In the 200th issue of the Bulletin EBIB, a journal addressed primarily to Polish librarians and specialists in scientific information, an article entitled ‘Qualitative Data Archive at IFiS PAN in a New Version’ appeared (authors: Maciej Melon and Danuta Życzyńska-Ciołek).
On October 19, 2021, Maciej Melon presented the Qualitative Data Archive to the participants of the second edition of the Data Steward School, organized by Visnea sp. z o. o.
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 of the meeting was more of a workshop character. After the presentation of the Archive’s tasks related to the daily work of archiving and making research data available – including the problems and doubts that arise – there were also questions from the participants, mainly concerning technical issues.
We are grateful for the invitation and the opportunity to share our experiences!
A new dataset entitled “Towards a Model of Polish Paradiplomacy” has been published in the QDA. The author of the collection is Dr. Igor Ksenicz from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. The dataset contains transcripts of interviews with representatives of circles responsible for creating Polish paradiplomacy: local government officials, government administration employees, and experts.
We are pleased to invite you to a webinar entitled Research Data in the Social Sciences. Presentation of the Social Data Repository. The webinar is jointly organized by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies at the University of Warsaw, and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw.
The webinar will take place on September 28, 2021 on the ClickMeeting platform.
During the webinar, we will:
– introduce you to contemporary approaches to data produced by academic research,
– discuss the issue of archiving and sharing such data,
– present the Social Data Repository,
– discuss social researchers’ dilemmas related to making research data available,
– consider legal issues related to making research data available in data repositories, in particular in the Social Data Repository.
The webinar is part of the “Disciplinary Open Research Data Repositories” project. The project is run by two units of the University of Warsaw (Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling and Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies) in partnership with the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The Digital Poland Project Centre (Centrum Projektów Polska Cyfrowa) granted a subsidy of PLN 4 998 889 for the implementation of the project. This amount includes funds from European funds in the amount of PLN 4 230 559,76 and from the state budget in the amount of PLN 768 329,24.
A new dataset entitled “Research by Stanisław Ossowski’s team on Jakub Szela in the Jasło area” has been published in the QDA. The dataset consists of materials from research conducted in 1950 by Stanisław Ossowski’s team in the vicinity of Jasło in the Podkarpacie region, on the territory of former Galicia, where Jakub Szela, the leader of the Peasant Revolt of 1846, was born. The study dealt with the memory of the Peasant Revolt, as well as issues related to the past of the localities under study, their social structure, political life, experiences from the times before World War II, during the war, and the first post-war years.
The team did not manage to publish the results of their research because shortly after the materials were collected, the communist authorities removed sociology from the University of Warsaw (and from academic institutions) and banned Ossowski from teaching.
The materials included in the dataset have been preserved in the archives of the former Section of Sociology, which was once headed by Ossowski (currently, it is the Section of Methodology and Sociological Theory at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Warsaw). They have been digitized thanks to Professor Antoni Sułek, who stored them and enabled their archiving in the Qualitative Data Archive.
During the 9th Transdisciplinary Symposium of Qualitative Research (June 8-9, 2021), members of the QDA team presented two papers:
- Spotkania po latach: powroty do danych i uczestników badań jakościowych. Kilka metodologicznych wyzwań i prób sprostania im [Meetings after Years: Revisiting Data and Participants in Qualitative Research. Several Methodological Challenges and Attempts to Address them] – Magdalena Bielińska, Danuta Życzyńska-Ciołek
Abstract in Polish
- Udostępnianie danych z badań jakościowych – możliwości, szanse i wyzwania [Sharing Qualitative Research Data – Opportunities, Chances, and Challenges] – Danuta Życzyńska-Ciołek, Magdalena Bielińska, Piotr Filipkowski
Abstract in Polish
On May 31, 2021, the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies (University of Warsaw), and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (University of Warsaw) organized an online webinar ‘Research Data in the Social Sciences. Presentation of the Social Data Repository.’
The webinar was part of the project ‘Disciplinary Repositories of Open Research Data,’ carried out by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling UW in partnership with the Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies (University of Warsaw), the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The project is funded by a grant from the Operational Program Digital Poland (POPC), Axis II E-government and open government, Sub-activity 2.3.1 Digital access to public sector information from administrative sources and resources of science. Total amount of the grant is PLN 4,998,889.
The Social Data Repository, the platform on which the Qualitative Data Archive stores its resources, has been entered in two international registers of research data repositories: re3data and OpenDoar. Relevant entries can be found at:
The 4th edition of Pomeranian Open Science Conference was held online on April 14-16, 2021.
The Conference programme included the following topics:
- Organizational and legal aspects of research data dissemination
- Tools and repositories for research data
- Professionalizing data stewardship
- Research data sharing across scientific disciplines
- Projects and initiatives enabling research data sharing
During the Conference, Dr. Wojciech Fenrich (University of Warsaw) presented the project „Disciplinary Repositories for Open Data.” The result of the project is, among others, launching Social Data Repository – the platform through which the data collections of our Archive are currently available.
On March 18, 2021, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives, CESSDA ERIC (cessda.eu), together with the Polish Social Data Archive (PADS) and the Qualitative Data Archive at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ADJ) organised an online event titled ‘CESSDA Data Day 2021’.
CESSDA brings together social science data archives across Europe, with the aim of promoting the results of social science research and supporting national and international research and cooperation. Currently, 22 European countries are members of CESSDA ERIC, while 13 countries, including Poland, have partner status. PADS and ADJ actively support the idea of Poland joining CESSDA in order to make the empirical achievements of Polish social sciences more widely available and to promote them internationally.
More information on the CESSDA Data Day 2021: http://www.ads.org.pl/cessda-data-day-2021/.