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Towards Open Science for the Qualitative Researcher: From a Positivist to an Open Interpretation

Published in International journal of qualitative methods. 2021, vol. 20, p. 1-15

This reflection by a qualitative researcher stems from a concrete experience with data handling in a funded research project. The researcher followed Open Research Data guidelines and found optimal solutions to pseudonymise data, but this later evolved into a deep epistemological questioning on praxis. During the first phase of the project, a tailor-made software was developed with help from librarians and an IT professional to automate the pseudonymisation of the 150 data chunks generated by 16 students, 3 tutors and 3 decision makers. In the second phase of the project, this experience sparked questions about the meaning of such data handling and interpretations of Open Science, which led the researcher to suggest a framework for the professional development of qualitative researchers in their understanding of Open Science. The article raises awareness of normative frameworks in institutional data handling practices and calls for active contributions to defining qualitative research in an Open Science perspective, particularly taking as a reference the recent draft recommendation by UNESCO (2020)

Keywords Open scienceData handlingPseudonymisationEpistemological questioning
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Research group Technologies de formation et d'apprentissage (TECFA)
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CLASS, Barbara et al. Towards Open Science for the Qualitative Researcher: From a Positivist to an Open Interpretation. In: International journal of qualitative methods, 2021, vol. 20, p. 1-15. doi: 10.1177/16094069211034641 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:155794

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