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Conference Presentations 2009

  • IASSIST 2009-Mobile Data and the Life Cycle, Tampere, Finland
    Host Institution: Finnish Social Science Data Archive and the University of Tampere

D3: Ideal IRB (Thu, 2009-05-28)
Chair:Thomas Lindsay (University of Minnesota)

  • IRBs and Data Sharing
    Kristine Witkowski (ICPSR)
    George Alter (ICPSR)
  • IRB Accreditation and Local IRB Operations
    Elizabeth Stephenson (UCLA, ISSR Data Archives)
    Jacob Carlson (Purdue University)
    Thomas Lindsay (University of Minnesota)
  • Ethics Review and Data Archiving
    Arja Kuula (Finnish Social Science Data Archive, FSD)

D4: Just the Same, but Different: Comparison Across National Contexts (Thu, 2009-05-28)
Chair:Felicia LeClere (ICPSR)

  • Marching to the Same Drummer: An Overview of a Proposed IHSN (International Household Survey Network) Open Source Question Bank
    Mark McConaghy (Department for International Development, UK)


    Survey takers must ask the similar and culturally-appropriate questions in order to ensure that they measure the same phenomena. In most countries, sample surveys, censuses and administrative reporting systems measure the same variables (e.g., demographics, income, labour activities, health characteristics, etc), but often with slight differences which result in non-comparability of data across sources. In this presentation, the IHSN will provide an overview of a question bank which aims to address issues of metadata accessibility and quality by using a standard and comprehensive XML template to hold information on questions, classifications, concepts and indicators from a range of official sources. The Question Bank will serve as a central resource for data producers and other stakeholders to share information in a consistent way. It is hoped that this question bank which, using an open source software will support improvements in data comparability within country as users have easy access to recommended approaches and can consider modifications to new and existing instruments.

  • Original Language Documentation for the European Values Study
    Wolfgang Zenk-Moltgen (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut fur Sozialwissenschaften)
    Evelyn Brislinger (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut fur Sozialwissenschaften)


    For repeated comparative surveys like the European Values Study (EVS) conducted in 1980, 1990, 1999, and 2008 metadata management becomes more and more challenging. The EVS is a longitudinal survey research program, carried out in now 46 countries under the responsibility of the European Values Study Foundation. The original language documentation was started in cooperation with the EVS-countries, CEPS Luxembourg, and EVS at Tilburg University with the aims to assist the primary investigators with the development and translation of the questionnaire for the 2008 wave and to support user friendly comparisons of the wording of questions and answers used in the different languages for comparative analyses. For this purpose a procedure was developed to document the original languages. The documentation process has been supported by two programs developed by GESIS: the Dataset Documentation Manager (DSDM), which allows the language specific documentation on variable level and the export into a DDI 2 compatible format, and the CodebookExplorer (CBE), a special tool to manage complex data and metadata. The translation process was done by a web-based translation system (WebTrans) provided by Gallup Europe. The original language documentation will be published in the GESIS Online Study Catalogue ZACAT (a Nesstar server).


E1: IASSIST Futures (Strategic Plan) (Thu, 2009-05-28)
Chair:Joel Herndon (Duke University / IASSIST Administrative Committee)

  • IASSIST Futures: A Discussion Panel on IASSIST Strategic Planning and Organization
    Joel Herndon (Duke University/IASSIST Administrative Committee)
    Thomas Lindsay (University of Minnesota)
    Bill Block (CEISER, Cornell University)
    Melanie Wright (UKDA)
    San Cannon (Federal Reserve Board)

E3: Qualitative Data: Understandings, Tools and Strategies for Sharing (Thu, 2009-05-28)
Chair:Kristi Thompson (University of Windsor)

  • It's about Relationships, It's about Ethics, It's about Respect: Qualitative Researchers' Understandings of Their Practice and the Implications for Data Archivng and Sharing
    Lynda Cheshire (University of Queensland)
    Alex Broom (University of Sydney)
    Michael Emmison (University of Queensland)


    With qualitative data archiving emerging as a distinct possibility in Australia, the practices and 'use' of qualitative research are coming under increased scrutiny and reflection. The recent development of a qualitative data archive (AQuA) by the Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA) provides an opportunity for qualitative researchers to reflect, not only upon the feasibility of qualitative data archiving, but on the core assumptions of their work and the extent to which qualitative data lend themselves to sharing and secondary analysis. Drawing on a series of focus groups with qualitative researchers, we critically explore the meanings ascribed to qualitative research practice and the perceived challenges posed by contemporary technological innovations in data management, access, and analysis. As well as raising concerns over the ethical and intellectual property implications of data sharing, focus group participants frequently referred to the uniqueness of qualitative research as an artistic endeavour that is both personal and solitary, yet at the same time involves special relationships with participants, data and research partners. The accounts presented provide insight into key debates (and divergences) within the qualitative community regarding the values and meanings of qualitative practice, but also how data archiving may come to challenge these core values.

  • Reusing Qualitative Data for Teaching Purposes
    Bethany Morgan (UK Data Archive, ESDS Qualidata)
    Dimitris Vonofakos (UK Data Archive, ESDS Qualidata)
    Richard Deswarte (presenter) (UK Data Archive, ESDS Qualidata)


    Qualidata at the UK Data Archive has recently completed two on-line teaching resources, specifically designed to assist qualitative methods teaching. The first resource distinguishes different types of interviewing, whilst highlighting and promoting some of the most important collections held in the archive. It offers summaries of seven distinct interview types: structured, unstructured, semi-structured, feminist, psycho-social, oral history and life story interviews. Each typology begins with a summary of what characterises that particular type of interview and is illustrated by selected extracts from some of the most interesting studies held in the UKDA. The second resource looks at five non-interview qualitative methods, including focus groups, the written word, ethnography, visual methods and the Internet, once again using examples from archived collections.

    This paper provides an introduction to Qualidata's teaching resources and demonstrates their potential uses for researchers and methods teachers. It highlights the challenges to reusing qualitative collections for teaching purposes, such as issues of distinguishing research styles, the dissemination of the collections and resources, gaining permissions from depositors, and addressing issues of confidentiality and anonymisation. It further discusses the complex interplay between qualitative methods and data collection.


E4: CESSDA PPP (Thu, 2009-05-28)
Chair:Hans Jørgen Marker(DDA)

  • Life-Cycle & Comparative Study Types: Metadata Needs of the Future CESSDA RI
    Uwe Jensen (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut for the Social Science)


    Particular attention is given to researcher's expectations and demands on metadata from specific study types and to discuss options and barriers in providing substantive context information. Both appear relevant to find available and relevant data as a base for use them in comparative research. On the background of a study life-cycle perspective within the CESSDA research infrastructure (RI) the presentation will focus related metadata needs for different complex study types. Uses cases e.g. on EB trends; ISSP, ESS, BHPS will focus the metadata specifics of these study types. Along with best practice in documenting respective studies and their data the use of the new DDI3 standard is of specific interest for a developing research infrastructure along the study life-cycle from survey design to the publishing, dissemination and reuse of the data.

  • Changing the Data Sharing Culture in Eastern European Countries
    Brigitte Hausstein (GESIS, Leibniz-Institut fur Sozialwissenschaften)
  • 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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