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Data Exchange Tools and Conversion Utilities

This project developed, refined and tested models for data exchange for both survey data and qualitative research data. Research was also conducted into the viability of developing the automated conversion procedures for legacy formats.

This project explored the feasibility of developing data exchange models and data conversion tools for primary research data collected in the course of empirical research. It developed, refined and tested models for data exchange for both survey data and qualitative research data based on eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML)/Resource Description Framework (RDF) schema and developed tools for data import and export. The work also researched the feasibility of developing automated conversion procedures for legacy formats.

The data formats included are those that are commonly used in research such as SPSS, Stata, XML, Atlas-ti, MaxQDA and Nvivo. The test data selected for this project were from the social sciences, but these formats were typically found across all domains of primary research. A small scale evaluation of the models and tools were carried out in order to inform JISC of the most viable options for future development in this area.

The project released a set of data conversion tools, and a schema called QuDEx for describing qualitative data, which is now in production.

Archive contribution

The UK Data Archive researched and developed qualitative and numeric data exchanges and standard conversion tools, which were tested and evaluated.

Principal investigator:  Louise Corti
Funder:  JISC Capital Repositories and Preservation Programme, Tools and Innovation Strand
Dates:  January 2006 - March 2008
Contact:  Louise Corti
Links:  DExT final report
DExT final report appendices
DExT ODAF report
QuDEx project


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