Our membership supports the curation and preservation of data projects deposited by Penn faculty, students, and research staff. Through this benefit, individual researchers can consult with experts in qualitative data curation, including discussions about disclosure issues, metadata creation, and more. Researchers should start early in consulting with QDR, ideally at the beginning of a project before data collection or during the data management planning stage for any grant submissions. If you are applying for a large or multi-year grant, please consult with QDR before designating them as a repository. There may be additional costs for large-scale or multi-year projects.
If you are a researcher working in qualitative methods, please contact Lynda Kellam (LibraryRDDS@pobox.upenn.edu) for more information.
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
Examples of datasets in ICPSR - find qualitative methods ones
UK Data Archive's QualiBank
The UK Data Archive maintains QualiBank, a catalog that enables enables searching and browsing of qualitative data, interviews and open-ended questions in the UKDA. U.S. researchers have access to six major collections, including the Pioneers of Social Research, 1996-2018.
While qualitative data researchers have fewer options for sharing data than quantitative, there are places to both archive and discover qualitative data. We have memberships in the Qualitative Data Repository and ICPSR, both of which have experts who can help you ensure your data can be shared in a way that is mindful of privacy issues and disclosure concerns.
Scholarly Commons is the Penn Libraries institutional repository for scholarly and creative works. Unrestricted datasets can be deposited with our repository. Please contact LibraryRDDS@pobox.upenn.eduf if you are interested in this option.