The Timescapes Archive Incremental Project and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) Digital Forum 19 January 2011 Cambridge Libby Bishop University of Leeds – Timescapes University of Essex – UK Data Archive. Timescapes Themes.
Incremental Project and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
19 January 2011
University of Leeds – Timescapes
University of Essex – UK Data Archive
Relationships, identities, family life, intimacy, care and support
The dynamics of personal lives : key turning points and transitions
People’s biographies set against a backdrop of inter-generational and historical change
The data is from three waves of interviews with the respondent and includes transcripts and photographs taken by the respondent.
These essays can be matched to the NCDS survey data of 11 year olds done in 1969. Extensive quantitative data is available, along with the young people’s essays.
To give participants greater voice
To ensure precious, hard-to-collect data is used
4: Neither can we. (Member of Timescapes team)
Seemed like good ideas at the time…
Revised system for marking sensitive and anonymised text-PLEASE READ
These guidelines document an important shift from the previous (18 April version) for marking anonymised text. The previous version called for use of an XML tag “<seg>”. That system is no longer recommended and a new system has replaced it.
Timescapes recommends using the following system to indicate anonymised text. At the start of the text to be anonymised, use the punctuation marks @@. At the end of the text, use the marks ##...
“I think at the moment the issue for me, for us, is that we didn’t anticipate how long it would take to prepare the data for archiving. And because… it is current and we’re aware that the data that we’re working with, are people’s current situations, that makes us even more concerned about anonymising, perhaps. ..But because of the time-consuming process, it can feel like a lot of our time is preparing the data for other people to use, rather than us, who collected the data, getting the chance to work on it, which is not really what we, the kind of situation that we want to be in.” (Timescapes researcher)
Triple burden – collection, archiving, reuse
Burden fell disproportionately on early career researchers
But major successes as well
Consent – high success rate with difficult data
Demonstrated key role for fine-grained access controls
Innovations in researchers’ engagement with archiving
Working papers; researchers’ accounts in the archive
Stakeholder model has pros and cons
Growth in more powerful access control tools
Archive “parallel” accounts from researchers, in addition to other contextual documentation
Accounts can also help to showcase under-acknowledged skills of preparing data for archiving
Finally, just as participants don’t (usually) reveal more than they want to, researchers may learn skills from “the other side of the microphone”
Emerging bright spots…