Elman, Kapiszewski, McCracken and Moravcsik receive $446,133 from National Science Foundation to support Qualitative Data Repository

Elman, ColinThe Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry, based in the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, is the home of the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR).  The Repository has been awarded $446,133 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and anticipates receiving an additional $452,909 in NSF support in 2015. These funds would bring the total awarded to QDR by NSF to over $1,642,000.

QDR, co-directed by Colin Elman and Diana Kapiszewski, is the first repository in the United States purpose-built for qualitative social science data.  Until recently, U.S. social scientists rarely shared qualitative data, in part due to uncertainty about where and how to do so.  QDR provides a secure location to deposit and access data while maintaining a commitment to protect human subjects and address copyright concerns. 

Elman explains that “technological and societal trends have dramatically increased expectations that information will flow freely.  QDR will ensure that qualitative data enter this stream in ways that are consistent with rigorous research standards and practices.”

Kapiszewski highlights that “QDR is a social science repository, not an archive.  It considers video, text, and other digital content to be data that can be used to evaluate research, for secondary analysis, and for teaching purposes.” 

The renewed funding will be used to enhance QDR’s capacity to share qualitative and quantitative data.  A key resource for researchers, faculty and students, QDR will develop common standards and practices for managing, archiving, sharing, reusing, and citing qualitative data. 

Colin Elman, Syracuse University, is the principal investigator (PI) on the grant.  The grant’s four co-PIs are: Diana Kapiszewski, Georgetown University; Nancy McCracken, Syracuse University; Andrew Moravcsik, Princeton University; and Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago. 09/18/14