Re-Visioning Regulation of Data Sharing in Social Science


International Symposium 23–24 March 2017, Linköping University

The regulation of data sharing is now a key European and international policy concern as evidenced in the recent proliferation of policy documents. The case for such regulation is made on the grounds that it is consistent with the ethic and practice of open scientific inquiry and is a cost-efficient use of public funds because it allows re-analysis of existing datasets. The international social science community, however, and particularly its qualitative researchers, have raised concerns that regulating, institutionalizing and standardizing data sharing practices privilege a specific philosophical, methodological and ethical understanding and practice of social science while marginalizing alternative approaches.

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together a small international group of social scientists from nine nations (Australia, England, Germany, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States) with relevant expertise to discuss the regulation of data archiving and sharing in the social sciences and its possible future directions.

The two-day event is being held 23-24 March 2017 at Linköping University.


Natasha Mauthner, University of Aberdeen, Scotland (

Zoran Slavnic, Linköping University, Sweden (


Symposium programme

Day 1: 23 March 2017

Re-visioning the regulation of data sharing in the social sciences

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00 Opening remarks
Zoran Slavnic and Natasha Mauthner

9:15 Welcome address
Prof. Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Linköping University

9:30-10:00 Re-visioning the regulation of data sharing in the social sciences
Natasha Mauthner, University of Aberdeen, UK and Zoran Slavnic, Linköping University, Sweden

10:00-10:30 Policies for sharing research data in the social sciences and humanities: An international perspective
Trond Kvamme, University of Bergen and Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD).

10:30-11:00 Coffee/Tea

11:00-11:30 Rethinking “qualitative research”: keeping distinctive social relations of knowledge production in view while re‐visioning the regulation of “data” archiving and sharing
Rena Lederman, Princeton University, USA

11:30-12:00 The development and demise of qualitative data archiving in Australia: What role for regulation and researchers?
Lynda Cheshire, University of Queensland, Australia

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:30-2:00 Social science archives and lessons from history: a view from Australia on research governance and practices in the age of data sharing
Julie McLeod, Melbourne University, Australia

2:00-2:30 The second look at qualitative interview data. Infrastructure and new perspectives for German social science research
Tobias Gebel, University of Bielefeld

2:30-3:00 Coffee/Tea

3:00-3:30 Qualitative Data Preservation and Re-Use in Sweden - a policy creation, implementation and consequences
Zoran Slavnic, Linköping University, Sweden

3:30-4:00 From ‘strong encouragement’ to gentle coercion: the instilling of data archiving as a normative practice within postgraduate research training in the UK
Ashli Mullen, University of Glasgow, UK

7:00 Conference dinner.

Day 2: 24 March 2017

Re-visioning social science data archives

9:00-9:30 Adapting to change in data archiving: Mass Observation in an age of data
Fiona Courage, Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex, UK

9:30-10:00 What can qualitative social science learn from community archiving practices?
Niamh Moore, University of Edinburgh, UK

10:00-10:30 Coffee/Tea

10:30-11:00 Curating childhoods: starting with the archive
Rachel Thompson, University of Sussex, UK

11:00-11:30 Building Qualitative Data Archive in Poland – and searching for its identity. Some impressions from the work in progress.
Piotr Filipkowski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

11:30-12:00 A genealogy of the UK Data Archive
Aleksandra Hauber and Natasha Mauthner, University of Aberdeen Business School, UK

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:30 Data archives and the (re)making of data
Judit Gárdos, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Natasha Mauthner, University of Aberdeen Business School, UK

1:30-2:00 What of the researcher in the regulation of data archiving and sharing? A view from the UK.
Susie Weller, University of Southampton, UK

2:00-2:30 Coffee/Tea

2:30-5:00 Round table discussion and future directions