytical skills of the students for their future as scholars.

  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect


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