What is the guide designed
It provides guidelines, supporting information and
exemplars to assist researchers in making their qualitative
data, designs and methodological decisions available for re-use
Who will find this Guide useful?
This Guide is aimed at those researchers (here termed
‘originators’) who are planning to make their
qualitative data-records available for later re-analysis by
other researchers, whom they will probably not know (here
termed ‘re-users’). It is therefore aimed at originators,
not re-users – i.e. not aimed at those who are seeking
guidance on how to re-use others’ existing data (although
re-users might well find some of the discussion and illustration
The guide is not, either, aimed at those who are planning
to re-use their own data. Whilst those who wish to re-use
their own data or those generated in a team, may find it useful,
the Guide is primarily aimed at those who would deposit their
data in archives accessible by researchers unconnected with
the original study.
In preparing their data for subsequent re-use by others,
1. be currently initiating or progressing the assembly of
a data-set for a project underway or planned;
2. have already completed a project and now wish to review
how usable it will subsequently be for other researchers,
possibly through making amendments or additions to the data-set
for this purpose.
The guide seeks to provide useful information that for both
Clearly, there are potentially many different kinds of qualitative
project that result in the creation of datasets for archiving.
What follows will be of broad relevance to most kinds of fieldwork-based
study design, such as ethnography, interview-based and case-study