Ownership & Continuous Informed Consent
The archiving and reuse of qualitative data presents difficult
consent problems for reusers and the originators of the research.
While informed consent may have been achieved in the original
research, participants are unable to acquiesce to the reuse
of their responses if the research questions of potential
reusers are not made clear in the first instance. In debating
the issue of consent and data reuse both ethics and law play
key roles and directly influence the practice of social science
researchers. While the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS)
outline some of these points on their
website the legal and ethical issues outlined next are
expanded and take multi-media data as a particular focus.