Resource for Archiving & Sharing Qualitative Data

December 7, 2022

The U-M Library has renewed the university's membership in the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR), which offers researchers a convenient and flexible option for sharing and preserving qualitative and mixed-methods research data once the active stage of the research project is completed. 

Use the QDR archive to store, share, and discover a wide range of digital data and accompanying documentation generated or collected through qualitative and mixed-method research.

There is growing emphasis on sharing data by publishers and funders, including federal agencies, to increase research impact, rigor, and transparency. QDR has staff dedicated to helping you prepare your data to be deposited. You’re not on your own to figure out de-identification of qualitative data, data description, or varying security levels based on the sensitivity of your data.

If you’re interested in using QDR to archive your research, take a look at their deposit guide or reach out to the U-M Library Qualitative Working Group at

QDR is supported by the National Science Foundation, and hosted by the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry at Syracuse University.

For sharing and preserving other research outputs, including data, use U-M’s institutional repository, Deep Blue, which houses documents, videos, digital research data, and more. For learning about other data storage options on campus, including those for active data use, check out the ITS Data Storage Finder.

More information about resources and support for managing and sharing research data of all kinds is available through the Research Data Stewardship Initiative (RDSI), along with September’s RDSI Record article.


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