30 Nov-2 Dec 2020 Online (France)
Usability of DDI for Addressing the Issues of Ethnographic Data
Dolinar Maja  1@  
1 : University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenian Social Science Data Archives

The Statement on Data Governance in Ethnographic Projects by the European Association of Social Anthropologists exposes core methodological and ethical practices that have concrete implications for the norms and forms of data management in ethnology and anthropology. These include (1) issues of data ownership, as ethnographic materials are co-produced by researchers and research participants and embedded in particular social contexts, (2) challenges of archiving, as ethnographic research data are always part of social relations and thus not always easily archived, (3) issues of consents, since dynamics of ethnographic participation do not always enable obtaining prior informed consent from participants, (4) challenge of custodianship, as researchers bear responsibility for ethnographic materials that are usually negotiated with research participants, (5) possibilities of embargo in cases where materials cannot be anonymized and (6) issues of public access and sharing. The Empirical Humanities Working Group of the Research Data Alliance deals with finding the right metadata standard and use cases from a broad range of metadata standards to provide researchers from empirical humanities (history, folklore, cultural anthropology and other fields) the appropriate guidance in research data management. The paper aims to show that DDI Codebook 2.5 can be an appropriate metadata standard that addresses the various kinds of ethnographic data (such as recorded interviews, field notes, video and audio materials, and photographs, among others) and can resolve the challenges of ethnographic data as stated in the above-mentioned Statement.


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