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Open Access, Data Sharing and Archiving of Qualitative Research Workshop

9 August 2018, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Urquhart Street Primary, Ballarat, c1950s. Public Record Office Victoria, VPRS14514/P1/3

Why share our research data?

What’s involved in creating digital archives of qualitative research projects?

Re-use or secondary analysis of data has been an established practice among quantitative researchers for some time. There is now a growing international body of work on re-using qualitative data, but to date there has been somewhat modest and uneven engagement with these matters among educational and sociological research communities in Australia.

Data sharing present significant opportunities as well as challenges for researchers in the sociology of education. It opens up possibilities for transparency in the practices, methods, and outcomes of research and has the potential to enhance rigour and impact. However, data sharing and re-use also gives rise to specific ethical and epistemological challenges, which demand critical attention, particularly in light of open access policy agendas more broadly.

The Social Transformations and Education Research Hub (Melbourne Graduate School of Education) and the Sociology and Education SIG of the Australian Association for Education Research (AARE) invites you to participate in a one-day workshop that aims to promote critical dialogue surrounding open access, data sharing, archiving and re-use in the sociology of education. It seeks to foster and strengthen critical engagement among the educational research community and facilitate a network of scholars who wish to pursue applied, outreach and scholarly work in this area.

A further aim is to canvass support for a website that will serve as a linked portal to a national digital archival repository of qualitative research data from sociological research projects in education that would enable sociology of education researchers to better showcase, disseminate, and share research data and findings.

Topics for panel discussions will include:

  • Designing research for open data
  • Ownership and custodianship of data: possibilities for secondary analysis
  • Creating rich contextual metadata
  • Archiving protocols and practicalities
  • Methodological and conceptual resources needed to address emergent research practices and policy agendas
  • Disciplinary and methodological cross-overs between historians use of archives and the use by researchers of qualitative materials as archival sources
  • Implications of developments in the digital humanities and social sciences for educational research


Meeting Room 905
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Level 9, 100 Leicester Street, Carlton, 3053


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Speakers include:

Lynda Cheshire, University of Queensland

Babak Dadvand, University of Melbourne

Susanne Gannon, Western Sydney University

Jacqueline Laughland-Booy, Monash University

Steve McEachern, Australian Data Archive

Julie McLeod, University of Melbourne

Helen Proctor, University of Sydney

Mary Lou Rasmussen, Australian National University

Signe Ravn, University of Melbourne

Kelsi Semeschuk, University of Melbourne

Katie Wright, La Trobe University

Geordie Zhang & Lyle Winton, University of Melbourne (SCIP)




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100 Leicester Street can be reached via tram along Elizabeth Street (Queen Victoria Markets stop 7) and Swanston Street (Queensberry Street stop 4), followed by a short 5-10 minute walk.

There is ample parking in parking garages nearby include University Square Car ParkWilson Parking, Bedford Street; and Secure Parking, Blackwood Street.

Limited metered parking is available on Leicester and surrounding streets.

Further information:

Contact Nicole Davis