>>> Are there any special issues involved in assuring confidentiality
and the protection >>> of research subjects when one is storing digital
Betsy, I'm not sure if this is the same question you're asking, but FQS
1:3 has an essay by Corti, Day, and Backhouse: "Confidentiality and
Informed Consent: Issues for Consideration in the Preservation of and
Provision of Access to Qualitative Data Archives."
Our university's Human Subjects Review panel goes so far as to prohibit
digital audio recording (as well as most internet-based interviewing
approaches). The official procedure is to use two cassette recorders
simultaneously, presenting interviewees with their own copy at the end
of taping. This seems to have less to do with long-term confidentiality
issues, but I'm sure the university would also implement strong controls
on digital recordings, should they ever accept the technology.
University of Maryland, College Park
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