Lifespan Research & Data Archive Repository (RADAR)
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Lifespan Research Group (Department of Health And Social
Care) has gained funding from JISC
Programme for Repositories Start-up) to support the development,
preservation and future accessibility of its valuable collection of
life histories. This will provide the foundations for exploring the
requirements for an information environment for research data collections
in the frame of the College-wide Digital Object Repository (DOR). The
project will involve the design of a digitisation strategy that embraces
and defines best-practice solutions for long-term digital data preservation
and the processes of creating, submitting and accessing current and
future critical datasets in all fields of enquiry. This will need to
ensure compliance with data security, copyright legislation, licensing,
and associated audit functions. Royal Holloway has committed to deliver
adequate means for knowledge exchange, which include forward-looking
information environments and their interoperability with current and
future strategic alliances. The Lifespan RADAR project will provide
an initiative to meet with these demands generally, and hopes to become
a hub for future nationwide social science research activity through
the preservation and preparation for re-use of a unique data set held
within the Lifespan group.
JISC supports UK further & higher education and research by providing leadership in the use of Information and Communications Technology in support of learning, teaching, research and administration. JISC receives funding from all the UK further and higher education funding councils.
The Lifespan Collection consists of an intergenerational sample of over 500 family members living in North London in the 1990s, who gave their life stories from childhood to the present day in taped interviews. There are around 3,400 hours of audio taped interviews, rated schedules in the form of paper records, and an electronic quantitative data set that need to be fully archived and made available for future research. To date, this unique data set has been the source of many research publications into topics such as childhood neglect/abuse; adult stress and coping; attachment style; self-esteem; relationship with partner and parenting behaviour as well as lifetime psychiatric disorders both affective and behavioural. However, the qualitative aspects are as yet largely untapped and additional analyses still wait to be undertaken. With a diverse team (including researchers from psychology, oral history, history and musicology) working on the project. The long-term aim is to release the collection’s interdisciplinary potential for a wider research community.
Aims and Objectives
- Implement an information environment suitable to the research group’s
needs and epistemological underpinnings
- Secure funding for population of the Digital Object Repository and
further storage space.
- Research best-practice preservation solutions with appropriate legal
and ethical considerations.
- Explore options for use in new research projects and create appropriate
- Develop a framework for other similar start-up ventures within Royal
Holloway, University of London complementing the Digital Object Repository’s
(DOR) e-learning and teaching infrastructure.
- Lay the groundwork for and explore the potential use in e-learning
- Create communication layer that incorporates
future interoperability with similar projects in the social sciences
(specifically in the interest of Lifespan), with RHUL’s strategic
alliances (St. George’s University of London and Kingston University),
and other research lines within the wider community.
Principal Investigator: Prof.
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr.
Research Assistants: Ananay
Aguilar and Leonie
IT Developer: Alison
Web Designer and Administrator: Natasa