Qualiservice’s guidelines on preparing, archiving and sharing qualitative research data are freely available here.
Additional guidelines are currently being revised and will be published soon. If you have any questions or require more information, please contact us.
Guideline on the contextualization of qualitative research data
The contextualization of primary research enables secondary users to get a better understanding of the research topic, the research design and the methods used in the primary research project. Primary researchers can provide any materials for contextualization that they consider useful. The minimum requirement for the contextualization of research data at Qualiservice is a Study Report, which will get a persistent identifier (DOI). The study report – together with the metadata – is the showcase for your data and will be published.
Guideline on the anonymization of research data
Qualiservice has developed an anonymization concept that aims at replacing sensitive information with more abstract information. For example, names of localities will not simply be transformed into “city A” or “city B”, but to “location A – a middle-sized city in Southern Germany”. The level of abstraction for anonymization depends on the study content. The aim is to anonymize sensitive pieces of information while still retaining relevant information for re-using the data.
To support the anonymization process, an anonymization tool will be available soon. The tool is currently revised in cooperation with Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Pfeffer, Chair of Computational Social Science & Big Data at the Technical University of Munich, and will to be provided to primary researchers.
The guidelines for the anonymization of research data are currently still in a testing phase. Thus, we refer you to the anonymization concept of Qualiservice (in German).