Qualitative Data Repository

The Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) is a dedicated archive for preserving, sharing, and discovering digital data produced through qualitative or multi-method research in the social sciences. The development of QDR’s technical infrastructure is lead by Dr. Nicholas Weber and Dr. Carole Palmer of the Information School at the University of Washington.

QDR’s technical infrastructure provides reliable long-term preservation solutions that have been purposefully built to meet the security and privacy protections necessary for qualitative data archiving. Additionally, the data curation team at QDR can help qualitative scholars prepare their data for deposit with QDR, create descriptive metadata and documentation about a completed or ongoing project, and offer guidance on best practices for securely and sustainably managing digital materials. QDR is funded by the National Science Foundation, and hosted by the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry, a unit of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. To find out more about archiving, managing, or sharing your data with QDR please see:


Nicholas Weber is an Assistant Professor in the Information School, a member of the Data Science and Analytics Lab ( and the Technical Director of the Qualitative Data Repository, hosted by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research focuses on sociotechnical sustainability, data governance, and the use of public sector information for social good. Nic completed a PhD at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois in 2015.

carole-palmerCarole Palmer is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the Information School. Her research investigates how to advance information systems and services to support interdisciplinary inquiry, with a focus on data curation and digital research collections. Her current work examines the reuse value of data across disciplines and emerging best practices in open data services. Before joining the Information School at the University of Washington in 2014, she was Professor and Director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science & Scholarship in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.