As a prelude to SOCEY, on 9 August 2018 we hosted a workshop at the University of Melbourne on Open Access, Data Sharing and Archiving of Qualitative Research that explored the processes, exemplars and practices for digital archiving of qualitative projects and began to form the community that would support SOCEY.
Hosted by the Social Transformations and Education Research Hub at Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), in conjunction with the ADA and SCIP, the workshop brought together almost sixty researchers from around Australia to discuss ideas, interests and dilemmas regarding qualitative research sharing and archiving in the humanities and social sciences, particularly in interdisciplinary studies of childhood, youth and education.
The program featured a wide variety of research projects on these themes – spanning policy, research and cultural sectors – that form part of the changing context in which we conduct and communicate our research. These papers provoked animated discussion surrounding the creative, ethical, practical, methodological and regulatory dimensions of the archiving, re-use and sharing of qualitative research data in the humanities field.
The ADA, along with MGSE and SCIP, has been developing a prototype of the website and repository, and demonstrated these for attendants on the day to garner feedback. The discussions provided an excellent basis for developing this further. Over the coming months, work will continue on the site and a core working group, drawn from researchers Australia-wide, to assist in its development.