New Guide Released: Sharing Survey Data

The UK Data Service has released a new guide Depositing Shareable Survey Data

This 16-page handbook, developed by a specialist team at the UK Data Service with extensive input from UK government departments, academic survey owners and survey producers, will take you through the full data journey, from fieldwork planning to eventual user access. While the guide is specifically developed to support new depositors of large-scale surveys, the principles apply to a wide range of significant data deposits.

Another New Home and Service for Qualitative Data

Previously, we’ve posted a pointer to the news about the launch of a new home for social science qualitative data called QDR. Today, UK Data Services introduced QualiBank.

This is the UK Data Service’s search and browse interface for qualitative data objects allowing searching of the content of text files, such as interviews, essays, open ended questions and reports. It also allows searching of metadata attached to these objects, such as a description of an image or of an audio recording, and it enables hyperlinking to related objects. A citation can be made for a whole object or interview extracts.

At present it is still in a beta version, but it contains only 5 collections that are completely open and these cover in depth interviews, some with politicians, children’s essays about ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’ and WWII morale amongst the British troops and the population. Another ten or so collections which will sit behind authentication are to follow.


Sharing Qualitative Data: The Launch of the Qualitative Data Repository

While data sharing, research transparency, and replication have customarily been prominent concerns for quantitative researchers, they are increasingly being seen as relevant for the qualitative tradition. The Qualitative Data Repository (QDR), which recently came online at Syracuse University, aims to select, ingest, curate, archive, manage, durably preserve, and provide access to digital data used in qualitative and multi-method research in the social sciences.  The repository develops and publicizes common standards and methodologically informed practices for these activities, as well as for the reusing and citing of qualitative data. It is hosted by the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry (a unit of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs), and funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Report: A Workflow Model for Curating Research Data

The University of Minnesota Libraries Publishes Report on Workflow Model for Curating Research Data

The report details the in-depth workflow that were developed to curate (appraise, ingest, arrange and describe, augment with metadata, transform file formats, disseminate for access, and preserve) research data using their existing (DSpace-based) tools and capacities. The report shares their Data Curation Pilot experience to outline overall successful cases and lessons learned in the discussion section.

The report is available at:

How to Find an Appropriate Research Data Repository, an Open Science tool, heps you find a data repository

In our earlier Data Forwards posts (Sept. 19 & Nov 22), we introduced whose goal is to create a global research data repositories. 

Recently, Heinz Pampel, one of the people behind, wrote a blog post on this new emerging Open Science tool that helps researchers to easily identify a suitable repository for their data and thus comply to requirements set out in data policies. covers the following aspects of a research data repository:

  • general information (e.g. short description of the repository, content types, keywords),
  • responsibilities (e.g. institutions responsible for funding, content or technical issues),
  • policies (e.g. guidelines and policies of the repository),
  • legal aspects (e.g. licenses of the database and datasets),
  • technical standards (e.g. APIs, versioning of datasets, software of the repository),
  • quality standards (e.g. certificates, audit processes).

You can learn more about at:

BioSharing and’s Joint Effort

BioSharing and cooperate on the collection and description of data repositories

Researchers need infrastructures that ensure a maximum of accessibility, stability and reliability in terms of working with and sharing data. Such infrastructures are being called research data repositories.Today, BioSharing and – Registry of Research Data Repositories have agreed, in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to map and describe the emerging data repository landscape in a joint effort.

The cooperation between the partners will help to build a comprehensive overview of data repositories worldwide, to (i) assist users in the navigation and search of both services, and (ii) maximize cross-references and exchange of records between the two services. This cooperation aims at developing a vital ecosystem of research data repositories and at maximizing the accessibility of research data for scholarship and society.

The original blog post by re3data is available at:

Developing a Pilot Registry for UK Research Data

The UK Data Archive Teams up with Members of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) for Data Curation

The UK Data Archive is teaming up with members of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) to develop a UK-wide registry or catalogue of research data collections held in universities and data centres.

The Jisc-funded six-month pilot project follows from a rich legacy of recent work in embedding research data management and sharing in universities, to support data reuse. But in order for data sharing and secondary analysis to yield major benefits, such data need to be easily findable and accessible. This project aims to address this emerging need.

More information about this pilot is available at: