Could you provide some information on the main qualitative data formats?
Rich text format (RTF) is used for the majority of qualitative studies. Rich text format files will open into most text editors and almost all word processing packages. Other formats may include plain text (.txt), MS Word (.doc, .docx) or OpenDocument (.odt) format.
Portable document format (.pdf)
Documents or Scans are often provided in Portable Document Format (.pdf), as it is a file format independent of application software, hardware and operating systems and can be viewed by the free-of-charge Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Qualitative data collections may contain audio or video recordings or digital images. Audio files are mostly supplied in .mp3 format (usually generated from the source .wav files during processing). Digital image files are commonly made available in JPEG (.jpg), TIFF (.tif or .tiff) or PNG (.png) format, though other formats may be available as well. Popular video formats are AVI (.avi), QuickTime (.mov) and MPEG-2 (.mpg).
First steps: Overview
First steps for new users
- Edit License & Access
- Edit Metadata
- Edit Data Set Description & Add Tags
- Edit Dataset Description
- Dataset Publishing
- Edit Dataset Versions
- Manage Datafiles
- Edit Related Publications
- Data Set Upload
- Edit collaboration
- Edit Data Submission Agreement
- Best Practices for Data Submission
- Best Practices for the Documentation of Data Collection
- Checklist for the Documentation of Data Collection
- Best Practices for Discussion
- Best Practices for Curators
- Best Practices for Interviews
- Best Practices for Informed Consent
- Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice