"Balancing teens' privacy with desire to share data"
About the research
Inventing Adulthoods is a qualitative longitudinal study of young people growing up in five areas of England and Northern Ireland at the turn of the 21st century.
Its rich biographical material, contributed by young people who were 11 - 17 years old at the start of the study, provides a unique window on most aspects of growing up during an important period of social change in the decade 1996 - 2006.
About the data
The data sources considered for possible archiving for a showcase dataset were:
With such a rich and complex project the research team was concerned with contextualising the study historically and providing a taster for the cross-sectional aspects of the Inventing Adulthoods dataset.
Data was collected in waves of fieldwork and organised and coded cross-sectionally so that historical time – the chronological passage of events that frame the entire data set - provides the common thread that gives each successive wave a distinct and contemporary character.
The research team decided to archive this dataset so that other researchers could access it and help realise its potential for methodological and theoretical advancement.
They were mindful of balancing the archiving of their data with not compromising participants' privacy and trust.
One of the biggest challenges to archiving their data was the development of a system for anonymising transcripts that maintained richness and detail, as well as the flow of participants' words and stories.
There were also issues around managing data , selecting cases, gaining consent for archiving which needed to be taken into account. They identified 13 steps to archiving their data.
(Retrospective) longitudinal case archiving: The 13 steps
Reuse publications and outputs
You can read more about the team's concerns around providing context, confidentiality and anonymity and the technical potential for sharing data in this documentation.