Workshop within the Data Steward Programme at the University of Silesia

On December 4, 2023, Maciej Melon from the Quality Data Archive team led a workshop at the University of Silesia in Katowice for people who want to become data stewards in several departments at the University. The meeting consisted of three parts – a presentation of a typical data management plan, a discussion of data steward tasks from the practical side, and a commentary on the support tools developed at the University for researchers carrying out projects where research data is managed.

Oral History Seminars during 2023/24 academic year

The new academic year will see the continuation of the Oral History Seminars – workshop meetings dedicated to the analysis of oral history interviews. The first meeting will take place on 25th October from 13.30 to 17.30 in room 154 of the Staszic Palace. Subsequent meetings will take place on the fourth Wednesday of the month (except December). At the beginning of October, the organisers of the cycle – Dr. Piotr Filipkowski from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN) and Dr. Jakub Gałęziowski from the University of Warsaw – will send out materials for the first meeting and a tentative plan for the next ones. Persons who have not participated in the Seminars before and would like to receive information on it are requested to write to:

Our data used in the book “Encasement. On furnishing flats in the People’s Republic of Poland” by Agata Szydłowska

The Czarne publishing house has published Agata Szydłowska’s book entitled. “Encasement. On furnishing flats in the People’s Republic of Poland“. The book uses photographs from the dataset “Lifestyles in Polish Cities” – a collection containing materials from Prof. Andrzej Sicinski’s research, available at QDA.

Presentation on the QDA for participants of the Data Steward School

On October 20, 2022, Maciej Melon presented the Qualitative Data Archive to the participants of the third edition of the Data Steward School, organized by Visnea company.

In the first part of the meeting, Maciej Melon presented the history of the Archive and outlined its current tasks related to the preservation of the cultural heritage of social sciences, data reinterpretation and research revisits. He also pointed to the transparency of methods and tools used by researchers, which the Archive promotes.

The second part was more of a workshop, describing the Archive’s tasks related to the day-to-day work on archiving and making research data available. There was considerable discussion on issues and concerns, such as the impact of anonymisation on the subsequent usability of data or the tension between making data open and protecting the rights of those being interviewed. There were also technical questions, related to file formats or the types of licences used in QDA.

We are grateful for the invitation and the opportunity to share our experiences!