IASSIST Quarterly https://iassistquarterly.com/index.php/iassist <p class="p1">The <strong>IASSIST Quarterly</strong> represents an international cooperative effort on the part of individuals managing, operating, or using machine-readable data archives, data libraries, and data services. The&nbsp;<strong>IASSIST Quarterly </strong>reports on activities related to the production, acquisition, preservation, processing, distribution, and use of machine-readable data carried out by its members and others in the international social science community.&nbsp;</p> International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology en-US IASSIST Quarterly 0739-1137 <p>"This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms."<br><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/"><br><img src="/public/site/images/ojsadmin/ccbync2.png"><br></a></p> The interest group on qualitative data sums up and continues https://iassistquarterly.com/index.php/iassist/article/view/961 <p>Welcome to the second issue of volume 43 of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ 43:2, 2019).</p> <p>With joy and pride the many people behind each issue of the IQ are here presenting a special issue. IASSIST has several interest groups of members committed to selected important areas under the umbrella of IASSIST. Be aware that you could become a member of an interest group (see: <a href="https://iassistdata.org/about/committees.html#interest">https://iassistdata.org/about/committees.html#interest</a>). If an interest area that you find important is not presently on this list, you are invited to start campaigning for the formation of a new interest group. The interest groups discuss and document their area and often arrange sessions at the IASSIST conferences. More formalization and continued documentation of the group’s work are presented in conference papers and papers published here in the IQ.</p> <p>This issue of the IQ is dedicated to papers on qualitative data presented by members of the group named ‘Qualitative Social Science &amp; Humanities Data Interest Group’ (QSSHDIG) and related practitioners. Lynda Kellam from the Cornell Institute for Social &amp; Economic Research and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh of George State University end their leadership of the group with this special issue. Lynda Kellam and Celia Emmelhainz (qualitative research librarian at the University of California Berkeley) are guest editors of this issue and their introduction to the issue is following this page. I want to express my great thanks from the IQ to Lynda and Celia for taking the job of compiling a special issue. Support for qualitative data is important and a growing area. I trust you as readers will find valuable information and excellent advice in the papers of the many authors that are committed to improving the use and value of qualitative data. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Submissions of papers for the IASSIST Quarterly are always very welcome. We welcome input from IASSIST conferences or other conferences and workshops, from local presentations or papers especially written for the IQ. When you are preparing such a presentation, give a thought to turning your one-time presentation into a lasting contribution. Doing that after the event also gives you the opportunity of improving your work after feedback. We encourage you to login or create an author login to https://www.iassistquarterly.com (our Open Journal System application). We permit authors 'deep links' into the IQ as well as deposition of the paper in your local repository. Chairing a conference session with the purpose of aggregating and integrating papers for a special issue IQ is also much appreciated as the information reaches many more people than the limited number of session participants and will be readily available on the IASSIST Quarterly website at https://www.iassistquarterly.com.&nbsp; Authors are very welcome to take a look at the instructions and layout:</p> <p><a href="https://www.iassistquarterly.com/index.php/iassist/about/submissions">https://www.iassistquarterly.com/index.php/iassist/about/submissions</a></p> <p>Authors can also contact me directly via e-mail: <a href="mailto:kbr@sam.sdu.dk">kbr@sam.sdu.dk</a>. Should you be interested in compiling a special issue for the IQ as guest editor(s) I will also be delighted to hear from you.</p> <p>Karsten Boye Rasmussen - June 2019</p> Karsten Boye Rasmussen ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2019-06-21 2019-06-21 43 2 1 1 10.29173/iq961 Guest editors' notes: Special issue on qualitative research support https://iassistquarterly.com/index.php/iassist/article/view/954 <p>Welcome to the second issue of Volume 43 of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ 43:2, 2019). Four papers are presented in this issue on qualitative research support. This special issue arises from conversations in the <a href="https://sites.google.com/uncg.edu/iassistqsshdig/">Qualitative Social Science and Humanities Data Interest Group</a> (QSSHDIG) at IASSIST about how best to support qualitative researchers. This group was founded in 2016 to explore the challenges and opportunities facing data professionals in the social sciences and humanities, and has focused on using, reusing, sharing, and archiving of qualitative, textual, and other non-numeric data.</p> <p>In ‘Annotation for transparent inquiry (ATI),’ Sebastian Karcher and Nic Weber present their work on a new approach to transparency in qualitative research by the same name, which they have been exploring at the Qualitative Data Repository at the University of Syracuse, New York. As one solution to the problem of ‘showing one’s work’ in qualitative research, ATI allows researchers to link final reports back to the underlying qualitative and textual data used to support a claim. Using the example of Hypothes.is, they discuss the positives and negatives of ATI, particularly the amount of time required to annotate a qualitative article effectively and technical limitations in widespread web display.</p> <p>The next article highlights how archived materials can be re-used by qualitative researchers and used to build their arguments. In ‘Research driven approaches to archival discovery,’ Diana Marsh examines what qualitative researchers need from the collections at the National Anthropological Archives in the United States, in order to improve archival discovery for those not as accustomed to working in the archives.</p> <p>In ‘Bringing method to the madness,’ Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Leader of the Research Data Services Team at the Georgia State University Library, outlines a project created to bridge the gap between training researchers to use qualitative data software and training them in qualitative methods. Her answer has been a collaborative workshop with a sociology professor who provides a methodological framework while she applies those principles to a project in NVivo. These successful workshops have helped to encourage researchers to consider qualitative methods while at the same time promoting the use of CAQDAS software.</p> <p>Jonathan Cain, Liz Cooper, Sarah DeMott, and Alesia Montgomery in their article ‘Where QDA is hiding?’ draw on a study originally conducted for QSSHDIG to create a list of qualitative data services in libraries. When they realized that finding these services was quite difficult, they expanded the study to examine the discoverability of library sites supporting QDA. This study of 95 academic library websites provides insight into the issues of finding and accessing library websites that support the full range of qualitative research needs. They also outline the key characteristics of websites that provide more accessible access to qualitative data services.</p> <p>We thank our authors for participating in this special issue and providing their insights on qualitative data and research. If you are interested in issues related to qualitative research, then please join the Qualitative Social Sciences and Humanities Data Interest Group. Starting with IASSIST 2019 in Australia, our interest group has a new leadership team with two of our authors, Sebastian Karcher and Alesia Montgomery, taking over as co-conveners. We are certain that they would love to hear your ideas for the group, and we look forward to working with the qualitative data community more in the future.</p> <p>&nbsp;Lynda Kellam, Cornell Institute for Social &amp; Economic Research</p> <p>Celia Emmelhainz, University of California, Berkeley</p> Lynda Kellam Celia Emmelhainz ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2019-06-21 2019-06-21 43 2 1 2 10.29173/iq954 Annotation for transparent inquiry: Transparent data and analysis for qualitative research https://iassistquarterly.com/index.php/iassist/article/view/959 <p>How can authors using many individual pieces of qualitative data throughout a publication make their research transparent? In this paper we introduce Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI), an approach to enhance transparency in qualitative research. ATI allows authors to connect specific passages in their publication with an annotation. These annotations provide additional information relevant to the passage and, when possible, include a link to one or more data sources underlying a claim; data sources are housed in a repository. After describing ATI’s conceptual and technological implementation, we report on its evaluation through a series of workshops conducted by the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) and present initial results of the evaluation. The article ends with an outlook on next steps for the project.</p> Sebastian Karcher Nicholas Weber ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2019-06-21 2019-06-21 43 2 1 9 10.29173/iq959 Research-driven approaches to improving archival discovery https://iassistquarterly.com/index.php/iassist/article/view/955 <p>The National Anthropological Archives (NAA), part of the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, holds some 18,000 cubic feet of materials of relevance to qualitative researchers. These archival collections—manuscripts, fieldnotes, audio recordings, drawings, maps, and still and moving images—are used by not only anthropologists, but increasingly scholars from a range of qualitative research fields. In 2016, the NAA received a grant to support a 3-year post-doctoral fellow to conduct research that would lead to the improved discovery and use of archival resources. This article discusses some of the practical ways the fellowship was designed to ask interdisciplinary research questions, and describes how that premise, as well as findings from a pilot study run in the first year, are helping to improve the research experience for our increasingly interdisciplinary users.&nbsp; Both the project’s preliminary findings and its overall design may provide valuable insights to qualitative researchers and their institutions.</p> Diana E. Marsh ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2019-06-21 2019-06-21 43 2 1 9 10.29173/iq955 Bringing method to the madness: An example of integrating social science qualitative research methods into NVivo data analysis software training https://iassistquarterly.com/index.php/iassist/article/view/956 <p>It is not uncommon for researchers who wish to delve into qualitative data analysis to be lacking in qualitative methods training. Data professionals who support these aspiring qualitative researchers are well positioned to recognize and develop resources, training, and services to address this methods gap. This article describes a specific training session aimed at bridging this gap: a collaboration between a sociology professor and the author that integrates a qualitative methodological framework with specific features of NVivo qualitative data analysis software that complement and facilitate research guided by that framework. This article (1) outlines how this collaboration came to be; (2) describes the roles that the sociology professor and the author play in the collaboration, including specific examples from the training session; and (3) offers a reflection on the experience, including successes and growth possibilities going forward.</p> Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2019-06-21 2019-06-21 43 2 1 16 10.29173/iq956 Where is QDA hiding? An analysis of the discoverability of qualitative research support on academic library websites https://iassistquarterly.com/index.php/iassist/article/view/957 <p>This study explores the discoverability of qualitative&nbsp;research support services, using&nbsp;a purposive sample of academic library websites (n=95).&nbsp;These&nbsp;services&nbsp;were&nbsp;hard&nbsp;to find&nbsp;on most of the websites in our sample.&nbsp;&nbsp;In this paper, we outline&nbsp;the&nbsp;site&nbsp;characteristics that make discoverability easy or&nbsp;hard.&nbsp;&nbsp;Previous studies on qualitative resources at academic libraries have not addressed this topic.&nbsp; Our study fills this gap in the literature.&nbsp;&nbsp;Our aim is to&nbsp;provide information that can help&nbsp;libraries to improve&nbsp;the visibility of their resources for qualitative researchers and their students.</p> Jonathan Cain Liz Cooper Sarah Demott Alesia Montgomery ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 2019-06-21 2019-06-21 43 2 1 9 10.29173/iq957